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