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Council-owned flats for rent in Barking from £880 per month

PUBLISHED: 09:46 07 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:17 07 August 2018

Flats in the Weavers Quarter are available for up to 20 per cent less than through private rental companies. Picture: LBBD

Flats in the Weavers Quarter are available for up to 20 per cent less than through private rental companies. Picture: LBBD

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There are 60 new homes up for grabs at reduced rents near Barking station.

The one and two-bedroom apartments, based in the Weavers Quarter on Ripple Road, are available for a one-year tenancy, followed by a five-year assured shorthold agreement.

They’re being managed by Reside, a council-owned company which provides an alternative to renting privately. Rent, at £880 per month for a one-bed and £1,120 for two-beds, is 20 per cent cheaper than private companies.

Councillor Cameron Geddes, cabinet member for regeneration and social housing, said: “The council housing of yesterday. where it was easy to get on the housing register and get a property, is gone.

“We’re adapting to the tough housing climate by offering residents rental options at a price they can afford so that they can choose to live in this area, near their friends and family.

“The rents have been set at levels that mean the properties are not out of reach for residents on lower incomes – so whether you’re a couple working full-time in retail or a full-time bus driver with a child and a partner who works part-time and receives child benefit and tax credit, you can still have a choice other than privately renting.”

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