Former tenant of Dowager Countess Bathurst claims was evicted from Sapperton property with just 11 days notice
THE former tenant of a Sapperton property owned by the Dowager Countess of Bathurst has told the Standard how she was evicted from the house with 11 days notice.
The tenant, who has asked to remain anonymous, said that the Dowager presented her with the choice of either signing a one-year tenancy agreement with no get-out clause or to be out of the property in 11 days.
She said: “I was almost in tears when all this happened as I had a lot going on in my private life at the time.
“If it wasn’t for a friend of mine who let me stay with them, I would have been ended up on the streets.”
The Dowager contacted the Standard to dispute these claims. She said: “This tenant was given ample time to renew and sign her lease but she chose not. In addition, this tenant had caused considerable damage to the property and after going to arbitration, damages were awarded.”
However, the former renter of the property has defended her claims and states that all correspondence from the Dowager took anything up to a week to arrive and that the only damage was where some paint had been spilt on the carpet.
She said: “I took on the house thinking I can decorate it. I spent several hundreds of pounds doing it up.
“I admit that I had spilt some pink paint behind some furniture that I was unable to move when decorating. She was only given £42 to clean the small piece of carpet.”
She also stated that the work she carried out on the house, which was entirely self-funded, has actually lead to the property’s value increasing.
This revelation comes only a week after the Standard reported that the Dowager had indefinitely closed a staff car park at Cirencester Hospital.
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