Monday 20 November 2017

Our home's worthless - but we are still left paying a mortgage

Michael Healy from Erris, Co Mayo, is at his wit's end: his home (above and below) is suffering serious damage due to pyrite and he and his wife Catherine are working to pay off the mortgage on a house he says is now worth 'absolutely zero' Photo: Henry Wills
Michael Healy from Erris, Co Mayo, is at his wit's end: his home (above and below) is suffering serious damage due to pyrite and he and his wife Catherine are working to pay off the mortgage on a house he says is now worth 'absolutely zero' Photo: Henry Wills
Michael Healy's home is suffering damage due to pyrite
An interior view of Michael Healy's home Photo: Henry Wills
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A Mayo family whose home is crumbling due to pyrite were forced to leave the house after it was condemned.

Michael Healy, from Erris, said his family had been left with no option but to move out of their home after part of the wall began to collapse.

"This is like a cancer, it keeps getting worse and worse and we can do nothing to stop it. The blocks are like Weetabix.

"The corner has now fallen off my house. It has been condemned and we have to move out," he said.

The businessman said the situation had deteriorated to such an extent that he feared the roof would cave in.

Mr Healy also criticised the delays in setting up the review group, adding: "The group was set up in November and the report is meant to be in by the end of May, but we haven't heard a thing from them. We have no support."

Michael and his wife Catherine bought the house in 2001 after moving home from England.

They must now move in with a relative in the short term but say they have no idea what they will do in the long term.

"The house is worth absolutely zero now and we're still paying the mortgage. We're working to pay off the mortgage and it's all for nothing. We should have stayed in England," said Mr Healy.

Mr Healy estimates he has spent over €3,000 having the blocks tested for pyrite and trying to fill the continuous cracks.

Irish Independent

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