Sunderland house for sale with £10k guide price is sealed off by city council due to safety concerns
A Sunderland house with history of subsidence has been sealed off by the council amid safety concerns, after barriers were removed.
The house, located on Broomshields Avenue in Fulwell, suffered significant subsidence in August last year as the property’s driveway sank into the ground.
That left residents on the street without any gas and water as the supplies were cut for a short period as the home had to be sealed off.
And despite the driveway appearing to have since been fixed, the house has been fenced off once again with warning signs reading ‘construction site keep out' and ‘no unauthorised access’ seen at the property's entrance as a precautionary measure.
The barriers are now set to remain in place while the building’s long-term future remains uncertain.
This comes as the vacant property has recently been listed for auction with a guide price of just £10,000.
A statement from Sunderland City Council said: “The property is currently unsafe due to structural issues resulting from subsidence issues that were reported to the city council last year.
“Barriers remain in place as a precautionary measure to protect the public. Although it appears that the barriers were recently removed - we’re not sure by who or for what reason - these have now been reinstated by the council and will remain in place pending a decision on the longer-term plans for the building’s future.
“This is something that rests with the property owner. It is not a matter for the local authority.”