Selling House To The Council, Do They Buy Private Houses?

Selling a property always seems to be a frustrating, tedious and difficult task. The whole process poses issues, especially when you are needing to sell your property within a certain time frame. There is no guarantee that traditional methods such as estate agents can find a buyer within a timescale that suits you.

Also, there can be added pressure for your property sale if the property you are trying to sell is a council house. Within this blog, it will discuss whether you can sell your council property and the procedures that you may need to go through to do so.

Can I sell a council house?

Unfortunately, there us no straight answer to this question. To start answering your question, you need to check with your local council’s housing department or the similar to this. Your local authority will be able to give you a better flavour as to where your property stands.

Currently, it is no secret that councils up and down the UK are low on housing stock. Many are keen to have people renting. On top of this, there has also been cuts in funding for many councils. Due to these cuts, it is hard to estimate how much funding each authority is given. Additionally, it therefore means that policies on properties in different authorities may be slightly different.

As well as local authority funding and spending, there are other factors that need to be considered. Within your local area and the type of property will impact on whether you are able to sell. Certain councils often look for properties with criteria. For example, within the Halifax borough, their may be a shortage of two-bed properties for the population. The council may not let you sell a property if its four-bed due to this criterion. On the other hand, some local councils may be willing to buy your council property back from you.

What if my local authority will not buy my council house?

There are other ways. There are other processes you can go through. However, some may be lengthy and complicated. Bare in mind also, that some of the other different solutions to selling your home may not give you the full market value. Councils in general will struggle to pay you the market value for your property as they simply cannot afford to. Plus, you may still find yourself waiting to sell due to delays as the council will not be able to buy your property quickly.

Is there another solution?

Here at The Property Buying Company, we can help you sell your property in a timescale to suit you. We are an alternative to other traditional selling methods. Over our years of trading, we have helped many customers with council houses sell their property in around two to three weeks. If you sell your property to us, we will help you at every step of the way. We may not be able to offer you the full market value for your house, however we will cover any legal fees.

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