An elderly man claims he has spent almost a decade and $70,000 trying to evict his daughter from his apartment so he can sell the property and move into a nursing home.
Katrina Grundy, 49, has allegedly been squatting rent-free in her father Peter’s Melbourne apartment for eight years.
After his wife died a year ago, Mr Grundy, 84, tried to move into a care home in his home town of Denilliquin, in regional New South Wales.
A desperate elderly man has spent almost a decade and $70,000 trying to evict his daughter from his apartment so he can sell it and move into a nursing home
But to afford the nursing home fees, Mr Grundy needs to sell the city unit that Katrina refuses to move out of.
‘I just can’t believe this is happening. I’m sure it has taken the bit of youth I had left in me,’ Mr Grundy told A Current Affair.
‘I’ve got to pay up front in a retirement village more than I’d get for this house… I’m not entitled to a pension.’
In a bid to stop her father from selling the apartment, Katrina placed a caveat on the unit without his knowledge.
‘It’s incredible that anyone who’s got a persuasive manner can do that,’ Mr Grundy said.
But Katrina claims her parents gave her the unit eight years ago, and insisted she and her father ‘don’t have a problem’
‘Very clever and very clever in legal terms – and solicitors and the barrister said – she is someone I’ve never met the like of.
‘She has an enormous capability to come up with things we never hear of.’
But Katrina claims her parents gave her the unit eight years ago, and insisted she and her father ‘don’t have a problem’.
‘I think you’ve got the wrong story,’ she said when confronted by A Current Affair.
Mr Grundy has gone down every legal avenue possible to try and evict her to no avail.
The retiree has spent more than $70,000 in legal fees in the process.
‘The state of Victoria has no other mechanism available to Peter to get her out – he’s followed through on everything he can do,’ property lawyer Justin Lawrence said.
‘Yet she remains, and it seems every day she remains it’s another day of injustice for him.’
Katrina Grundy, 49, has been squatting rent-free in her father Peter’s Melbourne apartment (pictured) for eight years
Mr Grundy said he’s also lost about $200,000 in rent on top of paying for body corporate fees and rates.
Katrina claims she gave her father money towards rent and bills, but couldn’t provide any evidence.
Police have taken an AVO out against her to protect Mr Grundy from being abused.
Katrina didn’t go to her mother Margaret’s funeral 18 months ago.