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  • Property-a-holics

    Is this a better idea for social housing?

    Just thinking how they do it in the US - trailer parks.

    It would allow homes at short notice to be created in areas where they need social housing, and not where they don't. These homes could be moved if need be to areas of higher demand.

    Building houses/flats is a lot of cost per unit that doesn't appear to be being spent, but the trailer park could be created within a matter of weeks.

    As it is social housing with no re-sale market it may be the cheapest way of quickly providing homes.

    And when you/your family doesn't need a 3 bed trailer you could be moved down to a 1 bed trailer on the same park.

    With economies of scale, homes could be built for a fraction of what a house/flat would cost, plus density of housing would mean that people aren't literally living on top of eachother, which I do feel brings about it problems (having lived in several flats before - never again!).

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    Yes, exactly like that, but run by housing associations/councils instead of private companies/individuals.

    The councils/housing associations need imho to take back the section of the community that are never going to be able to afford the PRS.

    And if LHA properties are under 50 years old then they're forbidden to be sold, at least get some useage out of them first.

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    People are already placed on mobile home sites, the only difference is benefits are paying rent rather than the government owning the site.

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    And one young man with ? mental health issues given a tent by ? Cornwall Council!

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    Not read the story but shameful if true.

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    Report was across all media - he has been given somewhere better now - Council officer was interviewed on TV - usual guff - falling below expected standards/safeguards now in place etc.

    That said able bodied childless working age people get no help directly with housing from LAs now.

    Sept 2013 law changed allowing them to bounce accepted homeless people in to PRS - subj 12 month AST within capped LHA

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    I read that story on the BBC. I believe they had offered him accommodation elsewhere which he had turned down.

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    Adam - agree with principle - though fuel poverty could be a major issue in winter with mobile homes

    Official mobile home parks tend to have rents of £3000 pa plus (here in SE) just for the use of site - and they also charge for their own fuel supply at inflated price.

    Also the durability is not great and a decent mobile home can cost well over £100k.

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    No, this wouldn't be run by individuals but by the local council/housing association to take the rip-off elements out of the equation.

    They can be pretty well insulated these days, a lot cheaper option than building.

    It would be basic, but clean, warm and fit for purpose, as all older council housing was back in the day. £100k for a mobile home? Why would that be the case when above there's one from Peter above for £32k which is more than ample? Economies of scale would bring the price down to say £20k max?

    The flexibility of being able to move the home is a key consideration.

    This solution would be for people where there is no other option. It has to be better than Travelodges etc. which are a massive drain on the public purse.

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    Mobile homes depreciate like cars - hence are not usually mortgageable - the Colywn Bay one is probably several yrs old.

    Land remains the issue - especially in proximity to lots of jobs.

    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for...9202.html#

    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for...5757.html#

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