A woman has accused a housing association of saddling her late mother’s estate with a £25,000-plus debt that is growing by more than £1,000 a month. When Penny Ashcroft’s mother Lois Plowman died of cancer aged 69 in 2018, she owned a 25% share of a shared ownership flat in London – all she had to leave to her children. Plowman, a retired NHS radiographer, had been convinced shared ownership was a good investment. But, says Ashcroft, she would be horrified if she had known what a huge headache she had effectively bequeathed to her daughter, involving vast numbers of emails and phone calls, an ever-increasing debt and threats of repossession. She says that what her mother did not know was that after her death, her housing association landlord would effectively leave her with a five-figure debt. “My poor mum would be howling in her grave,” says Ashcroft. She says restrictions on the lease have made selling the flat extremely difficult, and she has not been allowed to sublet it. More than two years on, the flat remains unsold, despite the price being cut. “I’ve accepted a new offer, the fourth since we began marketing it. Even if this one… Read full this story
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