18 Albert Street is a grade 2 listed building. It was previously occupied as a shared ownership property, with the council owning a share. The previous occupants, who owned the remaining share were responsible, under the terms of the sharing arrangement for the maintenance of the building.
The property is in very poor condition, as detailed in the report, with high estimated costs of refurbishment.
The property is also poorly laid out, with accommodation over 3 floors, connected by a narrow and winding staircase. The kitchen and bathroom are extremely small and there is now outside amenity space. For these reasons it is not considered suitable for retention as part of the council’s rented housing stock.
There is a specific requirement on the council to ensure that any disposals of vacant dwellings are at a market value. It is therefore recommended that the council test the market by disposing of the property at auction.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Significant effect on communities;
Decision status: For Determination
Wards affected: Central Harbour Ward;
Notice of proposed decision first published: 30/03/2021
Decision due: 17 Jun 2021 by Cabinet
Lead member: Councillor Helen Whitehead, Shadow Deputy Leader and Shadow Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr-Helen.Whitehead@thanet.gov.uk
Lead director: Tim Willis
Contact: Bob Porter, Director of Housing and Planning Tel: 01843 577006 Email: email@example.com.
What the decision will mean: Authority to dispose of one property from HRA and sale proceeds towards acquisition programme.
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