A British man who has been fighting a bitter legal battle to keep his home in Belgium closed for three years over the cost of a food item says he’s “proud” of the decision, but said he’s not a fan of the “pissing me off” that has been directed at him since he bought the property from a family who have refused to move out.
In an article published in the New York Times on Thursday, James Rennie says that he is “not going to let this go” and hopes to have a new home soon.
“I want to be able to keep a roof over my head and have a normal life and a nice house,” he told the Times.
The article, titled “Why You Should Buy A Belgian Kitchen”, described how Renny, who lives in Belgium, had to buy a kitchen to make his own food.
But he says the process of finding the kitchen was frustrating, and he has since been battling a legal battle in Belgium over his right to keep the home.
He was initially allowed to keep all of his possessions in the home, including his bicycle, but that has since changed to say that he has to pay a fine of £20,000 (US$33,000) per day.
“It was a pretty bad experience for me,” he said.
“In order to get to the point where I could have a house, I had to spend a lot of money, a lot on legal fees, and a lot in court costs, and that was really difficult.”
He added that he feels like “a prisoner” and that he doesn’t know what he’ll do with the property when he moves in.
“This is a pretty sad situation for me and my family, and for the world as a whole,” he wrote.