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12 years ago my father was looking to sell a field. I asked him if I could have it and he said yes. At the time he said we could sort the money out later, the agreed price was £40,000. I have the deeds but he is still the legal owner. If it makes any difference I’ve paid no rent as none was ever agreed. So far as we were all concerned everything would eventually be sorted out. It was a family deal, no need for contracts etc. we all thought.
Over the years I have made huge improvements to the value of the land, gaining planning consent to the point it’s now worth a few hundred thousand. I have also converted an old barn on the property and my plan was to let it as a holiday let. I’ve only just spent another £17,00 on it.
A few weeks ago my father announced he wanted the property back, it was a complete shock to me. I had always intended just to pay him for the land but now he wants everything and is threatening me with eviction!
In the following days I received texts saying my property will be taken and sold and any attempt to remove my improvements will be classed as criminal damage or theft !
I’m using a solicitor who is good but my father and family seem to ignore him. I was at the property the other day and he turned up with another bloke like a scene from the A-team saying he was taking it back no matter what. He damaged work I had done walked everywhere intimidating me.
I called the police and my father told them I threatened him! They just said its nothing to do with them and that it’s civil matter. I said does someone have to get hurt before they act, what happens if they break the locks, let my animals onto the road and they kill someone (I really beleive this is what they might do) but the police said I am over reacting.
I explained to the Police that I am disabled have a 12 month old child with me whilst my family are shouting at us having blocked them in with my car whilst waiting for the police to come. The Police said they have committed no crime!!!
I offered to move and give up any rights I had if they reimburse me for my improvements at a very reasonable figure as I have had enough of it all. They first offered a low figure then changed there mind going back to saying one way or another I am being evicted.
I’m now being told that I have 28 days to move. That’s 12+ years of my life wasted and all this hastle worrying all the time all because of a mans greed. He now says he just let me use the land and never had any intention of letting me buy it.
I have bills going back to day one but it seems he can do what he pleases and the Police do nothing.
Can my animals be removed and sold?
How can I protect them?
Given that it’s my word against his, am I entitled to buy the property for the price we agreed 12 years ago or is there some sort of financial formula a judge will use to calculate who should pay who?
Do I have any rights at all?
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