Homeowners threatened with £42-a-day fine for painting doors different colour

A housing estate in Bury could face daily fines of up to £42 after homeowners were threatened over changing the colour of their front doors.

Six properties on Hampstead Drive estate in Whitefield have been given two weeks to change their doors back to the original style and colour for face a penalty charge, which could result in a hefty figure of around £15,000 over a whole year.

One of the homes has simply changed the colour to sky blue but some others have all fitted brand new doors to their property.

Resident Frank Borson first learned about the penalties from an email from the property management company, who look after the estate, after changing his door from white to dark green.

Speaking to Manchester Evening News, He said: "To say the colour of someone's door is causing a nuisance is ridiculous.

"If it was in the rules then that's okay, but it's not.”

The email stated that all colours of front doors on the estate should remain as originally installed with the company citing the reason as being for “uniformity across the development”.

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It continued: "The green door would constitute a breach of the TP1 Transfer Document as this would be considered to be causing a nuisance."

The email lists the paragraph in which Mr Borson is alleged to have breached, based on causing a nuisance for other occupiers or fellow owners.

It states that homeowners cannot have work done on the property which may become a nuisance, disturbance or inconvenience to others.

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However, it does not specifically mention doors.

Mr Borson, a 79-year-old retired IT salesman, has now been given November 17 as a deadline or he will be hit with a £42 a day “administration charge”.

He has been a long-term resident on the estate, having spent over 18 years living in the property on Hampstead Drive.

Mr Borson is defiant over property management’s decision and says he has no plans to change the colour of his door.

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