Tycoon suing over £2.5m flat ‘popping like bubble wrap’
A BUSINESSMAN who splashed more than £2.5million on a posh London apartment only to be kept awake by a clicking noise – is suing for more than £1million.
Nazirali Tejani, 70, bought the plush property in upmarket Fitzroy Place near Oxford Street in 2012.
But soon after moving in, the tycoon complained of a din “akin to popping bubble wrap”, which he said ran through the entire flat.
Other residents described a similar noise, but despite extensive work, Mr Tejani says its source was not found.The tycoon, whose business interests include pharmaceuticals and property, says his home was not worth anything like the amount he paid and that he has not being able to live there or rent it out. According to documents filed ahead of the trial, Mr Tejani first complained about the noise in 2016, soon after completion of Fitzroy Place.
His barrister, Timothy Dutton QC, said in case papers: “The noise occurs both day and night. It is loud enough to wake the claimant and his wife. “It cannot be masked and can be heard even if a television or radio is playing and irrespective of whether doors are closed.” Freeholder, Fitzroy Place Residential Ltd, and developer, 2-10 Mortimer Street GP Ltd, deny liability and claim Mr Tejani had rejected offers to profit on the apartment. The High Court battle starts next month.