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We are being thrown out of our house for 16 years which we restored for Christmas because our landlord wanted to sell it.

A COUPLE faces becoming homeless at Christmas when their landlord wants to sell the house they’ve lived in for 16 years.

Barbara Smathers and Les Harvey have been notified of eviction from Diglake Farm in Bignall End, Staffordshire.

Barbara Smathers and Les Harvey face eviction from the house they've lived in for 16 years

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Barbara Smathers and Les Harvey face eviction from the house they’ve lived in for 16 yearsCredit: Richard Price

Barbara, 57 years old, told Stoke-on-Trent . Live they devoted themselves to restoring the four bedroom property, but could not afford to buy it as it sits on a “much larger estate, worth millions”.

They have now been slapped with a “no fault” eviction notice after winning the 2019 battle to stay.

“We tried to fix it,” says Barbara. It’s completely derelict – no roof, you look up and there’s daylight.

“It’s your whole life, your safe place, and then being asked to go find another place and have the money to pay the moving costs and the deposit.

“It’s like an opening trap. I’m sick of anxiety.”

She added: “I am in this position because I have rented an unusual property. Long-term rentals are a problem.

“Who can live six months to six months?”

Barbara is a rare breeder breeder and cares for 17 of the 150 UK Caspian horses on land.

She added: “We are literally racing to extinction. These particular horses are thought to have been extinct for 1,700 years. “

Diglake Ranch is described as being located in 259 acres of “rolling grassland” and 31 acres of “mixed forest”.

It’s like an opening trap. I’m sick of worrying

Barbara Smathers

A sales brochure says it includes a four-bedroom farmhouse and
row of traditional buildings.

In Agricultural Labor Conditions, the occupants of the farm must be employed or last employed in agriculture.

The sale documents say: “The house is set in a good acreage with herb gardens, some small lawns and traditional buildings nearby.

“The inside of the property includes a central hallway, two reception rooms, a kitchen with utility and wc off and four double bedrooms complete with a family bathroom on the first floor.”

Barbara is a rare stallion breeder and takes care of 17 Caspian horses in the land

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Barbara is a rare stallion breeder and takes care of 17 Caspian horses in the landCredit: Richard Price
She said she was'sick of worrying' about being evicted from their home

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She said she was ‘sick of worrying’ about being evicted from their homeCredit: Richard Price

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Huynh Nguyen

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