Park Hill apartment resident “forced out of home” due to rent increases

A Sheffield resident said he felt he was being ‘kicked’ out of his apartment because of rent increases.

The resident, who does not want to be named, has lived in an apartment in the town’s Park Hill development for the past four years and said during that time his rent had been increased by almost £ 100.

He claims there is an average rent increase of £ 25 per year, which he says is announced by the developers of the building after an ‘appraisal’ of the property.

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But the resident says no one from the company has ever visited his apartment, so he said he didn’t know how they were “doing the assessment.”

The resident said Yorkshire Live : “Since I’ve been here, every year there is a rent increase and I get an email from someone before my annual contract expires.

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“There is no explanation, they just immediately send me a contract with the new rent increase included and expect me to sign it. Every year I ask them for an explanation and I get very little response. “

The resident said that when he first moved into his Park Hill flat in 2018 he was paying £ 800 per calendar month for his two bedroom flat but now pays £ 885.

“Like any rental agent, they have a clause that the rent is no more than a third of my income and in the current climate I don’t really feel comfortable asking my employer for a raise,” he said. declared the inhabitant.

He fears that with a further rent increase coming, he will soon be able to afford to stay in his apartment.

The resident said: “I like it here, four years is enough time to settle down and get comfortable in a place, so I don’t want to leave here but every year this decision becomes a a little more difficult and a little more stressful.

“I am counting on an increase in work or adjusting my budget to find the extra money, so every year it makes things a little more difficult.”

He added: ‘I lived in Sheffield for a while [before moving to Park Hill] but didn’t know much about the history of the building.

“It’s a pretty painful subject for a lot of people who have been evicted from their homes, so you would think people would be more sensitive to this when the building is reestablished.

“I feel like I’m almost forced out.”

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And he said he even considered leaving last year, adding: “I thought I was there last year. [needing to leave] and I’m on the fence this year about renewing my contract.

“I like it here, but it’s hard to find places in Sheffield where the prices aren’t going up.”

The resident had hoped that the company that owns his building, Urban Splash, would have frozen rent increases during the pandemic – but claims that did not happen.

He said, “Maybe I’m naive. I had one [rent increase] just before the start of the pandemic, then one last year and now another. “

In an email to the resident, seen by Yorkshire Live, Urban Splash said the monthly rent is assessed by “residential consultants” and the rent increases based on market value.

YorkshireLive has reached out to Urban Splash for comment.

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