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Die To Let: Extreme Landlordism

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After pensioner Michael Rees died last year, leaving no surviving relatives, his neighbours wondered what would become of his house.

They kept an eye on the £275,000 home and tended the front and rear gardens to make sure the property looked occupied.

Then, after the terrace house had been empty for 13 months, an ‘Heir Hunter’ arrived on the scene and claimed it.

But Maria Lauretta was not even a distant relative of the late owner. Instead she was an opportunist who changed the locks and announced she would be putting tenants into the property.

The brazen Miss Lauretta even stuck a notice in the front window proclaiming: ‘Private Property – Keep Out’.

Astonishingly, police deemed that she had not committed any crime, but the Treasury Solicitor’s department, which is responsible for the empty property, changed the locks again to keep Miss Lauretta out.

The house, according to her own boasts, is not the first property she has appropriated.

She represents a new trend in property developers, who scour government websites to locate the houses of those who have died without leaving a will.


Edited by thecrashingisles

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