A Hanworth woman has had her home repossessed for a third time due to 'blundering' payroll staff at the Inland Revenue.
Musilimot Adeboye and her husband Tokunbo had already lost their home twice, first during the housing crash of the late 80s and again in 1999.
The couple were evicted from their house in Grove Crescent for the third time on March 23 after losing a long court battle with Mrs Adeboye's former employers.
The 47-year-old worked in administration for the Inland Revenue, now HM Revenue & Customs, before being forced to retire due to ill-health seven years ago.
It was only when she left the department that her employees discovered they had been overpaying her for the last two years and demanded the money – more than £7,500 – back.
Mrs Adeboye, who had reduced her hours from 25 to 15 a week due to health problems, said that was the first time she became aware of the overpayments.
The mother-of-two, who has been unable to work since having a full hysterectomy in 2002, claimed she offered to pay it back in small instalments but her former bosses wanted the money sooner.
She and her husband, a 53-year-old postal worker, spent the last seven years fighting the demands in court, during which time the amount they owed spiralled to £115,000 with court costs.
“I fell I've been made bankrupt and homeless because of a bureaucratic mistake,” said Mrs Adeboye, who is living in temporary accommodation in Harrow with her husband.
“I feel the Inland Revenue has been so heavy-handed and it's ended up costing tax-payers more than if they'd let me pay the money back in instalments, like I offered.”
A spokeswoman for HMRC said it was unable to comment on individual cases.