EXCLUSIVE: By Rob Horgan
AN expat landlord has held an unprecedented one-man protest against a tenant who hasn’t paid rent for two years.
David Lomas, 66, took to the streets over €10,000 in unpaid rent at the home in Campilllos.
Followed by his four children – aged between six and 12 – Lomas marched from the three-bedroom property to the town hall to ‘demand justice’.
Lomas, from Middlesbrough, is at the end of his tether after the Spanish tenant started ‘breeding hundreds of birds’ at the home.
The pair have been involved in a legal tussle since the local man stopped paying rent in December 2012.
Despite filing denuncias and enlisting help from a lawyer a court date is still forthcoming. A provisional date set for April was postponed after the Spaniard appealed.
Builder Lomas, who lives in the town, said: “The point of the protest is to embarrass him. It is peaceful and is as much against the town hall, which has been totally unhelpful.
“I don’t think I will ever see the money he owes me, all I want now is to have my house back so I have something to give my kids when they grow up.”
The former Merchant Navy sailor insists his family has been ‘ripped apart’ by the ongoing situation but said he will not roll over.
“My wife and I have separated because of it and the stress has been unbearable. The whole situation is heart-breaking for everyone involved,” he said.
“He thinks I am just going to give in and go away so that he can claim the house for himself. That will never happen, I will never give in.”
When confronted at the property, the Spanish tenant confirmed that he sells birds but refused to comment further.