Quite honestly Kevin that's is a nonsense argument to make that tenants buy the best properties, they simply exercise their legal right to buy the home they are living in ,doesn't everyone have a right to better themselves and not all can afford to buy super inflated priced properties in the private sector. I think any leaseholder including our 163 members many of whom are the original RTB tenant and now in their twilight years would tell you that, so yes I do speak on their behalf.
Again the argument that those buying under RTB legislation are depriving others of social housing is wrong as many leaseholders having bought their homes many years ago have simply paid up their rent in full in advance and yes they can sell or leave it to their next of kin, but how many relatives of tenants when they die assume the tenancy even if they are one person living in a two or 3 bedroom apartment or house, are they not depriving the homeless and those with families of a right to a home. I can cite many tenants living alone in properties that make them under occupied and their rents being paid for by housing benefit but no one questions that. The shortage of social housing is caused by a lack of building new homes not by tenants buying their homes under RTB the capital receipts from RTB have never been reinvested in to building new homes. Remember many first time buyers can only afford to buy local or ex local authority housing otherwise they will never get housed as many do not qualify for social housing especially those that are single or working couples who have no children.
Yes socialist might not like tenants buying their council homes but then again how many socialist politicians are there living in social housing they all seem to preach one thing whist adopt a holier than though attitude from their rather nice homes, was it two jags and four houses or four jags and two houses Prescott please remind me again.
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