Michael Williams has lived in the area of Stoke-on-Trent where houses are being sold for £1 since 1988.
He says in recent years Cobridge gained a bad reputation for anti-social behaviour and drugs, but hopes the new council scheme to sell houses for £1 will give the area the boost it needs.
He hopes the new tenants will take pride in the community, and it will bring more investment to the area.
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