Coun­cil to buy houses

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Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Po­lice Ap­peal - Ju­dith Ton­ner

North La­nark­shire Coun­cil has an­nounced a new scheme to buy up to 100 homes per year on the open prop­erty mar­ket to boost its sup­ply avail­able for rent.

Of­fi­cials be­lieve the “ground-break­ing scheme” will help to in­crease the num­ber and type of homes which can be made avail­able for ten­ants.

The coun­cil, which is Scot­land’s largest lo­cal au­thor­ity land­lord, will con­sider buy­ing houses which are up for sale if they meet de­mand for a par­tic­u­lar type and size of prop­erty in cer­tain ar­eas, or could meet re­quired house­hold needs such as homes suit­able for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

Prop­er­ties will also be con­sid­ered where the pur­chase would al­low the coun­cil to take com­plete or ma­jor­ity own­er­ship of a block of flats to fa­cil­i­tate com­mu­nal re­pairs; and where “the com­bined cost of buy­ing and bring­ing the prop­erty up to let­ting stan­dards would rep­re­sent value for money”.

Hous­ing devel­op­ment man­ager Pamela Humphries said: “There is huge de­mand for af­ford­able hous­ing across North La­nark­shire and it’s vi­tal we look at dif­fer­ent ways of in­creas­ing the sup­ply of homes to help meet this.

“By pur­chas­ing good qual­ity homes on the open mar­ket – many of which will be ex-coun­cil prop­er­ties – we can help meet peo­ple’s re­quire­ments; and it will also hope­fully help us progress re­fur­bish­ment works.”

The new ini­tiat i v e is in ad­di­tion to North La­nark­shire’s ex­ist­ing empty homes scheme, which buys long-term empty houses and flats to re­fur­bish and rent out.

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