7 Dec 2010

Crafar fails to get eviction notice struck out

8:19 pm on 7 December 2010

Former large-scale dairy farmer Alan Crafar has failed in an attempt to have an eviction notice thrown out in the High Court.

The judge in Rotorua told Mr Crafar more evidence was needed about a $1 a year lifetime lease he granted himself.

Associate Judge Anthony Christiansen said even if the lease documents were valid there were still questions about whether it was appropriate for Mr Crafar to benefit from them.

He told Mr Crafar there would be inquiries about whether he had the legal authority to sign the leases as both a company director and a tenant.

Forensic checks on a printer showed it wasn't the one that produced the document and tests on the paperwork's legitimacy were inconclusive.

Mr Crafar say the agreements were made in 2006 and the original printer has since been thrown away.

The receivers have a fortnight to file a fresh eviction notice, which they say they will do before Christmas.

Mr Crafar says he is still trying to arrange re-financing to hold onto his dairy operation but has no income, social welfare or legal aid.