The family of a man who was forced to leave his home in Northamptonshire for a life in the suburbs is hoping the experience will not be an obstacle to him settling down with a wife and children.
John’s wife, Mary, 59, and two children have left the property, which he bought in 2003, but he said he would remain in Northampton. “
It’s been my life since I was 18 and I know my kids and my mum and dad really well.”
John’s wife, Mary, 59, and two children have left the property, which he bought in 2003, but he said he would remain in Northampton.
“I would like to stay in Northantshire but I’m in the process of looking for a new home,” he said.
John’s daughter, Tracey, 28, who was a neighbour at the time, said she was also looking for another home.
She said: ‘It’s just been really hard, we just moved into a house and we haven’t been able to get a new one yet.
“We’ve just got to move on.”
John said he did not think he would be able to pay off the £7,000 mortgage with his own money and that he was worried about losing the house he had spent so many years living in.
“At first I thought I would be lucky and be able buy it for the price I paid, but I’ve just now realised that I’m not,” he told the BBC.
‘Worried about how it would go’ Mr John, who has lived in the same house for 20 years, said the situation was “just very sad”.
He said: “‘My mum and Dad are so supportive and have been supportive since the day I moved in.”
It’s not easy because I’ve always had to worry about how I’m going to pay it off, but it’s going to be a really tough time for me.
“My whole family are in and out of work, and they just want to be able have a home.”
He said he wanted to settle down with his family, and said: ”I just want a home that I can live in with my wife and kids, I’m a retired teacher.
The couple said they were in the middle of negotiating a new mortgage payment, and that the couple had already paid off the mortgage. “
But I don’t want to go and find another place.”
The couple said they were in the middle of negotiating a new mortgage payment, and that the couple had already paid off the mortgage.
‘It would have been a better option’ Mr Johnston said he was not worried about the house.
“For me it would have definitely been a worse situation for the mortgage, it would be a lot more expensive, it’s just not my cup of tea,” he added.
The BBC contacted Northampton City Council, which oversees the council estates, but did not receive a response by time of publication. “
The house I’ve lived in my whole life has been a wonderful place, it has a lovely garden, and we’ve got a nice house that’s been in our family for over 20 years.”
The BBC contacted Northampton City Council, which oversees the council estates, but did not receive a response by time of publication.
John said he hoped to find a new place for the family to live in Northamshire, and added: ”It’s going really well, we’ve just just had a couple of offers and we’re still going on and looking.
“The neighbours here are very supportive and very loving, and I’m looking forward to being able to find another home.”