Noel and Liam Gallagher’s estranged dad has revealed that he could be left homeless after becoming the victim of an alleged property “fraud”.
Tommy Gallagher, 77, could lose his rockstar sons’ childhood home in Burnage, Manchester.
While a judge ruled that Mr Gallagher had likely been a victim of fraud, based on the balance of probabilities, the sale of the property was allowed to continue, the Manchester Evening News has reported.
Mr Gallagher, who has been estranged from his sons for decades, is planning to appeal the decision.
Quizzed on what he would say to Noel and Liam is he could make them aware of what was happening, he said: “It will upset them.
“I’m sure their stomach will churn when they find out what’s happening.
“If they want to come and buy the house, they can come and buy the house.”
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After his mortgage deal expired, the rockstars’ dad had to face his home being repossessed as he had £27,000 outstanding, which he was unable to pay.
Mr Gallagher sold his home in 2017, after which he launched civil proceedings and claimed in court that Thomas Keenan, said to be a childhood friend of Noel’s, had said that his brother Ricky might have been able to buy the house for him.
He went on to claim that it was agreed that he would be able to live in the property rent-free for the rest of his life.
But it is claimed he actually signed papers agreeing to pay £650-a-month in rent – which he denied.
The home was sold in January 2017 and is now owned by Hanna Property Company Ltd.
In his findings, Judge Colin Green said the house was sold as part of an ‘elaborate scheme’, in which Ricky Keenan ‘represented’ that Hanna Property was his company and assured Mr Gallagher he could live there rent-free and would be paid further sums of money over the following year.
In fact, Mr Keenan wasn’t connected to Hanna and shared a £56,000 ‘finder’s fee’ following the sale.
The judge’s ruling says Ricky Keenan ‘misrepresented matters’ to Hanna by saying he and another man were ‘entitled to £56,000 of the £86,000 agreed for the sale, by way of an agency fee or commission and discharge of an unspecified debt said to be due from Mr Gallagher to Ricky’.
The judge’s ruling read: “Although I have made a finding of fraud committed against Mr Gallagher, I have also found that this was not carried out by or on behalf of Hanna.
“In consequence, the transfer of the property by Mr Gallagher to Hanna was not void or voidable.”
The finding of fraud was to the civil standard – on the balance of probabilities – not the criminal standard – beyond a reasonable doubt.
The judge adds in the ruling: “I accept the accounts given by Mr Gallagher… that Ricky represented that Hanna was his company, and that he gave various assurances to Mr Gallagher concerning not seeking payment of rent and that there would be payment by Hanna of additional monies over the following year.
“I find that Mr Gallagher relied on these assurances, but that Ricky had no intention of paying any money to him.”
The court heard Mr Gallagher believed the house might have ‘possible celebrity value’ due to the brothers having been ‘born and raised’ there.
He is still living in the home and doesn’t know when he might be evicted.
Mr Gallagher, a former builder and pub DJ, is considering moving back to his childhood home in the village of Duleek, in County Meath in Ireland, but says coronavirus restrictions make that difficult.
In the meantime, he says he’s living under a cloud of uncertainty.
He said: “It’s like hanging on a rope, waiting for someone to let it go.
“It feels like I’m drowning every minute. I’ve never had a feeling like this before in my life.
“I worked hard on that house. I would come home from a hard day’s work and I’d jump up a ladder to fix the roof. I never stopped.
“It’s terrible. I don’t like talking to people I know about it.
“It’s okay talking to a stranger, but talking to someone I know, it’s very difficult because of all the memories.”