Jane had rented the same apartment for 23 Years—When the landlord calls, she receives a huge surprise

Written by Henrik Rothen

Oct.15 - 2023 8:07 AM CET

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When the landlord calls, she receives a huge surprise.

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For over two decades, Jane Sayner had been a tenant in a cozy two-bedroom house with a garden in St Albans, a suburb northwest of Melbourne. She had always considered it her perfect home.

However, a phone call from her landlord, John Perrett, turned her world upside down in the most astonishing way.

John Perrett was no ordinary landlord. He was a multi-faceted individual—a pharmacist, a former football player, a property investor, and above all, a philanthropist.

Over his lifetime, he had accumulated a fortune worth millions of dollars. Jane, on the other hand, had led a life of financial modesty, working in a market until her retirement.

One fateful day, Jane's phone rang. It was John, instructing her to speak with his attorney.

"He's right here, and you need to give him your full name because I'm transferring the property to you," were the words that left Jane speechless. At this point, John's health had deteriorated due to Parkinson's disease, and he had moved into a nursing facility.

John Perrett passed away in September 2020 at the age of 86. He left the majority of his wealth to Royal Melbourne Hospital, where he had received a kidney transplant three decades earlier. His generous donation is set to benefit the hospital and its patients for years to come.

As for Jane, she transitioned from being a tenant to a homeowner, all thanks to John's incredible act of kindness.

"I still thank him every single day... I say to myself, 'Thank you, John,'" shares Jane, who now enjoys her retirement in the home she has always loved.

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