Mum’s home repair ordeal

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A SINGLE mum whose home was ransacked while she was sick in hospital has been left waiting for six months for repairs to be completed.

Thugs stripped metal pipes, the boiler and radiators from Sheneil Smith’s rented council property in Northern Avenue, Arbourthorne, while she was being treated for pneumonia in February.

The 26-year-old, who lives with daughter Ellie-May Turner, aged nine, and is three months pregnant with her second child, said: “I’ve been a tenant for the last three years but have been unable to live in the house since coming out of hospital.

“Sheffield Homes said they would carry out repairs but when I was given the keys back recently, the house was still in a mess. Tiles were missing, pipes were not connected to the toilet and I didn’t feel safe putting on the electricity and gas. I’m having to stay at my nan’s house and with a friend while waiting for the repairs to be finished - but how long do I have to sit and wait?”

Sheneil, a full-time mum, said not having a home of her own is causing problems for her daughter and she needs permanent accommodation before her baby is born.

A Sheffield Homes spokesman said that as soon as the delay was raised by The Star, an appointment was arranged for one of its officials to visit Sheneil and discuss the problems.

He said: “We will continue to work closely with Miss Smith to ensure any issues regarding her property are resolved as soon as possible.”