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Street Purchases

There are more people in need of affordable housing in our borough than there are homes available. Ashford is no different to any other borough in terms of demand outweighing supply. We are trying to address the shortfall of affordable homes through new, innovative methods.

One of those methods is buying ‘street properties’ from the open market. These may be homes formerly sold under the right to buy process. We can buy these properties back because we know the homes and they may be in areas where we already have housing that we manage. They may also be homes that have never been ‘affordable housing’ that we are now buying for that purpose.

We currently have the greatest need for 1-bed and 2-bed homes, though of course we need 3-bed and 4-bed homes too.

That’s why we’re asking if you have a home that you’d like to sell – whether it is a former right-to-buy home or not. Let us know if you’re looking to sell your home and we will consider it as an option.

Please fill in the form below to register your interest in selling your property.

We will come back to you within two weeks of the date you submit the form if we are interested in coming to view the property.

We have already bought 112 properties since 2013. These homes have been brought back into use by us or have been used to enable us to redevelop bigger schemes such as The Poplars.

In October 2019 the council’s cabinet members gave us permission to spend £15m for each of the next four financial years on street purchase homes. Our aim is to purchase 50 more properties in 2020-2021 and a further 75 in 2021-2022. The impact that Covid-19 will have on these targets is still unknown. We have only recently restarted this street purchase programme. As such, we will review information about it regularly as it is received.

We are also building new homes too and have delivered 322 since 2011. These homes are for people of all ages, including stunning dementia-friendly accommodation in South Ashford and Tenterden. Please view our developing affordable housing page for more information.

What is your name?
What is your postal address?
Please provide a contact email address
Please provide a contact telephone number
How many bedrooms does the property have?

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Why are you buying houses?

We’re working hard to make sure there are enough affordable homes in the borough for everyone who needs them. We currently have around 1,300 households on our waiting list for property and this is a way in which we can add to our property stock relatively quickly. If we could purchase 75 homes a year between now and 2048, we would take our stock levels from around 4,500 to 7,000.

+ What price do you pay?

Should we be interested in purchasing your property, we have an independent valuer who would assess the price of your home and that is what we would offer you. We cannot pay over and above this as it is taxpayers’ money and so cannot pay over the market value.

+ Why would I sell to the council?

We are effectively a cash buyer so you won’t be involved in a chain by selling to us.

+ How long does it take?

We use our own legal solicitors and so we would hope to conclude all purchases quickly. However, there is no guide time as to specifically how long this can take. We will go as quickly but efficiently as we can.

+ What is the process?

If we think we may be interested in buying your home we will send one of our surveyors out to view your home and then we will get it valued by our independent valuer. Then we will offer you the price. You can either accept the offer or refuse the offer and then choose to sell it on the open market through an estate agent. If you choose to accept our offer we will instruct our solicitor straight away and then we’ll complete the transaction as soon as we can.

+ Will the council buy my home?

Complete the form above and we will then come back to you within two weeks of the date you submit the form if we are interested in coming to view the property.