The typical HiA house is located in a good, non-prime residential area which is not recognised for having serious social problems. Some tenants will need as much help as 

possible not to fall back on old habits, so we try to locate them away from areas known for high crime rates, drug dealing or prostitution.

Houses will generally be of traditional construction with two or three bedrooms and could be detached, semi-detached or terraced. Flats are also an option in some circumstances.

Before being suitable for occupation by two or three tenants, it will most likely require some refurbishment, redecoration and adaptation for its new use as a shared house with private rooms and shared facilities (technically a House in Multiple Occupation or HMO, although not licensable due to its size or number of residents).

A key issue in is affordability. This means that houses in some areas are unlikely to be suitable. We also recommend against buying in cul-de-sacs for reasons we can't state easily here. A house at the end of a street or a terrace are all good choices.

We would caution against buying a property which needs a lot of remedial work. Hope into Action always recommends that important remedial works are undertaken immediately to establish a good "baseline" for future maintenance. This is also in the investors’ interest.

If the internal décor is excellent, it’s a bonus, but in most cases a complete redecoration is needed. The cost of initial refurbishment and redecoration needs to be factored into the price and the cost to the investor, along of course with legal fees etc.