Eviction man insists: this house is my home
A Springhall man is facing eviction from his home in a row over whether he is living there or not.
David Marr, 32, of Cruachan Road, has been accused by South Lanarkshire Council of actually staying at his mum’s nearby house.
But he insists that is not true and that, while his gas and electricity bills are low, he is staying in the flat.
He said: “They’re saying there’s no evidence that I stay there and that I just come down the road during the day but it’s not true.
“According to their evidence I’m not there enough and they said that the house wasn’t showing enough signs of being lived in.
“But I’m trying to do work on the house and when I showed the housing officer the gas and electricity bills she can see there’s gas and electricity being used.
“They said that they could see there was usage but there wasn’t enough to justify me staying there. I’d explained that during the days I’m out but they wouldn’t believe me.
“They questioned the cooker that’s there but, being on benefits, I can’t just snap my fingers and make a new cooker appear.
“They don’t seem to care any more about what they’re doing.
“The last thing I’ve heard is that they’ll be going ahead with the eviction. Part of the reason given was that they’ve got too many people on their homeless lists who need a permanent house.
“They claim that I wasn’t there when they first came out to see me in January but I can’t recall them saying they were coming out.
“They’ve cancelled my housing benefits so I’m now facing rent arrears too. I’ve had mental health problems before and this is causing a lot of stress.”
David moved into the house in May 2011.
The council’s executive director of housing services Daniel Lowe said: “We are unable to comment on matters relating to a particular tenant due to confidentiality considerations.
“However, in general terms, in cases where the council is satisfied that a tenant is not using their tenancy as their only or principal home then the council can raise proceedings to request an eviction decree at the sheriff court.
“The local housing team are in regular contact with Mr Marr and all appropriate information and advice is being provided to him at this time.”
Housing woes David Marr with the letter saying he does not live in the house