Published: 00:01, 31 October 2016
A mum says she could be left thousands of pounds out of pocket after being forced from their home because of ghostly goings-on.
When Claire Lench’s family moved into the three-bedroom house earlier this month they thought they were starting a new chapter in their lives.
But Ms Lench, who says she was a sceptic, claims a series of unexplained phenomena at the Five Oak Green property left her and partner Stephen Samuel terrified.
She said: “It wasn’t until the second week that we started feeling very uncomfortable, as the atmosphere changes at night.
“Then we started hearing unexplained bangs, doors slamming, knocking on upstairs windows, candles flickering, drawings on the wall, unexplained cold spots in the house and the second bedroom is always cold and smells odd.
“We looked this up on the internet to find there are previous records of tenants
living there who experienced similar activity.”
The 31-year-old, of Whetsted Road, said the final straw came when she heard a growling sound in the hallway.
Ms Lench, who has a five-year-old son, Hayden, said: “I am the sort of person that I need to see it to believe it. I have always been a bit sceptical but what I have experienced means I believe in it now 100%.”
The family signed a 12-month lease for the property and paid a £3,000 deposit with agents Wood & Pilcher. If they want to move immediately, they could lose this and be forced to pay the full year’s rent.
Jackie Morris, managing director of Wood & Pilcher, said the firm had been managing the property since 2009 and the previous tenant of six years never reported anything unusual.
Mrs Lench first made her claims to the agent on October 13 and they have since left to stay with family.
The landlord has taken the unusual step of offering Ms Lench a chance to leave with two months notice.
A spokesman for the landlord said: “We just want to resolve this in the best way possible. We don’t want any bad feeling in any way.
“The tenants were offered an olive branch and we are trying to help but we are being met with closed doors which is quite unfair.”