View more on these topics

MPLC stalls latest Von Daniken appeal bid

Samantha Von Daniken, the homeless mother of three forced to live in her Mercedes 230 after the house she was living in was repossessed by Mortgages PLC, claims the sub-prime lender adjourned her appeal on the repossession last week without her knowledge.

Her appeal was due to take place on Friday June 18 at Norwich County Court but it has now been adjourned until this Thursday.

Von Daniken is now living in a bed and breakfast with two of her children but her solicitor, the highly respected Ahmad Butt from the Mary Ward Legal Centre, says MPLC told the court it had received her consent for the adjournment al-though she is insistent it did nothing of the sort.

She tells Mortgage Strategy: “MPLC told the court I had agreed to the adjournment. I had not. While I&#39m waiting for the appeal MPLC could sell the house.”

Von Daniken says if MPLC would agree, her broker could progress a remortgage deal with another lender. Von Daniken says she has the £546,000 available to clear her debt which she claims was built up as a result of her being defrauded by her former partner Simon Clive who she claims signed the house over to his name.

Clive&#39s solicitor says he denies the fraud but that he is happy to sign over the house but that requires MPLC&#39s consent.

Butt says: “As she has everything in place I cannot see why MPLC will not agree to this.”

Von Daniken adds: “MPLC sales and marketing director Peter Beaumont said in a quote which has been in the national press that &#39MPLC will only make an application to repossess a property when we believe all other viable options have been exhausted&#39. This statement was misleading. MPLC has not looked at all the options and it has not acknowledged my equitable right or my right to transfer.”

MPLC&#39s solicitors, Jeffrey Green Russell, refused to comment when contacted by Mortgage Strategy for “data protection reasons”.

Beaumont was contacted by Mortgage Strategy last Thursday and Friday but did not return calls.


Elephant Loans appoints BDM

Elephant Loans has appointed Mike Parker to the newly-created post of business development manager. Parker takes up the position 16 months after joining the company as sales manager within the secured lending division. In his new role Parker will be directly responsible for the management of Elephant Loan&#39s broker services, providing professional introducers with a […]

RICS seeks third way on insurance regulation

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors is seeking an alternative to Financial Services Authority regulation of all firms arranging insurance services in the property and construction sector. It is talking to the government about taking on the role of regulator for the thousands of chartered surveyors who provide insurance for their clients. RICS chief executive […]

Lifeboat goes live with Momentum software system

Lifeboat Financial Group has launched its advanced software system Momentum to its new mortgage network, Lifeboat Mortgage Solutions. All members of the network will use the Momentum Sales system provided to them by Crystal Software Solutions. The system supports the complete sales process including fact-finds, illustrations, recommendations, applications, electronic submission and case tracking. The system […]

Tennis star serves an ace at Derbyshire-sponsored festival

Rising British men&#39s tennis star Jonathan Marray took time out from his busy schedule at the Nottingham Open last week to help coach youngsters at the Derbyshire Building Society-sponsored Festival of Tennis. The 23-year-old, who is ranked 4th in the UK, took part in a number of coaching sessions with children, aged 6-11 years, from […]


News and expert analysis straight to your inbox

Sign up