Help us keep our house and our family.
Proud: I'm not proud to ask for this kind of help. As a man, a father and a husband, I just want to take care of my family. But unfortunately, due to a wrong business estimate, we are now facing bankruptcy. My wife and I have two wonderful children. A son of 15 years old and a daughter of 12 years old. We live in The Hague in The Netherlands. We are a tight and hardworking family but by all this we were about to divorce. Unfortunately by all the hustle and the stress. I have been away from home for 4 months and I lived with my parents for a while. Fortunately we did overcome this and we are back together as a family again. But I have to admit now that I really need help...
This is our story: Together with a good friend, I had a starting company where we mediated in hiring office space for small businesses. The property was owned by a large real estate company and the company gave us a basic contract. In three years we have filled the property with more than 30 tenants and we have offered the tenants additional services such as IT, cleaning etc. This required additional arrangements with the real estate company. These arrangements have been made with our contact person. Our biggest mistake has been our naivety by not putting all additional agreements on paper. We relied on the excellent relationship we had with the real estate company. After all, we've managed to get 30 tenants in a property that has been vacant for a long time.
Our contact person left the property company suddenly and we were faced with a new person who saw money in the way we did the business and she wanted to do this within the real estate company. We could of course not allow this because it was our business model. We have tried to close a deal. But suddenly we were charged for illegal renting out office spaces, for fraud and for enrichment. This is because they found out that the additional agreements were not on paper.
Because we only had the basic contract, the court didn't have a choice and assign a part of the charge to the real estate company with a amount of 70000 Euro. The judge did noticed that she believed our story and the judge also gave the other party the opportunity to drop the lawsuit because we do not have any money. Unfortunately, the counterparty held her position and because we did not have the money for a long trial with a lawyer, we could not appeal.
The situation now: For a year we have tried to settle with the real estate company, but in vain. In the meanwhile, we are paying a small amount per month to show our good will. Now 1 year later, the real estate company will file for bankruptcy, which will result in selling everything like our house by auction. If this happens we lose everything and be put on the street. Also the question is how our family and our marriage will stand after this. My old business partner has become ill because of a enormous psychic breakdown because all of this and is unable to work or handle problems. He is also married and has a 16-year-old son.
This is what we need: We need 50000 Euro to settle the bankruptcy and to pay all legal costs. This helpes my family to look forward to the future positively and offer our children a future. It's a lot of money but honestly we are happy with everything. Each penny will help us and bring a settlement or solution closer.
We are all thankful forever for any kind of help!!!
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Note: The picture is not a real picture of us because I don't want my family be on the internet like this.