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Mr Zomparelli bought his two bed flat from Islington Borough Council for £340,000 in 2014 under the Right to Buy scheme which allows council tenants to purchase their homes.
However, two years later the Council wrote to Mr Zomparelli admitting they accidentally undercharged him. The reason for this was that the Council carried out a "desktop" valuation of the flat which valued the flat at a one bed price. The full price for a two bed flat should have been £700,000 and Mr Zomparelli has now been told to pay the difference.
The Council is now threatening to issue legal proceedings to recover the shortfall. The justification given by the Council is that where a public body acts outside of their jurisdiction, their decision is void. The Council allege that Mr Zomparelli has been unjustly enriched by the mistake and that they have an obligation to recover this money.
However, Mr Zomparelli is fighting the claim, saying it was their mistake and he would not have bought the flat if he had known. He now faces a costly legal battle and is in a lose-lose situation. The fees alone will probably force him to sell and he cannot pay the difference in purchase price.