TaxPersonal TaxBaker Tilly sells ‘house of horror’

Baker Tilly sells 'house of horror'

The 'house of horror' belonging to Michael Barrymore where 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock was found dead in the swimming pool is set to be sold by Baker Tilly at a knock-down price.

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Louise Brittain, who was appointed trustee in bankruptcy to the entertainer earlier this year, said an offer of £870,000 had been accepted for the Roydon property.

Associations with the death at a party thrown by Barrymore in 2001 have lingered on and are thought to have contributed to the price falling from £1.2m. In October Lubbock’s father called on what he described as a ‘house of horror’ to be ‘bulldozed to the ground’.

Meanwhile, Barrymore was due to receive a nasty surprise this week after Baker Tilly sent an agent to knock on the door of the former Strike It Lucky star’s home in Auckland, New Zealand. Accountancy Age understands that he has decorated the property with art deco furniture shipped from the UK – valued at £300,000.

The trustees are seekinng to realise up to £100,000 from the items, but believe they will raise more if the furniture is brought back to the UK which they intend to do if Barrymore does not come up with an offer.

The law allows bankrupts to hang on to household contents, but the right does not extend to high-value items. The trustees are also belived to be intrested in Barrymore’s Rolex watch, thought to be worth £10,000.

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