Another case of the paranormal excuse. Australian woman claims house is haunted to lower the value. It didn’t work.
A VICTORIAN woman claimed her family home was haunted in a bid to keep the price tag low enough that she could keep it in a divorce settlement.
The wife, 52, told her husband, lawyers, a property valuer and a court a ghost had been seen at the property.
But she was happy to remain in the house and wanted the chance to keep it, while her estranged husband wanted it sold.
The wife, through her solicitors, wrote to the valuer saying it was “her belief that the property is haunted” and asking how this would impact on the property’s value.
However, the Federal Magistrate Stephen Scarlett ruled this haunted story was a blatant attempt to keep the price low so she didn’t have to pay as much in the settlement. A strange argument not many would have thought of.
She said many people knew of the ghost. Did the husband? It’s not clear.