Martin Roberts recalls ‘horror’ as couple couldn’t find new home on Homes Under the Hammer

Martin Roberts discusses couple buying property without driveway

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Martin Roberts, 57, recently spoke to comedian Mo Gilligan about his much-loved series Homes Under the Hammer. During the chat posted on Mo’s YouTube channel, the property presenter spoke about a “horror” moment on the show, when a couple could not locate the house they had just bought.

Martin has hosted Homes Under the Hammer since it first began in 2003.

Over that time, the show has followed many people successfully buying and renovating properties at auction.

However, not every story has been straight-forward as Martin revealed in his chat with Mo.

When asked if he had any “horror stories” from the show, he opened up about one couple who bought their property blind.

Then when they went to find it, they couldn’t locate it or even access it.

He explained: “There was one couple who bought this house and they thought they knew where it was.

“They bought blind so they hadn’t seen it.

“They turned up where they thought that house that they bought was – and it wasn’t there.

“They ended up driving around the area going, ‘Where’s the house we bought?’”

Martin then explained how the couple went to the post office to see if they knew where the home actually was.

He continued: “They drove five miles from where they thought it was and they found their house but it had a driveway leading to it, which they didn’t have right of access over.

“So you’ve got a house with no way of getting to it other than via helicopter so effectively you couldn’t get to it.

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“You had no right of access to that property legally.”

Martin then added how the couple eventually got around the issue.

He said: “They paid £60,000 for something which effectively was worthless unless they could work out a deal with the neighbour who owned the driveway and I think in the end they did.”

The property presenter then reiterated this is why he always urges people to both see the property and read the legal pack.

During their conversation, Martin also spoke about how the popularity of the daytime show has grown during lockdown.

He explained: “Well I think people have been at home at a time of day when they normally would be working.

“And I suppose they think ‘oh god, I’m so cheesed off, I’m just going to watch a bit of telly for some light relief.’

“And then they discover Homes Under the Hammer.”

Homes Under the Hammer airs daily at 10am on BBC One.

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