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Teacher sells £250k cottage for £2 after being evicted over roof-tile row

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 31/01/2017 Alexandra Rucki

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc A teacher sold her cottage worth £250,000 ($NZD427k) for just £2 ($NZD3) to prevent it from being seized by a court following a row over roof tiles.

Rekha Patel, 43, was evicted from the Grade II listed cottage in Simmondley Village, Glossop , in June after a feud with her neighbour ended up in court.

She spent thousands renovating the cottage, which was renamed Patel Cottage, and turning it into her dream home.

But Rekha ended up in a dispute with her neighbour over damage to antique roof tiles during the works.

Rekha, a teacher at Glossopdale Community College, was taken to court where she was served with a bill of £72,000 for the damage.

Credits: Sean Hansford © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Sean Hansford She was later served with an eviction order when she did not pay the fees, but has since been back living at the house.

Rekha has now sold the house to two private firms for just £2 to stop it being taken to pay the debt.

However, she will continue to live in the property as a tenant after signing a ten year tenancy with the private companies.

She has denied the private firms are run by family members.

Credits: Sean Hansford © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Sean Hansford

Rekha told the M.E.N: “The cottage has been bought by two private companies.

“People came to help me. Benevolent people came to help because of the stories in the papers.

“It has been amazing. I was like wow, people can feel when something is wrong. I could write a book on the benevolence of people.

“I feel I have a moral duty to do this. I don’t need to make anything up.”

She added: “My plan of action now is to stay in my house as a tenant. I have more rights as a tenant than I have as a homeowner.

“I just want to live in peace now.”

The eviction, which Rekha claims is not valid, took place on June 10 when enforcement officers hacked through the door of the cottage, which was built in 1719.

Rekha applied for the order forcing her to pay the legal bill to be scrapped at Manchester County Court last week.

The court heard the sale of the cottage to two private firms had been officially recorded by the Land Registry.

The case has been adjourned to be heard in the Chancery Division of the High Court.

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