Peter Grundy, who is aged 84, says he “cannot believe” his daughter is squatting in his apartment and he has tried everything to get her to leave.
But 49-year-old Katrina will not budge from the pad in Melbourne and does not pay rent, Peter tells A Current Affair.
The New South Wales man told the 9News current affairs show that Katrina has made his life a living hell.
Peter said: “I’m sure it has taken the bit of youth I had left in me.”
His wife Margaret died recently, and Peter wants to move from his countryside home in Denilliquin into a care home for the final years of his life. He is not entitled to a pension and needs the funds from a potential sale of his Melbourne apartment to afford the move and the costs of the care.
He has to pay up front for the retirement village but says Katrina placed a caveat on the apartment without him knowing, which stops him being able to sell it.
He told 9News: “Very clever and very clever in legal terms – and solicitors and the barrister said – she is someone I’ve never met the like of – she has an enormous capability to come up with things we never hear of.”
A judge has reportedly dismissed Katrina’s claim that her parents gifted her the apartment eight years ago.
Peter says he has now spent eight years and $70,000 pursuing the matter via various legal means, as well as calculating that he has lost almost $200,000 in rent and has paid for body corporate fees and rates.
Katrina claims her parents gifted her the Melbourne property eight years ago, a fantasy thrown out by a judge.
A Current Affair features property lawyer Justin Lawrence, from law firm Henderson and Ball, who says Peter has pursued every mechanism the law allows in the Australian state of Victoria.
Yet his daughter remains, something the lawyer says is an “injustice”.
“Yet she remains, and it seems every day she remains it’s another day of injustice for him.”
Katrina told A Current Affairs that she has contributed money but the show reports she did not provide any evidence.
A Current Affairs reports a warrant was issued three months ago for Katrina’s arrest but local police have not said when this will be executed.