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I SPENT pounds 50K TO GET SQUATTER OUT MY HOME; Huge court and repair bill for rented semi.

Byline: PAUL BYRNE

HOMEOWNER Dy Maurice has been left penniless after spending pounds 50,000 to have a squatter kicked out of her house.

The 50-year-old rented out her pounds 250,000 modern semi but the tenant secretly sub-let it.

And when she tried to evict the new tenant he refused to move, claiming squatter's rights.

Dy had to stay in a B&B as she fought a 15-month court battle to evict him.

But even after the mum-of-two won her case, she was left with a pounds 20,000 repair bill for damage to the house.

Furious Dy said: "The state of it was unbelievable. The wires were sliced on my alarm, there were stains round my fire, ruined lamps, kitchen equipment gone, beds ruined, carpets disgusting beyond belief, curtains wrecked. This has cost me my life savings."

The former hotel manageress bought her home in 2001 but moved to Dublin six years later to run a beauty salon. She rented it out but weeks later the tenant told her his business partner was now living there. Dy flew home but the new tenant refused to let her in.

She called police but officers told her there was nothing they could do.

Dy added: "I was livid. I had to go to a B&B. I was homeless."

When she got a court order, the man still refused to leave. It was another month before bailiffs removed him from the house in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Squatting is unlawful but not illegal. But it is a criminal offence to damage property by gaining entry.

Squatters can be evicted by civil courts. They cannot be removed by force. If they live in a home for 12 years, it effectively becomes theirs.

But Dy said: ""This law on squatter's rights is totally and utterly disgraceful and damaging, soul destroying, and it's time MPs realised this."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 2, 2010
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