193B Harvist Rd. Network Housing builds mostly out-of-reach housing while selling social rent homes.
In the Savill’s Auction catalogue on 17 July, 193B Harvist Rd is described as ““Well located close to transport and shopping facilities, a two bedroom first floor self-contained flat in need of modernisation. Vacant.”
That is not quite the whole story – it turns out it was owned by Network Housing. A housing association.
But anyway, 193B Harvist Rd did quite well at auction. It went at £489,000 in fact.
Every month social rent homes are being sold at auction by housing associations who then build out-of-reach shared ownership or leasehold homes. This housing assoication policy fuels the housing crisis.
HARA asked Network about the auction of 193B Harvist Rd. Network said: “Since 2017 we have disposed of 11 properties and in that same period we’ve built 989 new affordable homes.”
So we asked for a bit more information about the 989 ‘affordable’ homes. And Network came back with this clarification:
“Since 2017 Network Homes built at total of 38 social rent homes.”
So not quite as striking really. Shame that Network have built so few real social rent homes over the past two and half years while selling off desperately needed social rent homes.
But that is what the housing association movement is doing:
And Network Housing recently advertised their new homes for sale at £455,000 to £990,000.
Now what is it that housing association are always talking about? Oh yes. Their ‘Social Purpose.’