Somali refugee family of nine pay just £90-a-week to live in the £2.2m London council house they’ve called home for 15 years

Somali refugee family of nine pay just £90-a-week to live in the £2.2m London council house they’ve called home for 15 years:

  • Islington Council rent out the grand Georgian home for just £90 a week
  • The refugee family who have lived there for 15 years say they are ‘very lucky’
  • Rented privately the north London home could be let for £900 per week 

This London council house is worth £2.2million – but the tenants who live there pay just £90 a week.

The four bedroom Georgian property in London’s trendy Clerkenwell district could be rented out for £900 a week.

But Islington Council charge the social tenants who live there a 10th of the market rate – making it one of the UK’s most expensive council houses.

Somalian refugees Muriidi Abati, 57, and wife Maryan, 43, have lived there for 15 years with their seven children aged between eight and 23.

Speaking to The Sun, Ms Abati said: ‘We’re very lucky and grateful to have this house. It’s sad there are not enough houses for everyone.’  

A house on the same street sold for £2.18million.

The London borough of Islington, to the north of the capital, is home to around 215,500 people.

There are approximately 18,000 families on its social housing list, but last year it only managed to accomodate 1,250.

Within Islington sits the area of Clerkenwell, which boasts Michelin star restaurants, trendy cafes and is located around the corner from the exclusive City of London Barbican complex.

In 2013 two council Southwark Council-owned properties near Borough Market were sold to a private developer for a total of £2.96million. One was then put on the market for £3.5million.

H/t reader kevin a.

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