Burnley private homes sale sparks council row

John Harbour

John Harbour

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A ROW has broken out over empty homes in Burnley renovated under a council scheme being sold to private landlords.

The Empty Homes Clusters programme was introduced in 2012 after the council secured £7million in Government funding to bring around 175 empty homes back into use.

The council was keen to sell these newly renovated homes to first-time buyers, but the town’s MP and councillor Gordon Birtwistle said a lot of them were going to landlords instead.

“The Empty Homes Clusters programme was supposed to benefit first-time buyers in Burnley and help them get on the housing ladder,” he said.

“These houses shouldn’t be sold to landlords, this is not the intention of why the scheme was started in the first place.

“I have been approached by a number of young people keen to get on the housing ladder. When they have made approaches about these properties they are being told they have already been sold.

“How is it that these properties are being sold to landlords before they are completed?

“These are affordable homes that should be for young people in this town to get on the housing ladder.”

The cash from the Homes and Communities Agency is aimed at tackling the blight of empty homes in Burnley, with around 2,800 private sector properties unoccupied in the borough.

Coun John Harbour, portfolio holder for housing, said the council had to sell the properties to the highest bidder at the earliest opportunity.

He said: “As a council we want to sell these houses to young people and the opportunity is still there.

“We don’t prefer to sell to landlords instead of young people.

“If young buyers are interested in these properties then the opportunity is there for everybody.”

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4:06pm Tue 5 Aug 14

useyourhead says...

Is there a public list of upcoming properties? if not how are these landlords finding out about them before they are finished and advertised?
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If they are advertised then fair play but I suspect these are sold long before that. word of mouth from folk in the know etc, nudge nudge. if that's the case then it's out of order.
Is there a public list of upcoming properties? if not how are these landlords finding out about them before they are finished and advertised? - If they are advertised then fair play but I suspect these are sold long before that. word of mouth from folk in the know etc, nudge nudge. if that's the case then it's out of order. useyourhead
  • Score: 15

4:36pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Wishingwell says...

More wasted public money. If the state wants to help first time buyers then leave it in their pay packets! Not in the hands of the council, there is way too much potential for it going elsewhere.
More wasted public money. If the state wants to help first time buyers then leave it in their pay packets! Not in the hands of the council, there is way too much potential for it going elsewhere. Wishingwell
  • Score: 11

5:38pm Tue 5 Aug 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

useyourhead wrote:
Is there a public list of upcoming properties? if not how are these landlords finding out about them before they are finished and advertised?
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If they are advertised then fair play but I suspect these are sold long before that. word of mouth from folk in the know etc, nudge nudge. if that's the case then it's out of order.
lets call a spade a spade shall we..its down to members of the council telling relatives etc etc Nelson is the same
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: Is there a public list of upcoming properties? if not how are these landlords finding out about them before they are finished and advertised? - If they are advertised then fair play but I suspect these are sold long before that. word of mouth from folk in the know etc, nudge nudge. if that's the case then it's out of order.[/p][/quote]lets call a spade a spade shall we..its down to members of the council telling relatives etc etc Nelson is the same ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 9

5:49pm Tue 5 Aug 14

TONY WALES says...

The reason the homes have gone to private landlords is simple.

If the council removes a problem family they have to find them another home, or somewhere to live.

A private landlord can get them evicted (maybe by court order) and does not have to find them another home..

Would you like the problems of dealing with some of the yob families in Burnley?

Read the court cases regarding some of these families.
Don't touch them with a barge pole.......

It's the genuine hard working family which loses out every time.
The reason the homes have gone to private landlords is simple. If the council removes a problem family they have to find them another home, or somewhere to live. A private landlord can get them evicted (maybe by court order) and does not have to find them another home.. Would you like the problems of dealing with some of the yob families in Burnley? Read the court cases regarding some of these families. Don't touch them with a barge pole....... It's the genuine hard working family which loses out every time. TONY WALES
  • Score: 9

8:28pm Tue 5 Aug 14

slants says...

get real its because of the bribes in the brown envelopes the best one is a house in Brennamd st done up and sold to calico.Whats strange about it is the fact is was owned by prince charles through the duchy of Lancaster; who took possession through stealing it because the owner died intestate.WHY ARE THE COUNCIL BUYING THESE HOUSES??why cant this parasite who doesn't pay FULL taxes do the house up instead of letting it got to rack and ruin
get real its because of the bribes in the brown envelopes the best one is a house in Brennamd st done up and sold to calico.Whats strange about it is the fact is was owned by prince charles through the duchy of Lancaster; who took possession through stealing it because the owner died intestate.WHY ARE THE COUNCIL BUYING THESE HOUSES??why cant this parasite who doesn't pay FULL taxes do the house up instead of letting it got to rack and ruin slants
  • Score: -3

11:10pm Tue 5 Aug 14

claretandbluetoo says...

CALICO bought most of them apparently
CALICO bought most of them apparently claretandbluetoo
  • Score: 4

9:09am Wed 6 Aug 14

Pendlesider says...

So the council has to sell the renovated empty-homes properties to the highest bidder at the earliest opportunity?
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All that will do is simply remove the majority of first-time buyers from the loop. The more affluent private landlords will always outbid any first-time buyer, effectively rendering this council scheme worthless to those wishing to buy their first home.
So the council has to sell the renovated empty-homes properties to the highest bidder at the earliest opportunity? . All that will do is simply remove the majority of first-time buyers from the loop. The more affluent private landlords will always outbid any first-time buyer, effectively rendering this council scheme worthless to those wishing to buy their first home. Pendlesider
  • Score: 5

11:59am Wed 6 Aug 14

DaveBurnley says...

Pendlesider wrote:
So the council has to sell the renovated empty-homes properties to the highest bidder at the earliest opportunity?
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All that will do is simply remove the majority of first-time buyers from the loop. The more affluent private landlords will always outbid any first-time buyer, effectively rendering this council scheme worthless to those wishing to buy their first home.
Also the private landlords get mortgages from our publicly funded banks.
[quote][p][bold]Pendlesider[/bold] wrote: So the council has to sell the renovated empty-homes properties to the highest bidder at the earliest opportunity? . All that will do is simply remove the majority of first-time buyers from the loop. The more affluent private landlords will always outbid any first-time buyer, effectively rendering this council scheme worthless to those wishing to buy their first home.[/p][/quote]Also the private landlords get mortgages from our publicly funded banks. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 3

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