Introduce right to buy

Please introduce a right to buy of older social housing.

Why the contribution is important

This would enable people to get on the housing ladder

Create capital to build up to date housing


by Jkermode on May 08, 2017 at 06:49PM

Current Rating

Average rating: 1.0
Based on: 2 votes


  • Posted by Runhomeslow May 09, 2017 at 17:18

    Bad, Bad , Bad idea - a Thatcherism ide in the UK that made huge profits for the buyers and in the long term ended up costing the country a lot more in having to build more council houses for the needy.

    But only the needy should be in social housing, and there should be regular means testing and review, moving people into smaller homes or out altogether (or charge a full rent, at least as high as private sector rents that provide the same services of maintenance and regular improvements). Non-needy people have NO right to social housing.
  • Posted by Jkermode May 09, 2017 at 18:42

    The older housing is costing the govt more to upkeep, by simply moving people out this will not improve the current housing stock. Some housing is not fit for purpose damp, illegal room size and faulty electrics. If rents are increased to a commercial level this loses the whole point of social housing. The gov should set aside a percentage of the rent paid by tenants so they can save for a mortgage deposit. Right to buy does work if there are controls in place and the money used is only spend on new housing.
      You could of course argue is anybody poorer enough to warrant social housing but that's an argument for another time.
  • Posted by manxlady May 09, 2017 at 21:03

    Fully agree with runhomeslow. Wordt thing Thatcher ever did.
  • Posted by mike_c_b May 10, 2017 at 09:22

    Terrible idea - it would just reduce the stock of SOCIAL housing, as it has across.
  • Posted by mike_c_b May 10, 2017 at 09:33

    "The gov should set aside a percentage of the rent paid by tenants so they can save for a mortgage deposit"

    Is this the nanny state gone wild?

    So the government would be giving the houses away. How does that save money? I agree that faulty electrics and damp should be fixed, but what are illegal room sizes? One wonders why folks would want to buy these houses if they are in such a terrible state? Would the government not be in dereliction of duty by selling these derelict houses?
  • Posted by bluffy May 10, 2017 at 15:26

    Introduce mid market rent, golden share, low cost home ownership, shared equity, better regulated private sector and any number of modern ideas aimed to stretch funding and provide people with healthy, affordable homes to live in.

    Saving for deposits - yes - the UK has the save to buy ISA, housing associations provide schemes to help tenants save to move on and leave homes suitable for the next person who needs it.

    It's all about recycling any subsidies and making affordable housing available in perpetuity - not providing one off grants that are then lost and swallowed up into an individual's profit when they sell their home. That said - people moving on to larger homes frees up the cheaper end of the market for those on lower incomes.

    Selling public sector homes at a discount doesn't generate enough income to build new homes in the same numbers.

    We need to accept that different types of homes are needed - more older peoples sheltered housing, more first time buyers, more flats (for those who don't want to look after a garden!).
  • Posted by bluffy May 10, 2017 at 17:46

    Mike c b - you seem to assume Govt has lots of derelict homes to sell off...I think it's probably neglected private rented sector homes that need regulation and enforcement to reach a decent quality. Public sector homes are at least maintained.
  • Posted by mike_c_b May 15, 2017 at 11:57

    Bluffy - The original comment came from jkermode. My tongue was firmly in cheek. I was asking where are these derelict homes and whether it would be right to sell them if they do indeed exist.
Log in or register to add comments and rate ideas

Idea topics