With an ever-increasing demand for affordable housing it’s important that Aberdeen City Council looks at ways of increasing the housing stock to meet this demand. At the City Growth & Resources Committee on the 7 February 2019 the committee members agreed to extend the criteria of the existing “buy back scheme” to include any ex-council properties.
This approach will help towards providing a sustainable housing stock that meets the needs and expectations of our tenants and provides more affordable housing within the city which supports vital key workers in education, care and the health sector.
The buy back scheme sits alongside Aberdeen City Council’s, Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) for 2015-2020, which sets out the Council’s plans for new affordable housing over the next five years.
How does the scheme work?
On applying for the scheme an owner must provide the following documentation;
- A Home Report dated no more than 4 weeks prior to time of application.
- An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
- Title Plan & Deeds of the property you are selling
- Power of attorney (if appropriate)
The following surveys and safety checks are required, so access must be made available, these include;
- Scottish Housing Quality Standards (SHQS)
- Electrical Safety Check
- Gas Safety Check (if applicable)
NOTE: The inclusion of a Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS) assessment will ensure that expenditure on compliance issues will be fully reflected in the purchase price offered to the owner.
All documents should be sent to Councilhousebuyback@Aberdeencity.gov.uk
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