The highs and lows of liv­ing in a £1 home I

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

MAGINE if some­one of­fered you a house for £1? A dream sce­nario – a home for life with no mort­gage. This is what hap­pened a cou­ple of years ago in Liver­pool when the city coun­cil sold off a whole street full of houses. But of course there was a catch.

The homes, in a run-down area, were derelict and hadn’t been touched for a decade.

Buy­ers had to in­vest around £35,000 to ren­o­vate the houses – and do so within 12 months, oth­er­wise the coun­cil could take them back with no com­pen­sa­tion.

“I’m just over­whelmed with joy,” said one woman, on be­ing told she had got through the rig­or­ous vet­ting process and could buy one of the houses.

But there have been highs and lows for all the new own­ers, as cap­tured in this com­pelling se­ries about the bold scheme.

Filmed over two and a half years, it’s an uplift­ing watch as we fol­low peo­ple who are gam­bling their sav­ings and re­ly­ing on each other to build a com­mu­nity from scratch.

In this first episode, we meet eter­nally op­ti­mistic post-grad Vic­to­ria, who con­tin­ues to pick out cur­tains in the face of crum­bling walls – her en­thu­si­asm can­not be crushed.

But else­where, Mel and Rob are try­ing to give their three kids a home, but lo­cal shoot­ings and the dis­cov­ery of a bul­let on their doorstep makes them ques­tion ev­ery­thing.

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