Hull couple face eviction for refusing to let house be painted
A COUPLE have been threatened with eviction after refusing to allow their house to be repainted.
Pensioners Raymond and Lily Parker fear they may lose their west Hull home of 16 years over the dispute.
Property management company Places For People owns a 25 per cent share of the house in Vauxhall Grove, with the majority share owned by the couple.
The company wants to paint the house at a cost of £600 to the couple, however, Mr Parker had the house painted last year.
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Places For People has now written to Mr Parker stating he is in breach of his lease if he does not allow their contractors to paint his house and so would have to "forfeit his house".
However, Mr Parker claims there is nothing in his original lease that mentions repairs and maintenance.
He said: "I won't allow someone else to paint it at a cost of £600 when it can be done cheaper elsewhere. I had it done myself in 2011.
"There is no mention in the lease I signed about having any painting done.
"I've told them if they send painters I'll ring the police and report them for trespassing.
"My wife is disabled and it's making her sick with worry."
Mr Parker is in dispute with the company because he claims they are quoting the terms of a lease that he never signed.
The confusion arose because the original lease he signed did not mention payment for repairs. He was then sent a second lease with added amendments. However Mr Parker never signed the later lease.
Despite this, Places For People claim this new lease is the one that is attached to his property and which Mr Parker is legally obliged to adhere to.
A spokesman said: "Leaseholders are legally obliged to pay any charges for repairs and maintenance costs set down in their lease.
"The customer's lease clearly states this work is to be carried out by Places For People.
"This has been supported by an independent Leaseholder Valuation Tribunal, which also determined that the leaseholder is liable for the costs incurred.
"It also noted that we consulted with all leaseholders on the scheme about the planned works before the customer carried out the painting himself."
Mr Parker is now taking legal advice.
He said: "I need to see a solicitor now to see where I stand with the lease situation.
"They are enforcing the rules of a lease on me that I never signed.
"I can't be in breach of something I never signed."