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Thousands Of Private Sheffield Homes ‘Below Standard’

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Almost half of all private rented homes in Sheffield are below standard, according to a health report.

Only 55 per cent of such properties met the Government’s Decent Home standard and a quarter had hazards that pose a ‘considerable risk to the health and safety of the household’ - such as damp, mould, cold or overcrowding.

The report to the council’s health and wellbeing board said the poor condition of properties in the private rented sector was one of the ‘biggest challenges’ facing Sheffield Council.

It added: “While the council’s housing stock has received significant investment in recent years, the private housing sector has not, and a lack of investment, high demand and ageing stock are creating unsatisfactory housing conditions for a significant proportion of the city’s population.

“Only 64 per cent of all private housing meets the Decent Homes standard, and of particular concern is the private rented sector where just 55 per cent meet this standard.”

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Sheffield - which assess the current and future health and wellbeing needs of the city’s population - also said a drop in house building had impacted on the availability of low cost homes.

Only 21 low cost homes were provided in the last three years and more people are being ‘forced into renting’.

Still I'm sure many of these private landlords have piles of cash just waiting to be spent on renovation and in no way will they be clinging on with low interest rates....

It will be interesting if they get forced to improve the properties.

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I would hazard to say that a good majority of homes built within the last 10-15 boom will be described as 'below standard' within a decade or less.

What do you expect. These builders were putting up houses so fast using old Chinese newspapers and sardine tins for materials...MDF, re-cycled composites, and lots of untested materials ...all from the lowest bidder.

At least the council stock from the 70's through now has to conform to a set standard. BTL empires and repeat-a-cubes for the punters do not.

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Sheffield hasn't seen much building. It has seen 10s of 1000s of council houses and flats demolished and privatised though.

A lot of the private rented housing there is ex-council, and 2 up 2 downs from 100 years ago.

I'm glad I left Sheffield, life is much better 15 miles up the road. Flew over it last week, and you could see empty estates where decent council housing had been demolished.

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