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87 Year Old Grandmother Forcibly Evicted From Her Home

UK grandmother evicted from her home

An 87-year-old grandmother from the UK has been forcibly evicted from her home on Wednesday after bailiffs smashed down her door and forced her out onto the street.

May Appleton and her sons say that bailiffs turned up to her home in Northwich, England and gave the family 30 minutes to leave the property while they smashed windows and broke down doors.

Northwichguardian.co.uk reports:

Brian Appleton, 61, May’s eldest son, said: “They got a sledgehammer to the door and smashed the window at the top – the glass went all over Mark and cut his hand and went halfway up the stairs.

“All this time mum was stood in the living room shouting and screaming ‘leave my house alone, leave my things alone’.

“Both Mark and Paul held off at the front door and they came round the back, we kept them off for 25 minutes but in the end they drilled the locks off.

“They chucked all my mum’s stuff out on the front garden and trod all over it.

“She was devastated, she was screaming.”

May, 87, has lived in the Lostock Gralam house with her sons Brian, Mark, 51, and Paul, 49, since it was built.
They have been locked in a three-year battle with landlord Weaver Vale Housing Trust over their possessions, which the trust classed as hoarding and said was a fire hazard.

The trust said the family needed to get rid of their hoarded items to comply with their tenancy agreement.

The family argued that the items represent a lifetime of precious memories.

Bailiffs attempted to evict May and her sons on Friday, March 4, but left without success.

They they served the family with a notice to say that they could be evicted any time after 2pm on Wednesday, March 9.

May and her youngest son Paul were checked over by paramedics after the eviction this morning.

The house has now been boarded up and the Appletons have been put up in the Travelodge, in Lostock, for one night.

Brian said: “They were concerned about my mum’s health but just carried on pushing it through.

“We’re at the Travelodge now but where we will be tomorrow night I don’t know.”

Judith Burbidge, director of neighbourhoods at Weaver Vale Housing Trust, said: “We have arranged and paid for temporary local accommodation for a week for the family.

“We are aware that the family have made contact with Cheshire West and Chester Council’s housing solutions team and social services who are assisting the family with finding long term accommodation.

“An eviction is always our last resort but in this case we have to put the safety of the family, neighbours and anyone else entering the home first.

“We have tried every option open to us over the course of three years, including the offer to install a sprinkler system in the home and offering to clear and store the items safely, but Mrs Appleton and her sons have continued to refuse all offers of help to reduce the fire risk to both themselves and visitors entering the home, including fire fighters. “We have had almost daily contact with the family to try to find a solution.

“Once the bailiffs took possession of the property, a full safety inspection was carried out.

“The house was then made secure before the removal and safe and secure storage of all the Appletons’ items.”

Mark Cashin, deputy chief officer at Cheshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Hoarding certainly is a growing issue for fire and rescue services.

“It presents significant risks for individuals, communities and firefighters.

“This is not about us telling people how they should live their lives it is about keeping people and firefighters safe, something that we have a responsibility to do.

“Fires in the homes of hoarders have resulted in several deaths and have in some incidences put the lives of fire crews in extreme danger.”

Judith added: “Both Cheshire West and Chester Council’s social services team and the local church made last ditch attempts last week to work with the family, to try mediate on our behalf and find a solution, however this was unsuccessful.”

  • Bill Hasan

    What a bunch of traitors for making a family homeless. How can they sleep at night.

  • Ellen Hanna

    That is the thanks this poor woman got after contributing to the British economy for so many years. Of course I would have a question of the sons: are they handicapped? Never moved out to their own homes?

  • Ellen Hanna

    There is hardly a week that there is not a TV program about hoarding? I wonder why?

  • Andrew Dalgleish

    Ahh come on now. The bailiffs were only obeying orders. Nobody can ever be blamed for obeying ze orders…

    • Smart Cookie

      Except for Nazi’s.

    • veranne

      That is one of the major problems in this country. Common sense has been superseded by rules and authorities follow the rules even if they do not make any sense. Can anyone in Britain think for themselves or do they get others to do the thinking for them? Pathetic Britain – no longer great, Just a bunch of sheeples.

  • Anonymous

    3 years eviction process,, it’s was no suprise when eviction day came.
    They tryed to lock the doors and hold then out.
    Two sons 51 and 49 still sponging off 87yr old mommy.

    Just shameful.

    • http://www.fatgirlslim.org/ Tracy Webster

      I think possibly “looking after” might have been the phrase you were looking for, you heartless wretch.

  • Jessica Coco

    I had an elderly friend who was 87 years old and the landlord did nothing but periodically harass the man over and over- also claiming hoarding. My friend’s apt was a little crowded. He had all his walls covered with bookcases. However the apt was far from being a fire hazard. The landlord hopes my friend would die faster from the constant harassment and apt inspections. Disgraceful!!! All done to raise the rent from $1200 to $4000. Its never about hoarding even when the person is a hoarder. It’s all about the $$$. I know several acquaintances with $ who pay big bucks for rent. Guwas what? No one ever serve them with an eviction notice.

    • Smart Cookie

      There’s a big difference between a landlord claiming tenants are hoarder. They’re way less tolerant because they see the damage being done to their property. But when the government gets involved, it has to be a VERY bad set of circumstances.

      • Jessica Coco

        Landlords here in the US just pay the judges and agencies off. Which is not to say there aren’t people who are really “unsanitary” or bad hoarders. Trust me the apts I’ve seen with my job. There were 2 that I thought
        were hiding a dead body from the smell, but when the door opened there
        was 2 feet of everything from empty soda & Chinese food containers to used sanitary napkins and tampons. It’s just I see when you are rich, the place you rent can be turned into a garbage dump with rodents running out, but if you’re poor and live in an apt that can rent for more, a bookcase in a small apt is all of a sudden considered “unsafe and a fire hazard”. On the otherhand, when a tenant in senior or public housing has a problem, judges behave very differently. Since there is no financial gain, the judges and the city try in many, but not all circumstances to try to convince the tenant to accept help. I’ve seen them evict tenants in some circumstances after 2 years and then only for a short time to make it clear, they need to get help.

        • Smart Cookie

          But it’s not the landlords responsibility to get his tenants “help’ I have also worked in property management. The grief tenants cause owners of the home they rent is rediculous, and frequently gross. The only obligation the landlord has is to provide a roof that doesn’t leak. Electrical that doesn’t spark and fix thing as they need fixing. This family, the two middle aged sons, milked this for all it was worth. So sad that a poor woman in her 80’s has to go through this. Landlords aren’t foster parents.

  • Smart Cookie

    Have you ever seen the damage that a hoarder can do? This sounds more like the grandmother passively allows her scumbag sons to do all the talking. Hoarders sincerely are a danger to themselves. It’s a compulsive disorder. It takes a lot to classify a home as belonging to a hoarder.

  • speakout1100

    Her neighbours say she is a wonderful woman and are disgusted by this hounding. Her home is neatly arranged. Why can’t people be left alone? Who is to say how we should live? Why did they not get a specialist humane ‘hoarder’ specialist to liaise? People should not be so quick to judge and label. Museums are grateful for ‘hoarders’. Without them many items of the past would be lost. What of the psychiatrist who hoards brains – no-one seems bothered by him!

  • Leigh Collingwood

    I’ll bet it’s the storage companies driving this. Whenever something doesn’t make sense from one point of view, it does from some other – that which is least expected (but should be nowadays when the govt is totally in the pocket of business).