DEPRESSED PRICESVACANT PROPERTIESPRIVATE
I am responding to the request by Andrew Bennett
MP to indicate problems in inner city areas where the demand for
housing is falling with the result.
In the area when we have established our residents
association we have identified the problem and are proposing several
solutions which we believe may help solve what is becoming a deeply
The principal problem in Abbey Hey is terraced
houses especially in long streets which are straight onto the
street without even the smallest garden.
The tradition of keeping these houses in good
condition and the back entries clean and tidy has declined leading
to low morale and a fear amongst elderly people who feel threatened
by unruly families and roaming gangs of youths.
The problem is exacerbated by estate agents
who have no stake or sympathy with the area concentrating on quick
sales to private landlords.
The landlords similarly have no interest in
the area and are letting to tenants who are reliant on housing
benefit which is paid to them direct.
The effect in this area is catastrophic as there
are areas of good quality occupied housing which retains a stable
population which presents a total collapse in the neighbourhood.
The object must be to attract a more stable
tenant of many of the terraced houses, which if often more affected
by economic conditions and employment levels.
In order to prevent a wholesale exodus of the
economically active families we have looked at various options.
One possibility is to create a form of trust
of owner occupiers, the City Council, Housing Associations and
private landlords which would meet to look at problems specific
to housing, discuss improvements to the area and analyse where
there are problems with anti-social and criminal behaviour.
In many suburban areas of big cities there is
a movement to define a boundary, create an environment with open
spaces, trees and attractive signs. The cost is not excessive
and the majority of people in our area will support a positive