Watch the man who is forced to pay £360,000 because the council sold him a £700,000 at half price
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54-year-old Antony Zomparelli purchased his two-bed flat from Islington Borough Council for £340,000 in 2014 under the Right to Buy scheme.
The Right to Buy scheme allows council tenants to buy their homes but Antony has now been told to pay an extra amount of £360,000 because the council mistakenly sold him a £700,000 flat for £340,000.
The council says they had mistakenly sold him a £700,000 flat for £340,000 because they thought it was a one-bedroom flat.
The council is taking him to court and if he doesn’t pay the extra amount, he would lose his house.
The father-of-four said: “I would never have bought the property if I knew it was going to cost £700,000. It would never have crossed my mind. How can they expect me to afford to pay? It has ruined my life. I can’t function as a normal person or think straight.”
“It has caused me depression and I’ve had to go to the doctor’s. It has put a massive strain on my relationship with friends and family. I’ve been in la la land since I got the first letter.”
“I just couldn’t believe it. I can’t understand how they can do this, it seems impossible. They’ve clearly made a massive mistake and it’s of no fault of my own.”
The homeowner says even if he wins the case, he will have to sell his flat because he can’t afford the legal bills.
Mr. Zomparelli said: “No matter what happens I will have to sell the property to pay my legal fees. If I win I’ll get the fee back for my barrister but I’ll have to pay some costs for my solicitor and mortgage company.”
He said when he bought the house, he wasn’t surprised at the price because it was the first time he was buying a property.
He wanted to make his children’s lives easier and everything was going fine until he received the letter from the council.
He said: “The most unjust part of it is I will still lose the property even if I win. I can’t get my head around it, even if I win I know I’ll still be losing.”
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