Norma Gibbons, a pensioner, who signed over her home to her daughter, Dawn ‘for inheritance tax reasons’ is now defending a claim for possession at the Central London County Court after a family feud.
The pair live in upstairs and downstairs flats worth a combined £1.4million in a converted house in south London.
Norma is arguing that she would not have signed over the flat if she thought her daughter would evict her.
Dawn told the court that she had severed ties with Norma because she ‘shouted’ at her young daughter and that the row had spiralled into a full relationship breakdown and a series of court cases.
Dawn had complained about banging noises from the flat above and had brought court proceedings to try to force her mother to let builders in to repair a leak which she says is damaging the electrics in her £800,000 downstairs apartment.
Dawn further claims her mum has repeatedly refused to allow people into the £600,000 flat upstairs to investigate problems, ignoring court orders demanding that she allow access for repairs to take place.
The judge gave directions for a trial of the possession claim and said that, in the meantime, Norma must allow her daughter access to investigate what repairs might be needed.
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