(The Local) A German pensioner has been ordered to demolish her own home – because the house, built at the start of World War II, did not have planning permission.

Christa Liedtke, 75, decided to sell the half-timbered house near Cologne three years ago, after she began to find the steep stairs too much to handle.

She fell in love with the house in 2005 and poured thousands of euros into renovating it. “As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one,” she said. “In 2011 I wanted to sell it, with a heavy heart, and that’s when this all started.”

Local authority officials told her she had to pull it down because there was no planning permission to build the house in the first place.

  • Text smaller
  • Text bigger
Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.