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Would you buy a house right next to a council house?

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nappyrat Sat 04-Mar-17 18:00:39

When I say right next door, it's one half of a semi. The other half is the council house. Most in the (small) avenue seem to have been sold off to private ownership, but the one attached to the one I like, has not (I don't think).

It's £400k FFS!

expatinscotland Sat 04-Mar-17 18:01:47


mnbvcxzl Sat 04-Mar-17 18:02:16

No, I wouldn't purposefully buy a house next to any renters - only because they often move more than home owners. Though I suppose that's a lot less likely with council houses.

mnbvcxzl Sat 04-Mar-17 18:03:03

Actually, my point is redundant! I do actually live next to renters - first ones were lovely, second lot (in a year!) not so much.

CatsBatsEars Sat 04-Mar-17 18:06:12

I've lived in my council house for 25 years and no intention of moving. With private rents as they are I should imagine the tenants will stay put, unless they exchange.

unlimiteddilutingjuice Sat 04-Mar-17 18:06:15

I live in an ex council maisonette on an estate so the answer is yes!
What is your concern?

ImYourMama Sat 04-Mar-17 18:06:59

I certainly wouldn't, anyone could end up living there, and they're there because they can't afford their own property to own

caprifun Sat 04-Mar-17 18:07:03

Depends, how much do you like the house? Is it right for you in very other way? Do you know who lives next door and how long they have been there? Is the council house visibly different from the outside to the rest of the street -I.e. Does it look a mess? They're all things I'd consider, but I wouldn't not buy a house specifically because it was next to a council one.

Lilmisskittykat Sat 04-Mar-17 18:07:58

No only because here they have started splitting standard council three bed homes into flats.

MutePoint Sat 04-Mar-17 18:09:30


QuestionableMouse Sat 04-Mar-17 18:10:54

God no. I might have to mix with the plebs.


LostMyDotBrain Sat 04-Mar-17 18:11:45

I certainly wouldn't, anyone could end up living there, and they're there because they can't afford their own property to own

Anyone could end up living in any neighbouring property. Doesn't have to be a council house. Why does what they can and can't afford matter? hmm

nappyrat Sat 04-Mar-17 18:12:00

I really like the house. It's bloody ugly, but the inside is really great.

I guess my concern is that I don't want to sink all my savings / earnings into a home and then find that people with drastically different outlook / values live next door. (My house's bedrooms would both be joined to the other house so noise could be an issue).
I do appreciate that this could be the case with private renters next to any house. Completely. (I have lived next to bloody awful private renters before).

But I think - being blunt - that the chance is higher when there's no financial threshold to rent a house.

OneWithTheForce Sat 04-Mar-17 18:13:18

I certainly wouldn't, anyone could end up living there, and they're there because they can't afford their own property to own

You forgot to make your point.

PortiaCastis Sat 04-Mar-17 18:13:21

Sane old Mn snobbery based on stereotyping.

SheSaidNoFuckThat Sat 04-Mar-17 18:13:52

I think you are being ridiculously stuck up to be fair!

You could equally have neighbours who own their house that will give you the same issues.

I own, my next door neighbours private rent and are a nightmare.

BumWad Sat 04-Mar-17 18:14:32



JillyWillyPops Sat 04-Mar-17 18:14:42

I would do, I am currently renting from the council and have no plans of moving - ever! Even if the property next to you was owned outright you still don't know who could live there. It might go up for sale and the be bought by someone looking to rent it out.

OnHold Sat 04-Mar-17 18:14:57

Please don't buy the house. The sound of your sneering will keep the plebs awake.

EnglishGirlApproximately Sat 04-Mar-17 18:15:17

Why would you assume council tenants have different values? confused Its not like shameless you know, most work. You could buy anywhere and end up with people you wouldn't normally socialise with next door

hesterton Sat 04-Mar-17 18:15:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PuraVida Sat 04-Mar-17 18:15:42

I do. A lovely family one side. An elderly couple the other. The council houses are well maintained (better than those in private ownership actually). They're incredibly desirable in our town. Our over the road neighbour sold for over £300k in 24 hours and the estate agents leaflet dropped to say they had a number of asking price offers and many families eager to buy in our street.

They're solid, spacious houses with off street parking and big gardens. Infinity better than the new builds around here.

LostMyDotBrain Sat 04-Mar-17 18:16:01

that the chance is higher when there's no financial threshold to rent a house.

I'm in a HA property (there are no council houses here). I still pay rent, as do people in council houses. And many private renters receive full housing benefit.

I'm failing to see the issue here obviously. I don't see the connection between being in a council owned property and lack of consideration.

nappyrat Sat 04-Mar-17 18:16:01

Yep. I think I am being unreasonable. But at the same time I am massively scared of making this level of commitment and finding I have problems. I am on my own which makes me more nervous.

nappyrat Sat 04-Mar-17 18:17:22

LostMyDotBrain - can you explain what you mean? If a house is not owned by the council, the council pays all the rent potentially? Is that what you mean? Whereas if you live in a council house, you pay some rent yourself?

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