Supreme Court to hear house row

A BOAMBEE pensioner couple fighting to reclaim their home following a dispute with its purchaser have been granted a fast-track hearing by the Supreme Court.

Jozsef Pall and Rosalie Papp’s case was listed as an urgent matter for hearing in the Supreme Court yesterday and Chief Justice Bergin said the matter warranted expedition.

It has now been listed for final hearing on July 22 and 23.

The couple is asking for possession of their home at 142 Ayrshire Park Drive, damages, rent and costs.

In May 2009, the pensioners, aged 65 and 73, agreed to sell their home to Toormina businessman Theo Sourlos as trustee for the Sourlos Family Trust. They accepted a $25,000 down payment on the $620,000 sale and agreed to a six month-settlement period, during which time Mr Sourlos would move in, pay weekly rent and settle the balance of the purchase price on the 8000sq m property, house and cottage.

That settlement period ended in November without Mr Sourlos paying the $595,000 he owes but with him remaining in occupation of the property. The couple say they have received no rent since November.

Mr Pall and Ms Papp have spent weeks sleeping in their car and spending days in a storage unit with their furniture as they try to reclaim their house.

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