20 years after the man occupied the empty house, the court awarded him the house.

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 20 years after the man occupied the empty house, the court awarded him the house.


20 years after the man occupied the empty house, the court awarded him the house.

Bill Gertos, an Australian man, discovered an unlocked, seemingly idle house on his way to visit clients in 1998, so he spent money on renovation and renovation on his own initiative and rented it to other people. Now, he has won the lawsuit against the descendants of the original owner and earned the value of 160. Million Australian dollars (about 7 million 930 thousand yuan) of the housing. Because there is a law in Australia that if you occupy an empty house for more than 12 years, you can legally acquire ownership.

According to comprehensive foreign media reports, Gertos, an Australian real estate developer, discovered an empty house in the suburb of Ashbury in 1998 and decided to take it for himself after confirming that it was uninhabited at the end of that year. Gertos said that in 1998, he spent 150,000 Australian dollars (about 740,000 yuan) to renovate the house before renting it to others; then he spent 150,000 Australian dollars in 2014 for a second renovation.

Henry Thompson Downie, the original owner of the house, died in 1947, and his grandson found out in 2017 that Gertos had filed an application for ownership, but a lawsuit was lost in court. Henrys relatives testified that because the house was attacked by termites, the whole family moved out before World War II and was rented to a single tenant until the tenant died in April 1998.

Henrys family believed that Gertos had not taken an open attitude, which meant that he could not use the law to claim ownership, and that they had not realized that they could inherit the property until the police contacted them in 2017. However, in court, the judge disagreed with this statement, and decided that the house belonged to Mr. Gotos on the basis of 20 yearsevidence of maintenance and rental by Mr. Gotos. This made Henrys family very unhappy and decided to appeal the sentence again. This article source: take a look at news Knews editor: Yang Yi _NBJ10647

Henrys family believed that Gertos had not taken an open attitude, which meant that he could not use the law to claim ownership, and that they had not realized that they could inherit the property until the police contacted them in 2017. However, in court, the judge disagreed with this statement, and decided that the house belonged to Mr. Gotos on the basis of 20 yearsevidence of maintenance and rental by Mr. Gotos. This made Henrys family very unhappy and decided to appeal the sentence again.