Upload a photo Upload a video Upload an mp3 Upload an event


Berneslai Homes To Maintain Stock Levels

Monday December 2 2013

BERNESLAI Homes has put aside £4million to buy properties and is prepared to purchase new homes from developers to maintain its stock levels.

The company is responsible for managing homes on behalf of Barnsley Council, looking after 18,900 properties.

It also provides all the landlord services to council tenants in Barnsley.

A spokesman for Berneslai Homes said it's taking a proactive approach to maintaining stock levels by continuing with both its new build and acquisitions programmes.

Over the next 18 months it will be building around 58 new homes in Wombwell, Gilroyd, Hoyland and Worsbrough Common.

It's developing further projects which will take the new build total to around 75 homes by 2016.

Berneslai Homes is also continuing its acquisition programme which is about using its cash reserves to buy houses to rent.

A spokesperson said: "We have earmarked £4million for this programme up to 2016 which should enable us to buy around 73 homes in total.

"This year we have purchased 21 so far. Our priorities for acquisition are long-term empty homes to bring them back into use, repurchasing of former 'Right to Buy' properties, housing association properties which they no longer wish to keep and new homes from developers where they are required by planning conditions to build a number of affordable homes to rent."

She added that when deciding what to build or what to buy, it considers location, condition, price and demand from the housing register.

Leave a comment
comments powered by Disqus
30 Showing 30 comments

Reply Posted by anon on Monday December 2 2013 at 16:13
Bernesali homes want to concentrate on the properties they already have and make they better. Ive been waiting for repairs since June im sick of ringing them up its beyond a joke. If you miss a payment there straight on your case typical

Reply Posted by KymH on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 09:36
Got a house for sale and there coming for a viewing today, it's up for 70.000, al let u all no the stupid offer I will get, can't believe they want to buy a house with granite work tops, marble bathroom and it's stone fronted to the unemployed x

Reply Posted by only on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 13:55
Yes KymH are you for real 7K that sould read.. you be lucky to get that for house in the middle of grimethorpe.bet you don't sell,still dear at that..

Reply Posted by steve on Friday December 6 2013 at 21:34
What do you mean, "to the unemployed", more people pay rent to Berneslai Homes than receive housing benefit and the majority of people that do receive housing benefit aren't long-term claimants. (yes I do have the data to back this up but I'm not sure of the policy on making this public domain).

The resurgence of an unsustainable housing market means that those people who aren't already on the ladder and able to sell their own property for an inflated price will really struggle to get a mortgage even on above average wages. Banks are refusing mortgages to people for late payment of a mobile phone bill four years ago and reserve much of their allocation of mortgage funds to those with deposits of £40,000+. Don't believe what you read/see in the media - the government want people to remain aspirational so try to give the impression that this isn't the case but the banks just aren't playing ball for normal hard-working people who don't have the luxury of parents who can afford to give their kids these pretty obscene amounts of money.

There needs to be some balance, ten years ago it was easier to get a mortgage than a Blockbuster video rental card, although this is where the problem started and now we have a generation of people having to subsidise these over-inflated house prices so those who paid them in the first place aren't hit too hard.

Now Kym if your house was such an attractive buy, especially at £70,000 which you'd think would be appealing to most first time buyers, then I'm sure you wouldn't need to offer it up to Berneslai Homes for a "stupid offer". I'm sure you'll be offered exactly what it's worth when taking into account the things they may have to do to bring it up to standard such as renewing the heating system and wiring.

Reply Posted by claire on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 13:37
If you live in social housing dosent mean you are unemployed. Granite worktops and marble bath and selling for 70000 I bet there real.

Reply Posted by KymH on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 14:02
Actually it's 69,950 and it's in wombwell my dear and I don't live in grimethorpe, I live in Highgate deeeeeerrrrr, look on zoopla hough lane, ha lv to see ur face, ur avian a dig for postin a comment, get a life, looks like there guna put a offer in, ££££

Reply Posted by KymH on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 14:03
My partner owns a business selling granite aswell if that helps

Reply Posted by KymH on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 14:10
It's not a marble bath aswell it's splash back to ceiling, seems like some people are well jel

Reply Posted by KymH on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 14:18
I'm sure a lot of people in wombwell won't agree with u, don't u realise how stupid ur makin urself look, ur makin it look like ur jealous, if I was u ad just leave it now b4 u make urself look worse, bye lv

Reply Posted by warrior on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 14:32
@Kilkenny You never mentioned you lived in London. Why the secrecy ??????BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORIIIIIIIIIIIIING

Reply Posted by Claire on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 14:34
any comment kymh on the assumption that people who live in social housing are unemployed and even if you are unemployed lets realise that someone could have worked twenty year and be made redundant.

Reply Posted by KymH on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 14:39
As I have sed in other posts my mums a manager n she lives in council house, not all but most are unemployed lazy sods who can't b boverd to work, warrior ur a legend lol

Reply Posted by Crazy Dave on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 16:02
Eyup, how does tha go abart gerrin one a these free houses? Am sick a living In this damp flat n a cud do wi a new council house.

Reply Posted by lauren on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 20:09
A could do wi one anorl sick off payin rent to be honest av looked into buyin a house n the houses I like need 10-20 deposit av got money saved up n am workin like a mad one but it seems like am never guna get there

Reply Posted by KymH on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 20:21
I pay £480 mortgage a month, council will charge around £80 a week to sum1 that works, free if not, it's not fair it, that's how hard workin ppl get looked after

Reply Posted by FRED on Friday December 6 2013 at 22:57
kymh@ That's a big monthly payment for a 70k home..i only pay £420 for 110k home.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Wednesday December 4 2013 at 09:33
73 new homes in the next 3 years and 200,000 immigrants entering the UK every year.?? When will the insanity stop.???

Reply Posted by ffs on Thursday December 5 2013 at 22:44
@KimH I live in a council house, and WORK FULL TIME.so does my husband, .. Wombwell is a shit hole... housing polish workers, so no you wont get £70000... your name dropping is laughable, boyfriend is a business man, mother is a manager... what do you do? live off your family's earnings. You want to invest in a qualification in written English... Most people in Council housing are hard working, who's background is from the mining community.

Reply Posted by ffs on Thursday December 5 2013 at 22:49
its under £70000 because its Hough lane!!! nothing to be proud of love...it's a shit hole and everyone knows it!! shitty terraced house with no front garden, on the main street.. and concrete back yards.. lol very appealing "not"

Reply Posted by KymH on Thursday December 5 2013 at 23:08
Get a grip

Reply Posted by KymH on Friday December 6 2013 at 00:40
Oh and I care for my grandad who's 88 but don't get paid it, shunt even av to explain myself to u at all, just coz I own a house, oh please!

Reply Posted by bore on Friday December 6 2013 at 21:09
WOW you own a house, big deal! Plenty of people do, get your head from up your arse!!

Reply Posted by gav on Friday December 6 2013 at 21:10
Might be able to get some repairs done :-)

Reply Posted by ffs on Friday December 6 2013 at 22:32
Well if you look after your granddad and don't get paid, then "you" don't own a house, your partner does!!! or your mother... you cant run a house with no money.. Ive looked after 2 disabled kids and worked... and I haven't got my head up my own arse, I just get on with it!!!!

Reply Posted by sarah on Friday December 6 2013 at 22:45
Highgate isnt in Wombwell and there are no houses in Highgate up for that amount you pay 100 grand + unless you want a terrace in which case it 60 and under.

Reply Posted by jad on Friday December 6 2013 at 22:51
hough lane

Reply Posted by KymH on Saturday December 7 2013 at 01:48
First, my grandad had cancer, now he's got kidney failure so if I wana look after him I will, I have 2 small children and I help my partner at work, mine and MY PARTNERS mortgage is that high because we put 5,000 down on a 80,000 mortgage, that's why WE can't sell it any lower, never said Highgate was wombwell read my post again, if all the people on council estates wana av a dig I grew up on a council estate in hoyland, slag me off all u want I don't really care, got more important thing on my mind, not guna post anything now so c u all later, have a nice time slagging me off xx

Reply Posted by Tom on Sunday December 8 2013 at 01:42
A property is only worth what somebody is prepared to pay, unfortunately for the property-less in this country, there are many planning restrictions, mortgage subsidies and now it seems direct purchases forcing up the price of housing.

If it wasn't for the government interference in the market, we would have seen price falls of 70%, like many other countries which also had housing bubbles due to the availability of cheap credit due to artificially low interest rates.

When interest rates rise, mortgage costs will rocket, and property will fall in price back to a fair value. Unfortunately you may have paid over the odds, however, caveat emptor.

I have nothing against you by the way, but I sincerely object to government interference in the housing market, that artificially increases the cost of housing to British citizens, including yourself.

So whilst I hope house prices fall, I don't want to see people suffer, because I believe they have been conned and miss-sold mortgages by a corrupt and greedy banking system. For that, the banks should pay, rather than the state propping up the market with taxpayer money.

Reply Posted by lauren on Saturday December 7 2013 at 15:54
Me n my partner pay 450 on privately rented house. Nice house n that but gettin a deposit is the hardest things for us ad love to get a council house still av to pay rent but it would work abit cheaper a think not quite sure what the rent is for a council house but if u stay in ur council house for so many years you can buy it (a think u can still buy the house if u lived in council house for so long) which would work out great for us aswell

Reply Posted by Tom on Sunday December 8 2013 at 01:34
Selling homes at a discount, then buying them back and no doubt paying over the odds?
They should not be competing with first time buyers, and neither should buy to let landlords.
We need property to fall further in price, so that workers can buy homes on today's lower wages. The council should not be propping up the market and indirectly subsiding property owners, whilst tenants are forced to pay ever higher rents.

Tenant's rent money is being spent on bidding up the price of housing, trapping them in rented property.

ipso Regulated