Court of Appeal rejects squatter's rights claim

A man will have to leave a Cotswolds farmhouse in which he has lived all his life after the Court of Appeal rejected his squatter's rights claim. Gerald Taylor argued that he is entitled to stay at the Old Farmhouse in Aston Magna because his family's occupation of the land had not been challenged for more than 12 years. His father and uncles moved into the property in the 1930s as tenants of the Batsford Estates Company. But the court held that they had "implied permission" to stay on the farm and so had not developed squatter's rights.

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