Evic­tion man in­sists: this house is my home

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

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

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