Harrow Borough Council spends half a million a year renting properties it used to own

Council spends half a million a year renting properties it used to own

Council spends half a million a year renting properties it used to own

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Harrow Borough Council spends up to £500,000 a year renting homes it used to own for people in social housing.

Research from the authority shows it is renting 35 properties sold under the Right to Buy scheme, with landlords pocketing £350 a week for a four-bedroom house.

The council is therefore spending nearly half a million renting back homes it was forced to sell.

Cabinet member for housing Cllr Glen Hearnden said: “It is an expensive irony that the much-lauded right to buy has ended up as a financial straitjacket for Harrow residents.

“It really does not make sense to pay huge amounts of money to private landlords for houses we used to own."

“We haven’t built a council house for the past 23 years, which has further intensified pressure on our housing stock, with the London rental market going through the roof.

“It all adds up to our residents suffering. It feels like we are fighting the fires caused by an overheating housing market whilst the Government is stood on our hosepipe."

Last week it was revealed the council would have to move up to 50 homeless families out of London because it can no longer afford to keep them in emergency accommodation.

This is also due to a shortage of social housing in Harrow, which has 5,000 properties under authority control, one of the lowest stocks in London.

Projects are in the pipeline to ease the pressure on social housing, with the council announcing plans for the major redevelopment of the Grange Farm Housing estate.

This will include the demolition of 240 ageing homes and the building of more than 430 new properties on the site in South Harrow.

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8:03pm Wed 13 Aug 14

concerned British citizen says...

That must be because Harrow Council Housing are incompetent and are a catastrophic waste of taxpayers money and council tax.
Their housing policies are non existent or in a shambles - and Harrow Council Housing is not fit for purpose - a waste of money and should be given the chop..
just like they did to the Chief Executive last year.

Harrow Council housing - is only now starting to be found out as regards their shambolic and diabolical practices and failures.

Harrow council housing certainly looks like a place that one can rest on ones laurels, collect a salary and get an easy ride.

Does anybody ever investigate who they actually help in any real world situation or is the so called help they provide reserved for friends and family ?
The so called "discretion they exercise" and the localism Act they hide behind when deciding who is homeless enough to be helped is rather more an excuse for denying genuine homeless cases help - rather than helping homeless families according to actual serious need and the law.
That must be because Harrow Council Housing are incompetent and are a catastrophic waste of taxpayers money and council tax. Their housing policies are non existent or in a shambles - and Harrow Council Housing is not fit for purpose - a waste of money and should be given the chop.. just like they did to the Chief Executive last year. Harrow Council housing - is only now starting to be found out as regards their shambolic and diabolical practices and failures. Harrow council housing certainly looks like a place that one can rest on ones laurels, collect a salary and get an easy ride. Does anybody ever investigate who they actually help in any real world situation or is the so called help they provide reserved for friends and family ? The so called "discretion they exercise" and the localism Act they hide behind when deciding who is homeless enough to be helped is rather more an excuse for denying genuine homeless cases help - rather than helping homeless families according to actual serious need and the law. concerned British citizen
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12:25pm Sun 17 Aug 14

diligaf says...

Harrow Council housing - is only now starting to be found out as regards their shambolic and diabolical practices and failures.

Harrow council housing certainly looks like a place that one can rest on ones laurels, collect a salary and get an easy ride.

Never a truer word spoken ... well done Concerned
Harrow Council housing - is only now starting to be found out as regards their shambolic and diabolical practices and failures. Harrow council housing certainly looks like a place that one can rest on ones laurels, collect a salary and get an easy ride. Never a truer word spoken ... well done Concerned diligaf
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