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Buying Next Door to Social House

  • 04-09-2022 6:26pm
    Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Just hoping to get some opinions here as I'm not sure how much of a concern this should be.

    My husband and I have been looking at houses for months now and have finally had an offer accepted on a house we love. So far so good.

    We have just discovered that the house next door (which we would be attached to) was recently bought by the local council for social housing. It's currently vacant but presumably won't be for too long.

    The estate overall is a mature one, built in the 70s, generally pretty quiet.

    I know that the vast majority of social housing tenants are decent people who would cause no trouble, so this is absolutely not meant as a bashing thread. However there is surely a risk of getting a really awful neighbour? And if that happens, how seriously would the council deal with complaints?

    We love the house and really want to proceed, but I'm wondering if we're taking a bit of a gamble here. Would be great to get some opinions from people who have been in similar situations.



  • Registered Users Posts: 235 ✭✭thedart

    Have you any second choice house?

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    We did but it went into a bidding war and we've been priced out. That has happened to us a few times.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 235 ✭✭thedart

    Yea I see it with a few buyers I know at the moment. Demand is high. Know your cut off point and run with it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 235 ✭✭thedart

    You have swung and missed there, I was asking the op on demand. Sorry to disappoint you.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 845 ✭✭✭sameoldname

    So you wouldn't want to live next door to someone who's parents set up a trust fund to buy their children a house, or someone who inherited their one? You'd prefer to live beside someone like my neighbour, the local drug dealer who spent €400,000 of his "hard earned" cash on a lovely house that now's in complete disrepair, surrounded with dog kennels filled with dogs that bark all night? Raided by the Guards bi-annually but is never arrested and beats the **** out of his girlfriend on a fairly regular basis, but at least he pays his mortgage.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Thanks for the replies. It's a tough one, the house is exactly what we're looking for in a really nice estate. It's the uncertainty that's a killer. Would probably be fine, but if it's not it could be a disaster.

    We still can't decide.

  • Moderators, Regional Midwest Moderators Posts: 10,972 Mod ✭✭✭✭MarkR

    There are no statistics on if someone in social housing would be a good or a bad neighbour. Nor are there stats on who is likely to buy a house, so any house you buy could have social housing nearby.

    It's a coin toss really. I'd go by the area rather than the specific house. If the area is nice, then hopefully the family that moves in will be too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,862 ✭✭✭BronsonTB

    As long as you go into it with your eyes open.

    Do all the checks you can but ultimately you cannot control who your neighbour is.

    If the area ticks all your boxes & you can see yourself living there for at least 15 years, go for it.

    Don''t buy to sell again in a few years....that could cost you...

    BTB - Be grateful if you hit the 'Thanks' button on any of my reply posts, Thank you. - 3rd & 4th Aug '24

  • Registered Users Posts: 276 ✭✭Madeoface

    As other posters said, eyes open on this. I'd ring the council to do my research as to what families are the priority in the area. Or whether the likes of Focus rented it (defo worrying if its them) on behalf of the council.

    Also, is it an older mature council estate where former tenants bought out the property?

    Lots of variables. I lived beside an estate that was a 10% development plonked beside mature private homes. Wasn't a good experience at all. But I've had problems with private rentals too. No place is risk free

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Thanks, we'll get in touch with the council and get as much info as we can.

    It's a private estate built in the 70s, so most of the owners would be elderly people or younger couples/families who have bought more recently. It's generally pretty quiet.

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 8,419 CMod ✭✭✭✭Sierra Oscar

    Well I'm aware of DCC purchasing a couple of units within my own development within the last three months alone and it would be in breach of that policy. They are either ignoring it, or perhaps it's something to do with closing out sales that were already in motion.

    Either way I can't see that policy remaining in force should Sinn Féin enter Government. Purchases outside Part V are the quickest way for Local Authorities to increase their housing stock.

  • OP, at least five houses have been bought on my road, in my private 80s estate over the last couple of years including the one directly next door to me.

    They've all worked out fine. No issues at all.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,082 ✭✭✭billyhead

    The house next door to me was purchased by the council and refurbished for council tenants. It was a shame to see the house up for sale privately and like ashow house inside but the council ripped up the flooring etc and modified the kitchen. Anyway an African family of about 6 people moved in and they don't cause any problems and generally keep to themselves and mix amongst there own people. It's a lotto who you can get. Best of luck with the decision OP. I hope it works out for you.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,868 ✭✭✭spaceHopper

    I would want to know why the house you are buying is for sale, did the owners have a bad experience and move. Why is the house next door empty did something happen?

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  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    The house we're buying was a family home for years, kids grew up and moved out and the elderly parents passed away recently.

    The house next door was only bought by the council late last year. May well have been a similar situation that led to it going up for sale. No indication that there's been any issue in the area up to now, it's the potential future tenants I'm concerned about.