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#31 The Cleaner

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 12:55 PM

@ Shetland_boys
 
Is the £50 after bills,  including food?  If so, that's no different to a lot of folk.
 
If it is £50 before bills, then you would probably qualify for Housing Benefit.


You would think so but I am in the situation of being unemployed & signed off at present & I share my council house with my adult child (though they are not on the lease, it is their childhood home) who works full time in a minimum wage job. Housing benefit is assessed on your gross household income & we in our particular situation do not qualify for any reduction in rent. However we do get a similar council tax reduction as single occupancy households get. Ofcourse water rates are still applicable as they are to all.
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#32 Suffererof1crankymofo

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 01:48 PM

@ The Cleaner - My reply to the OP was purely in relation to their situation if they were to rent on their own but I appreciate and understand the red tape surrounding HB.


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#33 BGDDisco

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Posted 16 August 2018 - 07:51 PM

Ok well i retract my contradictory statement then and say i cannot afford private rent as yes i can pay it but it would leave me with 50 pound or less to my name at the end of the month with my current wage. I cannot get a mortgage but cheers for the advise

Further to my earlier post about house-share. I heard of a bunch of guys who shared a rented house while they all did uni. They all co-bought a house once they graduated, as no one of them could make the leap themselves. I think it worked out fine enough and slowly but surely they all took their first step on the housing ladder.



#34 Nigel Bridgman-Elliot

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Posted 20 August 2018 - 06:57 PM

Sadly I know that difficulty all too well.

Best advice I can give (Based on having spent a small fortune in paying rent in my lifetime so far..) is stay with a relative/friend either rent free, or shared costs.

 

Save every penny (No luxuries..), buy land, build house.

 

£30,000 upwards I reckon could do that.

Realistically getting a council / housing association/etc. probably never !

Transport wise, bicycle, tricycle, velomobile, cheap to run. :-)
 



#35 redrobbie

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 06:35 AM

Thousands of people have come to Shetland over the years because of the booming economy which has been driven by the oil and gas industry which is a massive cash cow to the Government . This inward migration has put massive strains on the local housing stock and the government surely have a moral duty to provide extra funds for social housing in the isles . Sadly this has not happened and we get the same funds proportionally than the other Scottish islands .


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#36 Nigel Bridgman-Elliot

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 10:40 AM

How difficult is it to get planning permission to build homes here ?

I notice that the crofting laws have a say on how big your garden can be (Max 1/4 acre plot, or 1/2 acre if you can prove farming related..), but I also hear that only so much of the land comes under crofting regulations, how do you find out which parts are and which parts aren't easily ?

As I'd like to grow my own food/etc. I'd want several acres..
 



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Posted 21 August 2018 - 11:10 AM

Thousands of people have come to Shetland over the years because of the booming economy which has been driven by the oil and gas industry which is a massive cash cow to the Government . This inward migration has put massive strains on the local housing stock and the government surely have a moral duty to provide extra funds for social housing in the isles . Sadly this has not happened and we get the same funds proportionally than the other Scottish islands .

It is worthwhile to consider the views, claims and promises made by the British government regarding social housing across the whole country.

 

Social housing green paper.



#38 BGDDisco

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 04:38 PM

£30,000 upwards I reckon could do that.
 

 

Last small house I priced up building for myself was looking more like £130,000 and that was squeezing everything. You could possibly buy a fairly remote, needing lots of TLC, old house for that kind of money, but it would be far, far away from town.



#39 Suffererof1crankymofo

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 11:22 AM

You'd be lucky if £30k bought you the plot, never mind the bricks and mortar.


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#40 tooney1

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 12:03 PM

That episode of Grand Designs where they did community self builds, I thought that was an excellent idea. It gave those out of work/low income a house, building skills and purpose. 
 
It would great if they did that here. The SIC has plenty of land after acquiring the Ness of Sound at great expense for, er, housing...!

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#41 paulb

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 02:33 PM

therese stuff like this but even that with foundations fitting and fixtures is going tobe over 50k https://www.quick-ga...dxoC3tkQAvD_BwEand i have my doubts about how long it wouls survive up here.



#42 mikeyboy

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 04:34 PM

Seems to have been a bit of coming and going in Mossbank recently and I know of 1 house that has just been vacated.



#43 Davie P

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 09:26 PM

Has the downturn in oil and gas employment affected rental prices? I haven't been paying attention!



#44 Nigel Bridgman-Elliot

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 07:13 AM

The cheapest log cabin kit you can get I notice is £12,000 from Argos !

I've seen houses with land go for less than £15,000..

Yes, some plots are expensive, but they are in expensive areas. :-)

 

There are quite a lot of different low cost building solutions, I'm quite a fan of earth sheltering myself, and concrete.

Related links:

https://www.express....apest-TV-series
> Grand Designs' CHEAPEST UK family home: Couple build house for JUST £27,000

https://offgridworld...less-than-7000/
monolithic-dome-house-1.jpg


After all, I live in a concrete home myself. :-)

Not dome shaped though..
 



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Posted 30 August 2018 - 08:35 AM

Building a house for 30k is possible, problem is planning and building regs get in the way so it drives up the price massively, plus the cost of land with services