A pensioner who “slogged his heart out” to save up for his perfect retirement home has been forced into a fiery legal battle with his son, who is attempting to force him out.
Neville Paull, 76, claims he’s been “stitched” up by his own son after he purchased the perfect £650,000 (AU $1,071,332) property in the 1990s, before transferring it to his son eight years ago.
Now, The Sun reports, in a cruel turn of events, he has claimed his 52-year-old son Bradley is forcing him and his severely disabled partner out on the street with nowhere to go, after promising they could stay there for the rest of their life.
Claiming he “requires the property for his own use” and describing Neville as “an effing lodger”, the hardworking pensioner has turned to the courts for support, asking Judge Timothy Bowles to undo the transfer so he can live happily as he had planned.
Neville is now reportedly regretting his decision to trust his son’s advice to transfer the property, telling the judge: “I listened to Bradley and I got stitched up,” before adding: “I worked all my life while he just sat back and thought ‘this is a gift dropping into my hands'”.
According to the 76-year-old father’s solicitor, Neville only agreed to the transfer to ensure his children, rather than step-children, were left with the house.
It is also thought he could have been concerned about finance related issues such as inheritance tax and the future value of his home.
But Bradley is adamant the pensioner’s dream house was very much a gift handed down to him to use as he wished.
A final decision is yet to be made as to whether Neville will get to keep his home or if his son will win the legal battle, leaving him with nowhere to go.
Sadly, Neville isn’t the only one with alleged “greedy” children who are making use of their parents’ finances.
Last year a couple went to court against their 37-year-old son whom they had lent a whopping $300,000.
The money had been gifted as a loan, which the man had to pay back but the son claimed he wasn’t obligated to do so.
Thankfully, this couple’s story ended happily with their son ordered to pay back the money, however, it does serve as a warning to others who are thinking of lending extravagant sums of money to their children.