So, I'm thinking of entering this competion. Clearly as much chance of winning as me getting an Olympic gold medal, but I keep reading that these 'amazing' houses have issues. Eg one has been massively flooded and another is so close to the cliff edge that it might be uninsurable and when it falls the owners will have a massive clear up bill. The current one is in Finsbury Park and I've even been sad enough to streetview it. Can't see any obvious issues, so why is it an OMAZE house? Please enlighten me!
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Kennykenkencat · 03/01/2023 04:55
Squatting is illegal
I suppose if they do whittle down to only allowing those that can afford 6 months of bills for the house then the people winning it won’t be too concerned with the expenses until the house sells.
Flapjackquack · 02/01/2023 21:04
@PollyPeePants - what about the costs you will be stuck with whilst waiting for it to sell? Council tax, some level of electricity and heating, insurance, possibly security to stop squatters. The lottery costs less and the prize is much bigger!
BrookeDavisQueen · 03/01/2023 06:20
Here's the money the British heart Foundation got from the previous one: £1m fundraising.co.uk/2021/04/09/omaze-house-draw-raises-1-million-for-british-heart-foundation/
That's a huge amount when charities are struggling.
Could the t&C's be due to the gambling commission regs? Having tried to do a PTA raffle I was surprised at how stringent the rules are on all types of raffles
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SwedishEdith · 03/01/2023 01:54
Here's next door. Looks like it has a massive balcony overlooking the Omaze one (pic. 5).
WinterFoxes · 03/01/2023 10:48
Seriously? Are they allowed to do this within the laws of a lottery draw?
TheSproutOfWrath · 02/01/2023 20:48
Omaze is a bit of a con. They whittle down to a select few and do credit checks on you. If you have any debt etc you won't get picked.
BucketofTeaMassiveCake · 03/01/2023 13:57
I agree with PP, these apparently wonderful houses can't be sold by ordinary means - so there must a be a big problem, mustn't there? At least one of them has been revealed to have had a flooding problem.
I wonder what happens financially for the winner. If they put the house on the market and it doesn't sell because of those historic problems would it end up being a millstone round your neck? Suppose no-one makes an offer within the 'honeymoon period' of one year would you then be liable for council tax, repairs, maintenance, etc until you managed to offload it. Is that how it would work? It could end up costing you instead of being a boon, as it were.
Without wishing to sound like a wet blanket I won't be buying a ticket.
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