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Scottish footballer owed £42k in rent arrears from rogue tenants

Scottish footballer owed £42k in rent arrears from rogue tenants

Rangers striker Shota Arveladze has won a long legal battle to evict tenants who fell £42k behind on rent payments.

The Daily Record tells how Arveladze has spent three years trying to evict David MacFarlane and his wife Catriona from his luxury five-bedroom home in Newton Mearns in East Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Shota’s lawyer Jim Bauld said the couple had run up more than £42,000 of rent arrears. Shota won a judgment against the pair last year but they dragged the case out by lodging an appeal and continuing to live in the house rent-free.

They lost the appeal in June but demanded to have their case heard at Scotland’s highest civil court, the Court of Session. However Sheriff Principal Bruce Kerr QC at Paisley Sheriff Court this week told them they had reached “the end of the line” and the case did not provide “a question of law of sufficient national importance to justify the attention of three judges at the Court of Session”.

MacFarlane argued that the eviction notice served on his family was wrong because it didn’t include the name of his son Christian, 22.

Bauld poured scorn on the claims and said the couple’s latest legal challenge was “almost an abuse of process” and that MacFarlane was “living rent-free in a property and using legal process to continue that.”

The MacFarlanes now have until mid-August to leave the property. According to the Daily Record, a letting agent allowed them to move into Shota’s property despite them both being former bankrupts and having been evicted from another house.