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John Lewis Houses

woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,512 Disability Gamechanger
edited July 5 in Coffee lounge
Interesting news being reported by the BBC, John Lewis are to enter the property market by building 10,000 homes for rental, either unfurnished or fully furnished (with JL goods).
"Putting a child into care, isn't caring for a child" (T.Rhattigan)
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  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,098 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 4
    I read that article too

    It said they come with a concierge service and they are all near a Waitrose store for convenience

    I'm guessing aimed at middle classes rather than providing affordable housing?

    That said I wouldn't mind that lifestyle if I had the money :D 
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,628 Disability Gamechanger
    If they are of the quality of current John Lewis products and come with their current dreadful level of customer service then there’s every possibility they could end up delivering something poorer than even the poorest of new builds and that’s really saying something. A very big “no thank you” from me. 
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,201 Disability Gamechanger
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,512 Disability Gamechanger
    Personally I believe that any new entrant into the social housing sector is to be welcomed, but we will have to see what they intend to deliver.
    "Putting a child into care, isn't caring for a child" (T.Rhattigan)
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,628 Disability Gamechanger
    I don’t see the number of builders as relevant. All that matters in the UK is that we have inadequate minimum standards and stupidly focus on “affordable” homes, which in reality translates as “affordable only at the time of purchase”, instead of minimum size standards. 
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Posts: 4,361 Disability Gamechanger
    I don't think any home is affordable  if it was most of us would own our own houses at least one thing with renting you can just find some where else to live 
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,628 Disability Gamechanger
    You’ve obviously not been paying attention to the rental market then Lisa.
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Posts: 4,361 Disability Gamechanger
    I have done well out of renting I have moved 12 times in the last ten years I am private rent though  I have been in the house I am in for three years and I will probably stay here unless my finances improve then I will move again to Swansea  marina sea front 

    My rent is 550 here  if I was council  I eouldnt be paying so much private rent is to high 
  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 1,297 Pioneering
    I have done well out of renting I have moved 12 times in the last ten years 
    Blimey I could not handle that, that’s a lot of moving. 
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Posts: 4,361 Disability Gamechanger
    @MarkN88 since the age of 18 I have moved 32 times I have moved for work  moved when I got divorced but mainly for work and needing bigger house when I had my children  
  • Bob_Bob_ Member Posts: 9 Listener
    edited July 5
    Yes, I read the story in the Guardian.  There was no mention of affordable housing, or a sense of wider social, or environmental responsibility, accessibility, etc in John Lewis's plans.  Hmmmm.  Appreciate they're in a financial fix, but not sure about this potential solution.
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