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Bought from the council for £50k in 2000. Sold in 2000 for £750k.

Nice discount..... I bet the council tenant that made £700k in six months was straight down to by some ncie Burberry and Elizabeth Duke chains.

Actually on second thoughts you'd get a lot of Burberry for £700k.

Resold August 2005, £850k

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How did they sell it in less than 3 yrs? Right to buy requires tenant to remain for a defined period or have to repay the price reduction subsidy.

Oh and can l just say how disgusted l was in the late 90's having only just started work, not earning enough to buy a house and watching the council give away listed city centre properties for as little as 11k to useless lazy spongers (Norwich-Willow lane). What kind of system hands over the primary goal of any hardworking individual to a total ***** who has sat on his **** with his hand out since he left school?? Nice social system!

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There was a council hosue in wythenshaw with stables and a wine cellar but they had to wait til the tenant died before they could sell it off as she'd refused to move. Was 200k ish I think when they sold it - but can't find a story about it to verify info.

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How did they sell it in less than 3 yrs? Right to buy requires tenant to remain for a defined period or have to repay the price reduction subsidy.

Oh and can l just say how disgusted l was in the late 90's having only just started work, not earning enough to buy a house and watching the council give away listed city centre properties for as little as 11k to useless lazy spongers (Norwich-Willow lane). What kind of system hands over the primary goal of any hardworking individual to a total ***** who has sat on his **** with his hand out since he left school?? Nice social system!

I know, the council houses right to buy is a reward for failure.

I remember I was working with a woman who spent her life as a cleaner, got knocked up when she was about 18. Husband was a complete good-for-nothing, knocked several of her teeth out. Her daughter followed suit, and also got pregnant at 18. Gets thousands in tax credits.

Anyway, I was making £25k/year (doing better now, but didn't know I would then), paying my £875/month in rent, and there she was having achieved nothing in her life busy selling off her council house she'd bought at a massive discount in Ealing (and had got a 125% mortgage which she used to spend on holidays and so on), and was going to use the money to buy her parent's right-to-buy council house as well, so they obviously hadn't achieved anything with their lives either.

So there I was wondering at the social justic of it, a family of underachievers rewarded with thousands in cash, free houses, and I was working hard, and couldn't afford to buy anything.

Talk about reward for failure. It's no wonder this country is full of illiterate violent feral chavs when we reinforce inter-generational failure with free housing, £10k++/yr in free cash if you have a kid, etc.

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I'm searching for Britain's most expensive ex-Local Authority place. What's the best people have found?

Was at the in-laws at weekend in an old 1930's Peabody HA/LA estate in Shepherd's Bush, London. On surface it looks ok, but in past few years has become very rough, and also a dumping ground for waring Serb and Bosnian asylum seekers.

LA recently sold off a few flats. These are unmodernised 1930's flats with 1930's electrics/plumbing, no central heating, no double glazing, and major subsidence to the blocks. Windows replaced only 2 years ago wont open/close and are visibly out of kilter!

Small 2 bed flats, same at in-laws went to "investors" for £250k, some 3 beds for £300k

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I know, the council houses right to buy is a reward for failure.

I remember I was working with a woman who spent her life as a cleaner, got knocked up when she was about 18. Husband was a complete good-for-nothing, knocked several of her teeth out. Her daughter followed suit, and also got pregnant at 18. Gets thousands in tax credits.

Anyway, I was making £25k/year (doing better now, but didn't know I would then), paying my £875/month in rent, and there she was having achieved nothing in her life busy selling off her council house she'd bought at a massive discount in Ealing (and had got a 125% mortgage which she used to spend on holidays and so on), and was going to use the money to buy her parent's right-to-buy council house as well, so they obviously hadn't achieved anything with their lives either.

So there I was wondering at the social justic of it, a family of underachievers rewarded with thousands in cash, free houses, and I was working hard, and couldn't afford to buy anything.

Talk about reward for failure. It's no wonder this country is full of illiterate violent feral chavs when we reinforce inter-generational failure with free housing, £10k++/yr in free cash if you have a kid, etc.

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Small 2 bed flats, same at in-laws went to "investors" for £250k, some 3 beds for £300k

Ex-LA flats can cost you more than you think. What tends to happen is that when repairs need to be done to the estate, the LA get the leaseholders to stump up the cash - obviously the tenants can't pay for it, so the leaseholders foot the bill. In some cases, I have known a leaseholder on an ex-LA flat receiving a bill for £1500 for having their front door painted. This was calculated on the cost of painting the front doors of all the estate, divided by the number of leaseholders. The council tenants got theirs painted for free.

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Oh and can l just say how disgusted l was in the late 90's having only just started work, not earning enough to buy a house and watching the council give away listed city centre properties for as little as 11k to useless lazy spongers (Norwich-Willow lane). What kind of system hands over the primary goal of any hardworking individual to a total ***** who has sat on his **** with his hand out since he left school?? Nice social system!

Oh you ******* PEASANT, shut the **** up . . . . How do YOU know if they're spongers. Are you saying everyone who's lived in a council flat is a good-for-nothing parasite ?

Lots of people bought their council homes and have worked bloody hard to do it often doing jobs that *****s like you wouldn't dream of. I can understand folks being pissed off about the HPI and the fact they've been priced out but most of these RTBs are buying schit pits which will be very difficult to flog on later so have no fear . . . they're not gonna be spending money that the poor, hapless priced-out wannabe FTBs could've had anyime soon.

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There was an ex-LA flat (I think) sold for about 1.1 million in Chelsea a year or so ago which made headline news.

Would that be Frank Dobson's council flat?These champagne socialists are good at stripping the country of its wealth to their own ends.not forgetting the one million pound pension packages.

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If you are looking for expensive ex-local authority properties you should look in the Barbican, London. A lot of those where council houses I believe. I know that places in there are absolutely sky high, I work near there and often have to go in there.

Nice place to live, I thought it was v.ugly at first but it grows on you, has a certain charm! Has a Cinema/Theatre school, nursery shops etc, all on the estate.

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How did they sell it in less than 3 yrs? Right to buy requires tenant to remain for a defined period or have to repay the price reduction subsidy.

Oh and can l just say how disgusted l was in the late 90's having only just started work, not earning enough to buy a house and watching the council give away listed city centre properties for as little as 11k to useless lazy spongers (Norwich-Willow lane). What kind of system hands over the primary goal of any hardworking individual to a total ***** who has sat on his **** with his hand out since he left school?? Nice social system!

It is hard to justify this system. The worse bit is that even if the years housing benefit paid count for the reduction.

I have seen adverts in Spanish language papers that say "Returning to South America don't lose your right to buy your council house".

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Oh you ******* PEASANT, shut the **** up . . . . How do YOU know if he was a sponger. Are you saying everyone who's lived in a council flat is a good-for-nothing parasite ?

They should NEVER have been sold regardless. Just like the railways should never have been sold etc etc.. Ho Hum...

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They should NEVER have been sold regardless. Just like the railways should never have been sold etc etc.. Ho Hum...

Whatever ! They have been. Deal with it !

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In sheer value for money terms: there is a LA estate in Blackpool called "Grange Park" I think.

Drive through it and you'll see every block of flats has the windows of the ground floor boarded up; some of the houses too.

The last time I saw one for sale it was asking 65k: I would have thought they are effectively worthless. Anyone who could afford to buy there would steer well clear, you might as well go via the council or HA and live in the same block for less money.

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If you are looking for expensive ex-local authority properties you should look in the Barbican, London. A lot of those where council houses I believe. I know that places in there are absolutely sky high, I work near there and often have to go in there.

Nice place to live, I thought it was v.ugly at first but it grows on you, has a certain charm! Has a Cinema/Theatre school, nursery shops etc, all on the estate.

I initially thought this, but it turns out that the Barbican was never 'council' housing. It is owned and managed by the Corporation of London, but was built for, and intended for, well-heeled City professionals.

See here:

http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation..._and_design.htm

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Ex-LA flats can cost you more than you think. What tends to happen is that when repairs need to be done to the estate, the LA get the leaseholders to stump up the cash - obviously the tenants can't pay for it, so the leaseholders foot the bill. In some cases, I have known a leaseholder on an ex-LA flat receiving a bill for £1500 for having their front door painted. This was calculated on the cost of painting the front doors of all the estate, divided by the number of leaseholders. The council tenants got theirs painted for free.

That is very unfair they should have gone to the small claims court because surely in the case of the council owned flats the council was the lease and freeholder and so should have paid.

However in my experience leasehold is a rip off private is no better and can be worse depending on your luck.

It depends on the local authority Lambeth is or rather was a rip off.

I think the fact that leasehold is a bad system is that other countries don't have it.

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That is very unfair they should have gone to the small claims court because surely in the case of the council owned flats the council was the lease and freeholder and so should have paid.

However in my experience leasehold is a rip off private is no better and can be worse depending on your luck.

It depends on the local authority Lambeth is or rather was a rip off.

I guess it would be difficult to prove. But it must be the only explanation for having to pay huge sums for nominal 'maintenance'.

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