Over the last twenty years, Jane Sayner had been the happy tenant of a lovely property in Melbourne. The news that the landlord wished to leave it to her was the biggest surprise of her life, and she was completely taken aback by it.
When Sayner was looking for a new home 23 years ago, she combed through the classified ads in the local newspaper. She fell head over heels in love with an apartment in St. Albans, which is located to the northwest of Melbourne.
She believed that it was the ideal place for her to live since it was warm and inviting and had a garden. She moved into the area and had consistently sent her landlord, John Perrett, $200 per week in rent ever since she moved there.
Sayner said that the yard was barren when she first came into the property; as a result, she created a stunning and vibrant garden there by sowing a large number of seeds and growing a variety of plants and flowers.
Sayner adds that her landlord had a warm personality and was extremely generous. He was a philanthropist in addition to having a background as a pharmacist in the past.
He took great joy in serving others and providing something positive back to the community. Perrett amassed a multi-million dollar fortune over the course of his 83-year life, which he generously donated to those in need.
After receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, Perrett made the decision to go into a nursing home a few years ago. One day, he gave Sayner a call and broke the most unexpected news possible to her: he was handing over the home to her.
Sayner was unable to comprehend what it was that Perrett had just spoken. She had such self-doubt that she even considered the possibility that she had misheard it.
To her good fortune, it turned out to be genuine. Sayner had lived there for nearly 20 years, but Perett realized how much she cherished it since she never once entertained the idea of moving. As a result of this, he took the decision to bequeath it to her as a gift.
Sayner’s life was never the same once he made this choice. She was ultimately able to retire when she stopped having to pay rent, which allowed her to save a significant amount of money over time.
She used to work at a market in Epping when she was 74 years old, but now that she has her own house, she is free to rest and take pleasure in every moment of her life to the fullest.
Sayner will never forget the landlord’s thoughtfulness and charity, and for that, she will be eternally grateful.
She said that she makes it a point to express her gratitude to Perrett on a regular basis. “I continue to be grateful to him each and every day of my life. Thank you so much, John. I really appreciate it.”