Buy a house for one pound

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has launched an application process to sell 35 rundown houses for just £1.

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Government minister to visit Stoke's £1 houses

£1 houses in Portland Street and Bond Street Credit: PA

Government minister Don Foster will be in Stoke-on-Trent later to visit the thirty five empty homes which are available for a pound.

There are currently seventy-five applications for the homes in Portland Street and Bond Street in what is the first scheme of its kind in the country.

The regeneration scheme is being funded by the city council and government and the council say it will give the area a new lease of life.

The programme will revamp empty council-owned properties which have fallen into disrepair.

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House for a pound scheme to regenerate Stoke

Houses like this will be available to buy under the scheme Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The regeneration scheme is being funded by the city council and government and the council say it will give the area a new lease of life.

The programme will revamp empty council-owned properties which have fallen into disrepair.

The city council will initially cover the cost of refurbishing the homes and will sell them for just £1. However, the new owners will have to pay back the cost of the refurbishment over a set period of time.

It is the first phase in a £3 million project which will see 124 long term empty homes in Portland Street and Bond Street areas brought back into use.

£1 house scheme will transform Stoke

If you live in Stoke you could buy a house for a pound Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for housing, neighbourhoods and community safety, said:

The £1 house scheme has received worldwide media attention and has really put Stoke-on-Trent on the map as an innovative city that isn’t afraid to take on a challenge.

However, this exciting opportunity is exclusively available to residents of Stoke-on-Trent and I would urge people who meet the eligibility criteria and want to get a foot on the property ladder to apply before the deadline on Monday.

“This major regeneration scheme will not only transform the appearance of the Portland Street area, it will also transform the lives both of new and existing residents. It is a once in a lifetime chance and I would encourage house hunters to make the most of it.”

Last chance to buy a £1 house

If you live in Stoke you could buy a house for a pound Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

House hunters in Stoke-on-Trent are being asked to submit their applications for a £1 home before the deadline this Monday.

The project will see 35 rundown properties in the Portland Street area transformed.

Applications must be submitted by midday on Monday May 13th. Although the council has received applications for houses from around the world, the only people who meet the eligibility criteria are people who live in Stoke-on-Trent.

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1,000 people show interest in £1 houses in Stoke

The development is part of a £3million project to revamp homes on Portland Street and Bond Street. Credit: ITV News Central

Over 1,000 people have already shown interested in the £1 houses being sold off by Stoke City Council.

The scheme, to redevelop 35 houses in Cobridge, was launched yesterday.

Despite only being available to residents in Stoke-on-Trent, the City Council has received interest from people in Australia, Italy, China and London.

"We have written to 600 local people who expressed an interest in the scheme to let them know that the application process has begun," said Andrew Brunt, spokesperson for Stoke City Council.

'We haven’t received any completed applications yet, this is because there is a range of information and supporting evidence needed to be submitted. We are expecting applications to start coming in from next week," added Mr Brunt.

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Buy a house for a pound: are you eligible?

To be eligible for one of the houses being sold for a pound in Stoke-on-Trent you must:

  • Have a right to reside permanently in the United Kingdom.
  • Be currently working at least 16 hours per week and have been in continuous and secure employment or self-employment for the last two years.
  • Not own property whether in Stoke-on-Trent or elsewhere.
  • Currently reside and have had your primary home in Stoke on Trent for the last 3 years immediately before the application.
  • Have a gross income or a joint income of at least £18,000 and not more than £25,000 per year or £30,000 per year if you have dependent children.
  • Agree to reimburse the Council for the improvement costs, with the Council providing low interest financial assistance.
  • Intend and undertake to occupy the property as your main and principle home for a minimum period of at least five years.
  • Not own assets valued at more than £10,000 in aggregate.

For full details of the eligibility criteria go to the Stoke on Trent city council website.

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