Anger after belongings locked in empty house

Garnett Watson outside his old home in St Edward's Road, Gosport Picture: Allan Hutchings (151278-354)

Garnett Watson outside his old home in St Edward's Road, Gosport Picture: Allan Hutchings (151278-354)

  • Garnett Watson is angry with estate agent after they refused to let him collect his furniture following eviction
  • Mr Watson had to leave home after landlord failed to pay mortgage
  • He was given just 24-hours to leave Gosport home
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A NAVY veteran has been left without important medication and all his furniture after being evicted from his house.

Garnett Watson was given just 24 hours to leave the property after, he thinks, his landlord failed to pay the mortgage.

All I need is a couple of days to get everything out

Garnett Watson

In the rush to find somewhere new to live, the 59-year-old was only able to grab a few clothes and some kitchen appliances, leaving his bed, work clothes, sofa and the rest of his furniture in the house.

But he says he has been told by estate agent Mann Countrywide that he is not allowed back in the property to collect the rest of his furniture.

That includes important letters like repeat prescription and hospital letters.

The former Royal Navy serviceman suffers with a heart murmur, high blood pressure and recently suffered an embolism.

He said: ‘Mann Countrywide told me that I can’t go in the property because I am no longer a tenant.

‘I lived there for seven years but they are ignoring that.

‘I am being punished because the landlord failed to pay his mortgage.

‘They gave me just 24 hours to get out which was not enough time. Since all this happened, I have been spending my time going between the hospital and Gosport Citizen Advice Bureau.

‘All I need is a couple of days to get everything out.’

A notice on the house, in St Edwards Road, in Gosport, says access can be given with 24 hours’ notice.

But Mr Watson has been trying for two weeks.

‘A notice on the door says you can get in if you call them,’ he said.

‘But when I have tried, I have been told “no”.’

Mr Watson said the furniture inside the house is worth about £8,000.

‘I have a lot of stuff in there,’ he said.

‘I was living there for seven years and over that time, you accumulate a lot of items.

‘As well as all the usual furniture like my bed and sofa and drawers, I also have collectable items which are worth quite a bit.’

Mann Countrywide did not respond when contacted by The News.

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