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What you need to know about the proposal to extend RTB

This briefing for CIH members sets out what you need to know about the National Housing Federation's suggested proposal, which could see the right to buy extended to housing associations without the need for legislation.

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  • ?I think the Chartered Institute of Housing should oppose the Government proposal as I disagree with sale of council housing to fund this proposal. The reason is that the most expensive areas will lose their social and affordable housing and this is where low waged households pay the most private rents and where there are the greatest shortages. I believe that if the CIH oppose this many MPs will vote against this as this is expensive idea and will only help a small number of households who are already well housed. Affordable housing is hard enough to fund and build and we must retain as many homes as possible for future generations.

    Simmons, Cathrine Hannah
  • ?The proposal by the NFH looks to protect their interests. The proposal as I understand it is that they will agree to sell their property to a sitting Tenant for the market value of the property which will be the reduced price to the Tenant plus an amount equivalent to the discount financed by the sale of High Value homes sold by Local Authorities. In return they will agree to use that funding to build a replacement home some where in the Country. Local Authorities have financed the sale of Right to Buys in their sector since the introduction in 1979. It is wrong for them to subsidise RTBs in the rest of the social sector as well. RSLs should finance the discounts through uplift in value of homes sold against the original value of their investment. Please do not forget that many homes were developed because Council gave free land to RSLs to develop Social Housing as well as the Government giving grant to support this work. Much of the grant was at very high margins 75-80%. The whole way of financing this is wrong and it needs to be considered by the country formally through the Housing Bill

    Livermore, Robert Vincent
  • Right to Buy must have been the singularly most destructive piece of housing policy EVER to be introduced and still politicians think it is a good thing. Tell that to the hundreds of thousands living in poorly maintained, expensive ex right to buys in the PRS. Tell that to the hundreds of thousands in overcrowded accommodation with no chance of social housing. Its no good opposing the proposals without real costed evidence or alternative proposals; I would urge every CIH member to respond to the consultation and make your views known.

    Williams, Lesley
  • The portable discount would appear to provide a win win as criticism might be attracted to tenants who could afford to exercise the RTB. If RTB is to continue then for tenants any discount should be more focussed on the length of tenancy and the amount of investment (rent paid) in the property and the community rather than simply a selective benefit for those who happen to have been able to have secure a social housing tenancy. The proposal should be less submissive and more challenging and start form the tenants or (wish I was a tenant) perspective.

    Moreland, David
  • This proposal has passed its sell by date, any part of England has a waiting list for access to Housing Association housing, and will have to wait for years to get one, and to sell of the stock of H.A. will make the problem worse in the future, since the outcome of this housing bill will be less and less social housing being built in England, in the future whatever is said in the media.

    Redmond, William

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