REVEALED: Sheffield council houses that nobody will live in

40 Popple Street, Page Hall
40 Popple Street, Page Hall

These are the Sheffield council houses that people are refusing to live in.

The Star can reveal there are 66 council houses in Sheffield which have stood empty for 100 days or more – costing a whopping £147,915 in lost rent payments.

3 Heather Road, Wincobank

3 Heather Road, Wincobank

The most refused house in the city is 40 Popple Street, Page Hall.

This property has been turned down by 33 different people, stood empty for 435 days and has cost the council £5,005 in lost rent.

According to the report, 22 people refused the property due to its location.

The next worst offender is 3 Heather Road, Wincobank.Also refused by 33 people, the home has stood empty for 196 days and cost £2,699 in lost rent payments.

5 and 6 Graves Trust Houses, Greenhill

5 and 6 Graves Trust Houses, Greenhill

Six people refused the property due to location, 12 people said the property was too small – and one person even turned it down as it didn’t have a dining room.

3 Graves Trust Houses, Greenhill, has been refused by 21 people, stood empty for 112 days and a cost £1,303.

5 Graves Trust Houses, Greenhill, has had 20 refusals, been empty for 231 days and has cost £2,612 in lost rent payments.

And 21 Castledine Gardens, Wincobank, has been refused by 12 different people and stood empty for 133 days at a cost of £1,962.

21 Castledine Gardens

21 Castledine Gardens

According to the September report, 23 of the homes are currently undergoing maintenance and repairs, or are currently uninhabitable due to damage.

The remaining 43 properties are ready to be lived-in right away – but are actually being refused by people.

Sheffield Council stressed that the loss of rent figures don’t paint the true picture as a lot of the properties are investments, which they knew at the time of buying would require months of work.

The authority said it cannot force people to accept a home either, it can merely offer the houses to people who have signed-up to their housing register.

Gleadless Valley

Gleadless Valley

The area of Sheffield with the most vacant council homes is Gleadless Valley, which 13 homes stood vacant for a total of 2,438 days.

Lowedges has six vacant homes, Burngreave and Brightside four and Arbourthorne three.

The property which has stood empty for the longest is 383 Leighton Road, also in Gleadless Valley, which has been vacant for 469 days and has cost £5,842 in lost rent payments.

Sheffield Council were not able to provide figures on how many people are currently waiting for a council house, but The Star is working to get this figure.

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “We can’t force people to accept a council house but we want to help more people find a suitable home.

“We are working hard on this and have reduced the number of empty homes by 15 per cent since changing our allocation policy.

“More than a third of those empty for longest are ones we’re refurbishing or carrying out major work on.

“Carrying out this work, and buying properties that need work done to them, is part of our plan to increase council housing stock.

“We always knew this would be the case when we bought these properties so we are not missing rent income that we were expecting.

“Other homes are harder to let than others. Three bedroom homes have become less desirable since the bedroom tax was introduced for example, and sheltered bedsits are less desirable than they used to be.

“We continue to work with tenants to further reduce the number of empty properties. We believe our figures are in line with what other authorities are seeing.”

According to the document, the number of homes vacant for 100 days or more have increased by 27 per cent since April, from 52 to 66.

The number of homes on the list which are ready to live has increased by 34 per cent since April, from 32 to 43.