‘I came home to find my house was To Let’

Coun Andrew Halewood with the "To Let" sign he returned home to find outside his Mytholmroyd address
Coun Andrew Halewood with the "To Let" sign he returned home to find outside his Mytholmroyd address

A Mytholmroyd resident returned from visiting a friend’s house to find a “To Let” sign stuck up outside his house.

Andrew Halewood was only gone from his home at Cleveley Gardens for a couple of hours but got the shock of his life when he returned on the afternoon of September 2.

Councilor Halewood became angry with the locally based lettings company claiming it was not removed quickly.

It caused upset to his ten-year-old son who has learning difficulties and was left “absolutely distraught” at the thought he might be leaving his home, said Coun Halewood.

The family were distressed when they had to fend off a number of inquiries about the house’s availability - three or four inquiries in a day and another while Coun Halewood, who is a Hebden Royd Town Councillor, was on the telephone to the Hebden Bridge Times.

“My son immediately burst into tears and was in a state of distress, saying ‘daddy, are we moving?’ I had to console him.

“I immediately phoned to letting company, J. and M. Estates Ltd - on three occasions the line cut out and the fourth time I asked them to remove it within an hour - it was still there at 9.15am the following morning. I did shout at them because I was so distressed by it all and a day later it was still there. We had three or four inquiries within a day,” he said.

Coun Halewood owns his own home and his house number is not similar to the property the sign should have been placed next to on the opposite side of the street.

Coun Halewood said that house which was to let’s owner, Mr Miles Laprell of the Hinchliffe Arms, immediately came round to apologise to him as soon as the issue was raised and this was very much appreciated.

It is understood that the board had been placed by a signage company used by J. and M. Estates and when notified of the error they had asked the company to move it.

The company said they did not wish to make a comment .