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Covenant Prevents Dorset Couple Selling House

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From Yesterday's Sun newspaper.

A DISGUSTED family have been banned from selling their house down south — because the buyers are SCOTTISH.

Phil and Vicky Collins were thrilled when a Glasgow couple put in a £192,000 offer on their Dorset home after ten months without a viewing.

Mortgages were agreed and both families had even started packing — when council officials suddenly blocked the sale.

They insisted it could not go ahead because the three-bedroom gaff was an ex-council house — with an agreement saying only LOCALS could live there.

Last night Phil, 31, said: “We are beside ourselves with anger and frustration.

“In this day and age, with property sales almost dried up and people desperate to move, it’s beyond belief the council is standing by this principle.â€

Simon Grainger and Suzanne Spedding, of Glasgow, hoped to start a new life in quaint Briantspuddle with their two-year-old son.

But the house sale was still locked in stalemate last night.

Software developer Phil said: “The father had found a local job and they have relatives in Dorset but the council won’t budge.

“We have told the council they are breaching our human rights. They have told us they don’t care.â€

Phil insists nobody told him about the rule when they bought the house for £90,000 seven years ago.

A spokesman for Purbeck District Council said: “The owner should have been made aware of the covenant.â€


I wonder how many local workers are willing or able to help this couple realize their dream of a £100,000 rewards for living in their ex-council house for seven years.

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