Candelo house sale falls through after the buyer discovered the property is on the wrong lot
Retirement nightmare when a couple’s home sale fails after the buyer discovers the property was on the wrong lot due to a 130-year bureaucratic blunder.
- A mix-up made 130 years ago jeopardizes an elderly couple’s ability to afford to retire
- The Plowmans have technically spent years living in the wrong house.
- The error was only discovered when they tried to sell their investment property
A couple has just discovered that they have technically been living in the wrong house due to a bureaucratic error from 130 years ago, which threatens their retirement plans.
Peter and Cheryl Plowman bought and fixed up an investment property next door in Candelo, NSW, with plans to sell it to help finance their retirement.
But when they came to sell the property, the prospective buyer’s attorney found a problem that prevented the sale, he said. a current affair.
Mr. and Mrs. Plowman (pictured) nearly sold their own home while trying to sell the property they had renovated next door to fund their retirement.
Mr. and Mrs. Plowman discovered that the property they were trying to sell was their own home, according to 19th-century lot deeds, because someone had labeled the lots on their street, Bega Street, in a numerical sequence. unorthodox: one, two, four, three, five.
In reality, the couple had been living in lot three, the fourth house along the street, and had bought ‘official’ lot four from a friend to fix up thinking it was lot three.
The attempted sale was necessary for all those involved to realize the mistake, which had been made in official documents in the 19th century.
The couple had actually been living in lot three (pictured), the fourth house along the street, and had bought ‘official’ lot four from a friend as a repairman thinking it was lot three.
“I know where I live,” Mr. Plowman said, “I won’t let any bureaucrat tell me otherwise.”
Mr. Plowman had previously done his own deed and was unaware of the mix-up, but the prospective buyer’s attorney did and realized that his client would actually be buying the Plowman’s house next door.
The Plowmans’ house, slightly more run down than the renovated house they were trying to sell, meant the buyer was suddenly not interested in the sale.
Mr and Mrs Plowman said they had spent time and money approaching the relevant government departments to try to rectify the confusion, but were told that the batches will always be as they are and technically correct.
An error in the 1800s meant that their houses were swapped, and instead of appearing in ascending order up the street, lots three and four were swapped.
“We begged them to come and take a look from the street to understand the confusion, but they refused,” Ms Plowman told ACA.
The couple find themselves in conflict as until the problem is fixed, they cannot sell their investment property and no one will buy their house as it is also on the wrong number.
“I know where I live,” Mr. Plowman said.
I will not allow any bureaucrat to tell me otherwise.
“The damn bureaucrats don’t know how to count, and we are the ones who pay the price for a mistake that was made 130 years ago.”