A FED-UP tenant has called for better security at empty council houses after thieves repeatedly broke into an unoccupied flat and ripped out pipes, sending water flooding into his home below.
Rees Wilson, aged 22, lives in a ground-floor flat in a two-storey block on Southey Hill, Southey Green, Sheffield.
He said: “It first happened a couple of months back, when the water damaged my television, which I had to throw out.
“I’ve just spent £100 having my living room redecorated, plus between £60 and £70 for the paper.
“Now thieves have broken in again and there’s been another flood.”
Rees, who is unemployed, said this time some of his belongings had been damaged beyond repair including his laptop. He does not have insurance so cannot replace them.
A third break-in happened the day after Sheffield Homes’ contractors carried out repairs, causing more damage.
Rees said: “I can’t believe this keeps happening.”
Sheffield Homes offered him temporary accommodation while his flat dries out and repairs are made.
It said it will improve security at the empty flat to minimise the risk of break-ins.
Jason Siddall, repairs and maintenance manager, said: “Mr Wilson reported water leaking into his property as a result of thieves breaking into the flat above and stealing piping.
“Over the weekend thieves broke in again resulting in further water leaks into Mr Wilson’s property.
“An officer visited Mr Wilson on Monday morning to assess the damage, and arrange the necessary repairs and temporary accommodation while the repairs take place. We will continue to work closely with Mr Wilson and provide the support he needs until repairs are complete.”