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Landlord's change of heart over Farndale homes
FARNDALE tenants are celebrating after eight learnt they can stay in their homes following a change of heart from the landlords who were planning to sell their properties.
The dale’s popular Daffy Caffy has been saved after owners Peter and David Barratt, heirs to Sir Lawrie Barratt’s Farndale Estate, previously announced they were selling the property and gave tenant George Loggie and his family notice to leave.
Now the Barratts have reversed that decision and told George and seven other residents their homes will not be put on the market, agents Strutt and Parker have confirmed.
George said he is thrilled, and he looked forward to welcoming visitors to his cafe in the picturesque dale.
With some tenants in the process of buying their homes from the estate, the new desicion leaves four rented properties still to be sold along with three empty properties.
The Barratts announced their plans to sell many of their properties in Farndale in a series of letters to tenants, with some given just two months to leave. They said the sales were neccessary to meet inheritance tax bills after the death of their father, housebuilding millionnaire Sir Lawrie Barratt, in December last year.
Strutt and Parker confirmed they were no longer marketing some homes they had previously suggested would be marketed, and said the decision had been taken “following consultation”.