Shared ownership households complain of housing segregation

Residents denied access to car parks, gyms and swimming pools amid outrage over playground bans

People living in shared ownership homes are being denied access to open spaces, car parks, gymnasiums and swimming pools, fuelling complaints of housing segregation.

Residents who own homes outright enjoy access to the facilities in complexes that often feature side or rear entrances for shared owners, like “poor doors” used in social housing. But householders who own only a part of their homes have complained of the daily frustration and discrimination they feel at the practices. Segregation is often achieved through electronic key fobs that are programmed to deny access to parts of complexes.

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