Decision Maker: Director - Bindu Arjoon
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
To purchase a property at a value, based upon recommendation of ECC valuer.
To make best use of the council’s housing assets, increase stock provision and rental income.
This property is a two bedroomed first floor maisonette within a council owned block and was, up until recently, used by the Council as temporary accommodation under the PSL scheme. The council still retains ownership of 8 of the 12 properties within the block.
ECC wishes to make an initial offer of £140,000 with a view to negotiating to the full asking price of £144,950 (subject to guidance by ECC valuer) and purchase the property for the following reasons:
· Our current Asset Management Strategy states that we will dispose of one off properties away from our concentration of stock and reinvest in properties that are located within our current portfolio. This will be more cost effective as these properties will be less costly to maintain operationally. 17a Haccombe Close fulfils the latter part of this strategy.
· ECC will benefit from the reduced leaseholder obligations
· Acquiring the property will increase the HRA portfolio and meet rising demand for two bedroomed properties
· Our staff and contractors are familiar with the archetype for the purposes of effecting repairs and planning programmed works.
This is the best option and will seek to streamline the HRA portfolio, reducing operational costs for repairs and planned works.
Publication date: 07/05/2019
Date of decision: 07/05/2019