Monday, May 9, 2011

New elastic Housing Supply

The Shed Hunters

The rising number of gardens being used to house people in so-called "sheds with beds" is causing concern among officials. Slough Council in Berkshire said a number of garden structures were being rented out unlawfully

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14 thoughts on “New elastic Housing Supply

  • I’m astonished they are not celebrated as innovative trend setters in a growing buy to let market by auntie beeb.

    Oh I forgot. These people are common. And their enterprise depresses current rental incomes.

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  • Rental John says:

    Outhouse Outhouse Outhouse

    Dream Sheds (or Grand Sheds)

    Escape to the Garden

    Sheds under the hammer

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Garden grabbing in the most literal sense! Down with this sort of thing! It will put pressure on local services and deprive wildlife of urban space to enrich communities!

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  • Rental John says:

    Sorry – got a few more….

    Outhouse. Phil down under / Country Shed Rescue / A place in the shed / Three in a shed / Kirstie’s homemade shed / Help! My shed is falling down / The shed show

    ( Source http://www.channel4.com/4homes/ )

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  • I think I am right in saying that without you can have a caravan or mobile home as long as it is in use by ‘family’ and within within curtilage of the main house.

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  • This has been going on for the last ten years, but nothing mattered, just as long as property prices were soaring.

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  • this highlights the serious problem of overpriced housing stock

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  • @5

    It does, mark. Homelessness is not a laughing matter.

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  • bidin'matime says:

    Seriously, the last one looked quite liveable – many home-owners live in much worse as they carry out renovations – I certainly have. But the council guy described it as the worst he’d seen! Maybe that is the problem – we live in an age when a gas cooker on the side is considered beyond the pale – I lent my neighbour an identical cooker while he had his new kitchen built. God knows what the council guy would have made of the outside loo that we put up with in our first house (oh, I forgot – he probably wasnt born then…)

    Maybe the gradual raising of ‘standards’ has been partly to blame for the shortage of homes and rising prices. I should think that many of these immigrants regard their new shed homes as being a huge improvement on life back home – and again, I say that in all seriousness – when you watch documentaries about how people live in many parts of the world, to have a flushing loo and a separate room to sleep in would be a luxury for many millions of people.

    If we are not going to get tough on sending them home, we need to look for more ways to accommodate them here, instead of hounding them out of their perfectly reasonable living accommodation.

    Of course, it’s a planning issue – if they were caravans, then it would be okay, because they are not permanent and do not confer any long-term right to occupy that piece of land as a separate dwelling, but sheds (they were more than sheds – garages) are fixed. Maybe what is needed is a ‘temporary dwelling’ status, doing away with the idea that just because it has been occupied as a dwelling, it accrues a right to continue as such. Recognise that these temporary dwellings exist, work out a tax regime for them and make it all work in the interest of society.

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  • bidin'matime says:

    I love it! An advert for garden cabins at the top the the HPC page! (That’s as I look at it now – I know that they change, so you might not see it). Whatever you think about the ethics of advertising garden cabins on a report about people living in sheds, you’ve got to admire the technology that works it all out…

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  • 6. dill said…@5

    “It does, mark. Homelessness is not a laughing matter.”

    ~ Quiet, especially when it is used as the ultimate in blackmail. Go alone to get along.

    One of our most basic rights has been hijacked right from under the noses of our government and our so called guardians.

    How much more removed from human purpose are the mass populous and their leaders going to get before before they get to drink from

    the poisoned chalice of debt.

    ~ When will the UK see it’s bombing drones and from where will they attack in the name of human rights and ‘democracy for all.’

    Homelessness isn’t just about sleeping rough, it’s also about sleeping in someone elses backyard, motionless, at the side of the masters

    vicious guard dog.

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  • Why can’t these “officials” mind their own business?

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  • @peter
    Presumably because they fear non-payment of council tax through unregistered dwellers, and non-payment of rent / mortgages favoured by central government as it supports the rentier class overrepresented by their supporters.
    N

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Paul, the officials couldn’t care less – it’s the NIMBYs who want them to clamp down on This Sort Of Thing.

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