Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Tramp wins rights to prime land

"All he ever wanted was to live on the plot of land that he had occupied for the last 12 years," said Maurice Evans, a solicitor (as they call lawyers in England) who made a claim for adverse possession on Henry Hallowes' behalf.

A tramp* has become the legal owner of a prime piece of land in London where he has lived for more than 20 years.

Harry Hallowes, 70, was handed the title deeds to the secluded woodland spot after developers threatened to evict him. The land is thought to be worth £2m (that's almost $4 million).

Mr. Hallowes made a successful claim under what is called squatters' rights in England. We'd call it adverse possession.

He occupies a 12-by-8-foot shack which stands in a 90-by-90-foot garden.

Read the BBC story here.

Thanks to Squatter City for the link.
* I know the term "tramp" is considered somewhat rude in American English usage, having been subsumed in more polite contexts by words such as "homeless person" or "transient." However, it remains relatively more common in British English.


At 5:07 PM, Anonymous LaVonne said...

Score one for a tramp! The Brits and their vocabulary...God bless them.

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