17:28 PM, 31st July 2013, About 9 years ago 4
My partner and I are living in a part rent/part buy affordable housing 1 bed flat.
We would like to move house so we can start a family.
We have enough money for the deposit on a new property and have been looking at bigger places to live.
Our 1 bed flat has been up for sale for almost 6 months and we have only had one viewing from someone who thought the property was at another site!
The block of flats we are in consists of 5 council rented flats and 3 part rent part buy affordable housing schemes.
A number of the tenants in the council rented flats have caused nothing but problems ever since the property was built in 2007. The police have raided neighbours flats for drugs on numerous occasions, we had 3 years of noise disturbances from one tenant who eventually was evicted, constant damage to the communal areas and people leaving unwanted furniture in hallways and outside the property.
Sadly the block of flats, we think now has a bad reputation and this is why nobody has viewed to buy.
We have tried to get permission to let the flat so we can move but because we are part of a shared ownership scheme we cannot get permission from the mortgage people as we would need to prove that we would be moving back into the property after 2 years, which we won’t be!
We have spoken to the housing association that own the other half of the property and have asked for them to buy back our share as we feel we are stuck due to all the going ons with the other tenants. Our local MP has also written to them and asked the same question, but they said they would only be willing to buy back the property if we were in danger of repossession, but we are not in that situation!
What could we do, so that we could either sell the property, obtain permission to let or have the housing association buy back our share?