Cheap Housing in Great Britain – Not Really An Option

Author: Kim Jacobs | Last modified on: March 31st, 2015

HousesOwning a residential property in the UK is not too cheap at all, high living standard and general housing shortage usually keep house prices at a pretty decent level. This however doesn’t mean there aren’t any cheap houses for sale in the UK, there are indeed, but in such cases it is location that keeps the sale at a lower price, not the cost of the man and van removal service.

At the moment, the cheapest house in Britain is sold (without council assistance) for mere five thousand pounds. Fair enough the area where it’s at is considered crime riddled but hey, a five thousand pound house in the UK is not something to come across every day. Buying one such place will leave people with more money to spend on other things like renovations lest not forget the man and van removal cost too.

Other houses around the area in question have also been sold at a very low price due to obvious reasons. During last year a house was going between seven and a half thousand pounds and nine thousand pounds, which does raise the local average by a little bit to just over sixteen thousand pounds, but in general these figures are sixteen times lower than the national average asking price of house which is two hundred and seventy three thousand pounds.

The main reason for these houses going so cheap is the strong presence of gangs and crime in the area between Middlesbrough and Hartlepool. The street in Port Clarence which is just a short distance away from a sprawling chemical plant complex (another reason for houses being so cheap perhaps) is suffering from gang related crime of all shapes and sizes. Locals say there are frequent firebomb vendettas against certain houses, and that gangs in flatbed trucks roam the streets in strive to steal all the scrap metal there is, including power and water metres.

The last house to be auctioned off has a starting bid of five thousand pounds, though it is not expected for the figure to go up much during the auction. Without getting into too much detail about the tech specs of the house in question, it will suffice to say that the exact same property but in Charlton, SE7 would fetch about three hundred thousand pounds. Unfortunately this goes to show that many areas around the country are still suffering deprivation which inevitably leads to crime and the many other issues that come with crime.

Many of the people in Port Clarence however are not willing to pick up and leave, despite the area’s many issues and troubles. It would be complicated to sell a house there at a decent price and purchase another suitable property in a better area. The problem with dropping house prices (if viewed as a problem) was most pronounced and felt in Middlesbrough with average house price in the town of about seventy thousand pounds – which is a drop from last year by sixteen and a half percent.

About the Author:

Kim Jacobs is a removals coordinator with over 11 years of experience as part of the Get man and van team and other firms in the home and office relocation industry in London. Before joining our company, Kim has worked in various logistical and transportation companies and institutions such as Transport for London, The Removals Ombudsman, and has coordinated moving projects with some of the biggest suppliers of various goods such as IKEA, HomeBase, Amazon, Sainsbury's and others. While working as a chief removals coordinator, Kim also enjoys sharing her expertise with others through writing in our blog.

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