EXCLUSIVE: Moment Ukrainian family of nine move out after being evicted by Royal Navy officer because they were ‘not what we were expecting’
- A MailOnline investigation revealed Ukrainian tenant ran a lucrative buy-to-let property business in Kyiv
- Maxim Hyryk had enjoyed wealthy lifestyle including luxury holidays to Dubai The family fled the war in May and were given refuge by Royal Navy Officer
- The family were then served with an eviction notice from their temporary home
- More than £20,000 was donated by supporters of Ukrainan tenant Mr Hyryk
This is the moment a Ukrainian family of nine pack up their belongings after being evicted from their temporary home owned by a senior Royal Navy officer.
Maxim Hyryk, his wife Olga, their two mothers and the couple’s five children initially received widespread sympathy after it emerged that they were being booted out of their temporary home in Fareham, Hants by landlord Dudley Master.
But their case took a significant twist after it was later reported by MailOnline that Mr Hyryk is a former police officer who had enjoyed a lavish lifestyle and ran a lucrative buy-to-let property business in Kyiv and was linked to a string of complaints about his time as a landlord, which Mr Hyryk dismissed as ‘nonsense’.
The family fled the war in May and were given refuge by Royal Navy Lt Cmdr Dudley Malster, 40 and his wife Kelly, 46, who offered them use of a two-bedroom bungalow originally owned by his late father-in-law, as part of the Government’s Homes for Ukraine programme.
Maxim Hyryk, 36, and his wife Olga on holiday in Dubai. They arrived in Britain with their family four months ago and were using a two-bedroom bungalow in Fareham rent-free but things turned sour and they were given an eviction notice. They are now moving into another rent-free property, a day after MailOnline revealed details of Maxim’s lavish lifestyle through running a buy-to-let empire
The family, pictured, were ordered out on July 15 but refused to budge and ten days ago the case was sent to Havant Justice Centre for a possession hearing – which was attended by both Hyryk and Lt Cmdr Malster but was adjourned until later this month
Mr Hyryk’s wife Olga (pictured) also has police links. She graduated from the National Academy of Internal Affairs of Ukraine – or police school – in 2012
Now investigations in Kyiv suggest Mr Hyryk has a colourful and controversial past unknown to his family’s many British sympathisers who helped them raise tens of thousands by crowdfunding to provide a roof over their heads
Olga Hyryk (left), in swimwear with a female friend
The family is made up of Mr Hyryk’s mother Olena, 60, his mother-in-law Hanna, 69, their twin boys, seven, and twin girls aged two and a one-year-old daughter.
But within a month of arriving at the Hampshire home on May 11, things turned sour, and the family were served with an eviction notice – initially gathering an outpouring of support and thousands of pounds in donations to help.
It resulted in a legal battle as Mr Hyryk, 36, initially refused to move but earlier this week he was seen loading up the family car and waving goodbye to neighbours as they headed off to a new home in Lancaster.
A MailOnline investigation has since revealed Hyryk was himself a landlord linked to a string of complaints in Kyiv with multiple tenants coning forward to describe how he ran a business with an estimated 14 properties. Pictured: Hyryk outside Havant Justice Court, where he attended a possession hearing after the family were served an eviction notice
A neighbour who has been supporting the family also helped take some of their belongings to Lancaster and also carried one of the couple’s mothers to their new home.
The family was formally ordered out of the two-bedroom bungalow on July 15 but refused to budge and ten days later the case was sent to Havant Justice Centre for a possession hearing – which was attended by both Mr Hyryk and Lt Cmdr Malster.
The matter was eventually resolved earlier this month after Mr Hyryk agreed to move to a property near Lancaster, signing a six-month rent- free tenancy for four-bedroom £180,000 waterside side house 300 miles away.
Accounts say Mr Hyryk (right) enjoyed a meteoric rise in the police in Kyiv region to acting chief of criminal investigations in his area in charge of combating organised crime, yet much about his career remains a mystery. One of Mr Hyryk’s former tenants has attempted to get a class action against him by starting a court case with six ex-tenants
The eviction notice the Hyryk Family received was from solicitors acting for the Malsters, who have declined to comment
The house has three double bedrooms, a kitchen diner, stunning views, a garage and courtyard parking.
No precise details for the reasons for the eviction action brought by Lt Cmdr Malster were given, with Mr Hyryk telling MailOnline it was due to a ‘divergence of views’.
In a statement issued to MailOnline after the matter was resolved, Lt Cmdr Malster revealed he was helping another Ukrainian family and said: ‘This has been a very challenging few month. We do not want to diminish the terrible events unfolding in Ukraine and the struggles faced by those who have had to flee but very quickly after the Hyryk’s arrived we questioned the story we were told, their actions towards us and those supporting them.
Olga pictured enjoying a luxurious skiing holiday with her husband. The pair enjoyed a number of trips together
Maxim has posted images of their lavish lifestyle online, from skiing holidays to trips to Dubai
His previously unknown past indicates he is a former police criminal investigator with political ambitions – failing to win election to the Ukrainian parliament in 2014, yet many details of the Hyryk biography remain obscure
Pictures and a video show Maxim and Olga enjoying summer and winter vacations in exotic locations
‘Within two weeks we knew this family were not what we were expecting and found ourselves questioning their honesty. We made the difficult decision to tell them they needed to leave which in short has led to the situation today.
‘We remain committed to helping those fleeing this barbaric conflict and continue to support another Ukrainian family in Fareham who arrived on the same day by finding schooling, accommodation and assisting with their visa applications.
After more than £20,000 was donated by supporters of Mr Hyryk, who were moved by the family’s plight details of his lavish past life and track record as a landlord emerged.
Olga boasted in a post on Russian social media network VK: ‘I was proposed to in Dubai, in the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa. Max, I love you’
Hyryk, pictured on his wedding day, is also involved in a string of disputes with disgruntled former tenants, although he has described their claims as ‘nonsense’ and blamed the issue on ‘problematic clients’
A MailOnline investigation revealed Mr Hyryk was linked to a string of complaints in Kyiv with multiple tenants coming forward to describe how he ran a business with an estimated 14 properties.
It also emerged from his social media profile the former police officer had enjoyed a considerably wealthy lifestyle including luxury holidays in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
In Kyiv, Mr Hyryk faces court challenges over disputes with multiple tenants in some of the properties he rented out.
He and Olga lived a wealthy and glamorous life in Ukraine with his former tenants insisting he had ‘millionaire’ status.
It also has a living area with wide windows, a coffee table and television for the family who are leaving their current home next Friday(pictured)
There are three bedrooms at the property (pictured). These will host the eight relatives who are expected to move into the home
The bungalow where the family of nine from Ukraine are currently living but are now facing eviction after getting a legal note
His previously unknown past indicated he is a former police criminal investigator with political ambitions – failing to win election to the Ukrainian parliament in 2014, yet many details of the Hyryk biography remain obscure.
Pictures and a video show Maxim and Olga enjoying summer and winter vacations in exotic locations.
A 2011 video of Hyryk’s lavish wedding suggests both he and his bride were well-off more than a decade ago.
Olga boasted in a post on Russian social media network VK: ‘I was proposed to in Dubai, in the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa. Max, I love you.’
The source of the property and business empire he was running is unknown but open source public records show him connected to more than a dozen apartments, and having had involvement in at least six companies, in some cases alongside his refugee mother Olena, 60, who appears to have played an important business role.
MailOnline was told that legal action against Mr Hyryk is pending in war-torn Ukraine.
Mr Hyryk denied all the allegations when they were put to him by MailOnline and initially said: ‘If you think I am millionaire would I be here? I have not left Ukraine since 2012.’
Later in a lengthy message to MailOnline he again denied the claims describing them as ‘nonsense’ but confirmed he was the manager for a property portfolio in Ukraine.
He added: ‘Unfortunately there were also problematic clients, with whom we dealt with through the courts. And the fact that they are official debtors, they still write all sorts of nonsense and slander against me in the hope it can somehow help them.’
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