Letter: Worthless

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BOTH Martin Vander Weyer ("Thank Major for stable house prices", 4 June) and Ted Stroud (Letters, 11 June) fail to appreciate that ex-council houses are in fact without value.

The concept of the sale of council houses to sitting tenants could only succeed as a piece of social engineering if the majority of sitting tenants on any given estate bought their properties. This did not happen. As a result, an ex-council house is just that, sitting in some dire council estate. Sell them? You can't give them away. Leave them empty and they will be vandalised.

Angus Wolstenholme

Leeds, West Yorkshire