Originally Posted by Addle
Who availed of all this dreamy public housing? Not my parents or grandparents anyways, or our neighbours or colleagues.
Well, at least housing was affordable for those that didnt avail of it (edit) Im not saying it was cheap relative to wages, but it was viable, with a lot of effort, and I think that was reflected in rental costs too, more realistic, now we have the worst of all worlds, unaffordable housing, expensive rents and nowhere in the middle it seems.
Originally Posted by El_Duderino 09
Hold on, who said anything about knock down prices? A price that acknowledges the rent the person has paid over the years is a good idea but I'm not talking about handing the house over for nothing. Nor am I talking about putting the house on the open market so already wealthy people can pick up a buy to let for cheap from the state, and rent it back to the people it was meant to help.
Really the councils should have had massive claw backs based on discounts provided and based on real increases in house prices, like a capital gains charge, so that if someone decided and wanted to sell then some cost could be recouped, if this prevented them from moving, then a means to pay back a set difference over time to the council may have been an idea.
The councils ideas in these things were limited, they had short term cost savings goals, not altruistic ones. They were looking to reduce the Councils liability for maintenance costs. It should not simply have been a windfall for people, many of whom sold up and made a profit on it afterwards.