A Carlisle man has just discovered that for the past six years he has been living in one flat while really owning the one next door.
The error has resulted in a series of legal challenges as he tries to sell the property.
Mr Chris Meyer realised the major mistake after attempting to sell the three-bedroom flat on Willow Holme Road in Carlisle. The solicitor for the would-be buyer contacted him to advise that there was a serious problem.
As it turns out, Mr Meyer and his next-door neighbours are not the only ones in this predicament. Out of the fifteen people living in the building, 10 of them are now facing the same dilemma.
Mr Meyer said that he lived in flat number 8 because he assumed that was the unit he had bought. Land Registry documents, however, show that he actually owns number 9. The legal owner of his own flat was the neighbour in number 7.
He confirmed that 10 owners in total were affected by the mix-up.
“It’s a complete mess,” he said, adding that the buyer withdrew their offer.