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Low Demand Or Low Quality: Can't Give Them Away

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http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/tenancies/landlord-to-sell-homes-left-empty-by-the-bedroom-tax/7007973.article

The 20,500-home group said that 130 of the 220 properties it owns in the village of Horden, near Easington, are currently standing empty due to low demand. A further 30 of the 141 homes it owns in Blackhall are also empty. It is looking to sell them all after ‘exhausting’ all attempts to keep them as social homes.

Ms Stone said the group will look to dispose of further homes in the two villages as they become empty. It says the homes would require £7m to be spent on them in order to reach quality standard.


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So no demand - Are we assuming they're 3 bedroom houses and have been offered on the open market to anyone who wants to be a HA tenant?

Does that mean EVERYONE who wants a 3 bed house is on HB in that area?

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http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/tenancies/landlord-to-sell-homes-left-empty-by-the-bedroom-tax/7007973.article

The 20,500-home group said that 130 of the 220 properties it owns in the village of Horden, near Easington, are currently standing empty due to low demand. A further 30 of the 141 homes it owns in Blackhall are also empty. It is looking to sell them all after ‘exhausting’ all attempts to keep them as social homes.

Ms Stone said the group will look to dispose of further homes in the two villages as they become empty. It says the homes would require £7m to be spent on them in order to reach quality standard.

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So no demand - Are we assuming they're 3 bedroom houses and have been offered on the open market to anyone who wants to be a HA tenant?

Does that mean EVERYONE who wants a 3 bed house is on HB in that area?

As one of the bedrooms in these kind of houses is tiny surely one option is to renovate and turn it into an ensuite.

Then its a 2 bedroom place enabling more families to avoid the under-occupancy penalty.

Never understand why they just dont pay per amount of people in the house be it a 1 bed or 4 bed.

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Its pretty simple really.Anyone who can afford it buys up here as houses are still very cheap compared to the rest of the country.Decent 3 bed semis's ex council (but very good quality) can be had for £60-70k.

The only people who rent social houses are on benefits.The ones on benefit dont want 3 beds due to bedroom tax.

There is very little movement of people on and off housing benefit.In our local school 29% of children get free school meals,27% rent from social housing in the catchment.

My friend has a lot of BTL houses in the area,bought them a long time ago for £8k-£12k cash buys,rents to housing benefit only,wont take people working.He gets £320 a month rent on them.Bedroom tax doesnt affect him.

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