Home seized after owner wrecks it

Group Leasehold Manager Andrea Ellison (left) and Leasehold Officer Claire Essame taking possession of the house in Engineer Street, Ince

Group Leasehold Manager Andrea Ellison (left) and Leasehold Officer Claire Essame taking possession of the house in Engineer Street, Ince

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A WIGAN home has been repossessed after its damp-obsessed owner completely gutted it.

The bathroom and kitchen were torn out, floorboarding ripped up, ceilings pulled down and great sections of plaster hacked off the walls of the shared ownership house in Engineer Street, Ince.

After Beech Housing Association repossessed it damages have been estimated at between £15,000 and £20,000.

The landlords say the damage caused by the occupier had made the interior of the property dangerous and was causing a risk to the neighbours.

Despite several attempts by Beech to offer support and assistance to improve the condition of the property the occupier, Jacqueline Anderton refused to co-operate and continued to cause further damage to the property.

In removing most of the plaster work and several ceilings and floors, she left live wires and pipes exposed throughout the property.

It is understood that she was constantly trying to find evidence of damp, but Beech, a subsidiary of Adactus Housing Group, says there was none and the stripping down of the house was which caused the real harm to the property.

Adactus Leasehold Manager Andrea Ellison said: “Despite our offers of help Ms Anderton’s behaviour was putting the surrounding neighbours at increasing risk and we were forced to take legal action to protect them.

“We have a limited stock of shared ownership housing for those who would otherwise not be able to afford to get on to the property ladder. This damage is a clear breach of Ms Anderton’s lease and has destroyed a house which could otherwise have been a home for a first time buyer or young family.”

Beech Housing Association have now made the property safe and secured it against vandals.

Kimberley Clarke, Finance Operations Director for Adactus, said: “Adactus takes a very robust approach to residents who breach their lease agreements in this way, especially where there is a risk to families in the surrounding area.”