But after they got into a fight, Norma claimed she had been “tricked” into transferring the property to her daughter’s name.
Now, ending a 10-year fight at Central London County Court, Judge Nigel Gerald has ordered Norma to leave her home of more than 40 years.
Dawn had been ‘pushed to the limit’
In passing her judgement, she said some might find it “shocking” that a daughter would take her 82-year-old mother, but said others might see that Dawn had been “pushed over the edge” by Norma’s behaviour.
The court heard that mother and daughter lived upstairs and downstairs in the same converted house on Allfarthing Lane, Earlsfield, south London.
But in 2004, Norma transferred her three-bedroom apartment, which was in her name, and the freehold of the entire building, which was in both their names, to her daughter’s sole name for “tax planning” purposes.
Dawn, who works in finance and represents herself in court, said she had a good relationship with her mother until she had her son in 2008.
Norma made “repeated accusations to social services”
Dawn said her mother had made repeated hurtful allegations about her to social services, which resulted in Norma being told by the local council to stop contacting him.
She said her mother had also made 155 “false calls” about her to the police, resulting in unnecessary police attendance at all hours and up to 3am.
“I had to set up internal and external CCTV to test what we are doing,” he said.
“It has been absolutely horrible.
“I’m exhausted. It’s been 10 years and I’ve had enough.”
His mother had waged a harassing campaign against him, he said, beating the floor upstairs, deliberately causing water leaks in the £800,000 floor below and refusing to allow builders upstairs to fix the problems.