Write For SHOUT

The Campaign for Social Housing wants your housing stories.

Whether you have a personal or professional tale of the positive effects of Social Housing, we'd like to hear from you. You can make written submissions to: info@4socialhousing.co.uk or contact us on Twitter @4socialhousing.

A big part of our goals is to reach past the negative rhetoric and show that social housing in its true light. Recent polls show that it is regarded by the broader public as a force for good in the housing market and as an invaluable resource for housing people in need.

Show us what you've got, and we'll showcase it as part of the evidence that any future government will need to reinvest in this genuine social enterprise.

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  • Chris Dugard
    I just saw the interview on the channel 4 news about social housing stigmas.

    I didn’t catch the ladies name unfortunately as my one year old daughter was shouting and screaming at the time but I did hear the name SHOUT and then managed to find you through Google.

    A year ago I started a company that specialises exclusively in selling ex local authority property in London. I did this because I worked for a large independent London Estate Agent who seemed to turn their nose up at them, despite their increasing popularity and saleability. My goal was to create an agency where owners of council properties can be given a first class service and be made a priority rather than looked down upon and often charged a higher fee for the privilege!

    Ex council properties are increasingly popular with the younger generation of first time buyers (who are lucky if they can afford to buy an ex council flat) and buy to let investors, the stigma associated with council properties I think is from an older generation.

    I think anyone given social housing and then the right to buy has a golden ticket, a great opportunity as an individual or as a family to club together with a goal to buy their council property one day and sell it in the future and make a good profit that can then open up lots of different avenues.

    I think the right to buy is great, the obvious downside is the lack of social housing this creates as the council fail to build new social housing and instead try and fool the public by demolishing council estates and building ‘affordable homes’ in their place, not social housing.

    I’ve also experienced the council actually buying some of their properties back that they have sold through right to buy. I’m not joking, they’ve sold the council property at a discounted price and are now buying them back at market value after year upon year of price rises!!! Unbelievable but true.

    Thanks for taking the time to read my email, I just thought I’d reach out as I saw some parallels between us.

    Kind Regards,

    Christian Dugard

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