Sunday, 25 November 2012

England Star Lampard Evicts His Children's 100-Year-Old Great-Granny From £200-A-week Flat

Footballer Frank Lampard has launched a legal bid to evict his children’s 100-year-old great-grandmother from her home.

The Chelsea and England midfielder has given Teresa Canete – the grandmother of his former fiancee Elen Rivas – notice that she has just days to move out of a four-bedroom flat in Barcelona that he bought for her in 2008.

A letter, written on headed paper from Spanish law firm Olivella Abogados, was delivered to Ms Canete on November 15.

It reads: ‘Dear Madam, I am sending this present letter on behalf of my client Frank Lampard to inform you that he has the intention of recovering immediately the property he owns and which you currently occupy with no formal rights.

‘For the aforementioned reasons he requires that at the end of 15 days, counting from the present day, 15 November 2012, you proceed to leave the dwelling.

‘Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you require any clarification in respect of this.’

Last night the star and Ms Rivas, the mother of his two young daughters, were at loggerheads over the matter. The Spanish lingerie model, 37, who was part-raised by her grandmother after her own parents split up, accused Lampard of ‘disgraceful’ behaviour.

In turn, he said Ms Rivas had declined his offers to sell her the property at below market value.

Spanish property records show that the £290,000 flat, on the third floor of an eight-storey block in the city centre, was bought with a £181,000 mortgage in May 2008. At the time, the Chelsea star was still engaged to Ms Rivas.

The couple ended their seven-year relationship later that year, and the £150,000-a-week star allowed Ms Canete to remain in her home.

Two years later Lampard, who is now engaged to TV presenter Christine Bleakley, 33, announced his intention to put the apartment – which has a rental value of £800 a month – on the market.

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