A cancer-stricken pensioner has been unable to live in her house for two and a half years because a squatter has allegedly moved in and refuses to leave.
Julie Pearn has continued to pay her mortgage on the house but can’t get a cent of rent from alleged squatter Theresa Smith.
‘As far as she’s concerned, she’s got the rights… She tells me to get off her property, get out of her house,’ Ms Pearn told A Current Affair.
Ms Pearn says that Smith moved into the Deniliquin, New South Wales property in November 2016 without permission.
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Theresa Smith moved into the Deniliquin, New South Wales property with her kids in 2016. When confronted by Ms Pearn and the film crew, Smith (pictured) can be seen retreating into the house and shouting through the door, ‘take the camera crew with you and f*** off’
Footage of the property shows rubbish strewn about the yard, parts of the house damaged, and the garden neglected
Ms Pearn had been away visiting her sick father and rented the place out to a family friend, Nathan Atkinson in the meantime.
But when she returned, she learned Nathan had left and his sister Theresa had moved in with her children.
Since then, Ms Pearn claims she has tried to setup a formal rental agreement and even take Smith to Centrelink to sort out financial assistance but she refused.
Although she’s desperate to get her home back, Ms Pearn reveals she still pays for the Smith’s rates because of the children living in the home.
Smith has been served three eviction notices and has ignored all of them, according to ACA.
Ms Pearn has been forced to live in a motorhome nearby in Edward River as a result, and vows to stay there until she gets her house back.
She claims police have told her they can’t remove Smith without a court order.
Ms Pearn, who is suffering from skin cancer and heart-related health problems, believes the stress is worsening her conditions.
Julie Pearn (pictured) has still continued paying her mortgage on the house but can’t get a cent of rent from squatter Theresa Smith
She has taken her case to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal but has been held up by red tape as there is no formal rental contract.
Footage of the property shows rubbish strewn about the yard, parts of the house damaged, and the garden neglected.
When confronted by Ms Pearn and the film crew, Smith can be heard shouting through the door, ‘I’m gonna bash you, Julie, when I get my hands on ya.’
She then screams: ‘Take the camera crew with you and f**k off.’
‘Take em away, f**k you’re a liar. You’re a liar Julie, you’re a f**king liar.
Senior Policy Officer at the Tenancy Union of NSW, Leo Patterson Ross, told the program a person needs to be squatting at a property for 12 years before they can claim squatters rights.