Andy Murray 'Evicts' Tenants- Daily Mail Newspaper- Exclusive Front Page Story- ***February 2014***

Tenants who are facing 'eviction' by tennis star Andy Murray contacted us in a bid to raise the profile of their plight.

Murray has bought a hotel in his home town of Dunblane and as part of theredvelopment plans residents in the four cottages behind the building have been given two months to leave.

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Families' plea to Andy Murray as they're evicted to make way for his hotel just minutes from Wimbledon champion's hometown of Dunblane

  • Families near the Cromlix in Perthshire have just two months to leave
  • They are being 'evicted' to provide living quarters for hotel staff
  • Comes despite claims he would employ people from the community 
  • Wimbledon champion bought the Victorian mansion a year ago for £1.8m
  • Laura Campbell, 21, has lived there for eight months with two children 

It may not have opened for business yet, but Andy Murray’s luxury hotel is already serving up controversy.

Families living next to the Victorian mansion are being ‘evicted’ to provide living quarters for hotel staff.

A deal struck between the tennis star and the owner of four cottages near the five-star Cromlix House means the tenants have just two months to leave.

Notice to quit has been served by Henry and Edward Eden, previous owners of the hotel, which the Wimbledon champion bought a year ago for £1.8million.

However, Murray is understood to be aware of the arrangement, which tenants were first told of six months ago.

Last night families in The Square, Cromlix, appealed to the 26-year-old sportsman and the management group which will run his hotel to let them stay.

Laura Campbell, 21, has lived there for eight months with partner Grant Skinner, a chef, their children Leah, two, and seven-month-old Kieran, and five dogs.

She said: ‘I’ve supported Andy Murray all the way. Everyone knows he’s the local hero, but I’ve lost all respect for him now. He is making people homeless.'

The US Open and Olympic champion bought the hotel minutes from his hometown of Dunblane, Stirlingshire, last February, three years after his brother Jamie got married there.

 On the hotel website, he is quoted as saying: ‘We will be able to attract new visitors to the area, create a number of new jobs and focus on supporting other local businesses.’ However, families in the cottages have questioned why they are needed as staff accommodation if, as promised, staff will come from the local area.

A spokesman for hotel management company ICMI said ‘specialist staff’ needed to be brought in from elsewhere and could not reach the site by public transport.

Henry and Edward Eden said the eviction was ‘completely within the terms of [the families’] short-term tenant agreements’, adding: ‘The occupants of the cottages were on short-term leases renewed every month.’

 
Luxury: An exterior view of the Cromlix House Hotel which the Wimbledon Champion bought for £1.8million a year ago

Luxury: An exterior view of the Cromlix House Hotel which the Wimbledon Champion bought for £1.8million a year ago

 The eviction date falls a week after the restored Cromlix House opens on April 1. Its ten rooms and five suites are already fully booked for September’s Ryder Cup.

Kathleen Brown, 29, who has multiple sclerosis, moved to The Square eight months ago with nine-year-old daughter Holly to be close to her family after splitting up with her partner.

She said: ‘From day one we were told that if the Murrays bought The Square then our tenancies would remain and everything would stay the same except the Murrays would be our landlord.’

A spokesman for Murray refused to comment yesterday.



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