A pensioner who is dying from terminal cancer has slammed his London barrister landlord for trying to evict him from his home of 12 years.
David Firth has lived in a cottage in a picturesque rural Scottish village for over a decade.
When it became clear he would not beat the prostate cancer he has been battling since 1994, he had hoped to end his days in his familiar home.
But Tristan Chaize, the barrister who owns the cottage, gave him notice to quit by January 25.
The move came as a total blow to Firth, the Paisley Daily Express reported.
“My cancer is terminal and there’s no way I can escape it,” the crestfallen tenant said.
“I have been a good tenant and never missed a payment. I can’t believe they are doing this to me after almost 12 years.
“Tristan told me to leave the keys on the billiard table, read the meter and leave a forwarding address.
“I am fighting two battles when I should be fighting one.”
Chaize’s actions are perfectly legal, as Firth had been renting from him on a rolling two-month short-assured tenancy.
The barrister wants to sell the cottage as a vacant property rather than handing on the tenancy to the new owner.
A letter from the landlord’s agent to Firth’s lawyer stated: “The initial purchase had hoped to honour Mr Firth’s tenancy as he did not require vacant possession but the circumstances of sale changed and that is not going to be possible.”
Firth’s brother John, a former dairy farmer who now lives nearby, said the stalemate had “affected David’s health terribly”.
“I know he’s going to go soon but this will finish him.”
Chaize’s decision has especially upset Firth because he had often assisted his landlord’s mother who lived next door.
He said: “I liked Mrs Chaize, she was a real character.
“I was number one on her care call system. I picked her up off the floor umpteen times.
“During the March big snow a few years back she had no heating.
“So I took her into my house for four days. Next day Tristan came to the door and said ‘I have come to compensate you for looking after my mother’.
“I said ‘I don’t want your money, put it away.’”
Chaize, his agents’ letter claims, offered to buy a nearby property for Firth to rent instead.
The letter also alleges Firth told Chaize “point blank” he would be not be moving.
But Firth said: “I never refused to move. All I asked for was a little more time to find a place near John.
“Every word I am telling you is the truth.”
Firth first learned he had prostate cancer in 1994. In April last year a bone scan showed the disease had spread to his skull, spine, shoulders, ribs and pelvis.
“That last diagnosis was quite a shock,” he said. “The cancer is everywhere. There is no cure.
“Every waking moment of my life that’s at the back of my mind.”
Neither Chaize nor his agents responded to requests for a comment.