Council steps in to stop woman raffling £1.3m house

A LONDON borough has stepped in to prevent a woman from raffling her home, saying it would potentially breach gambling laws.

Renu Qadri made national headlines when she set up a website selling raffle tickets for the £1.3m property in Blackheath for £5 a go.

She bought the five-bedroom house three years ago under the Right to Buy scheme for around £360,000.

Ms Qadri said the property is simply too big now four of her five children have moved out and she is struggling to pay the mortgage because she suffers from the skin condition psoriasis, which makes it difficult to work.

"After talking to many estate agents and quick buy companies, we believe it is in our best interest to take the sale of our property into our own hands, whilst offering someone else the opportunity to own and enjoy the property as their own," she said.

But the raffle has now been halted after the Royal Borough of Greenwich warned it could potentially breach the Gambling Act 2005.

Ms Qadri's website now carries a statement saying the raffle has been cancelled with immediate effect and PayPal will refund those who have bought tickets.

"We are working with the local council and Gambling Commission to get the raffle reinstated," it adds.

A council spokesperson told LGE: "The Royal Borough of Greenwich welcomes the withdrawal of this raffle after our alerting the resident to possible contravention of the Gambling Act 2005."