Miranda Dobson

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1,000 applicants battle for £1 Liverpool houses

A £1 housing scheme in Liverpool has attracted over 4,000 applicants for just 20 homes located in Webster Triangle, Granby and Arnside Road.

Over 1,000 people are now competing for the 20 homes, which were launched as part of a City Council scheme last month.

Applicants for the project must live or work in Liverpool, must be employed, and must be a first-time buyer.

The winning bidders are expected to refurbish the homes and bring them up to a certain standard of living within 12 months, at an anticipated expense of £35,000.

Mayor Joe Anderson said: “There has been an amazing response to this pilot scheme and it has captured the imagination of many people.

“It is part of my commitment to bring 1,000 empty properties back into use and help as many local people as possible get onto the property ladder.

“We are looking for people who have a genuine commitment to bringing these properties back to life and turn them into a home they are proud to live in.”

Cabinet member for housing, Cllr Ann O’Byrne, added: “We know how important owning your own home is to local people, and that’s why we’re doing everything we can to bring empty homes back into use.

“We will now begin the hard work of sifting through the applications to see who meets the criteria and identify those who have made it through to the next stage.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Miranda Dobson .

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