British pensioner ordered to quit half his house
A British pensioner vowed to sit tight after being ordered by a court to quit half of his house under the terms of an unusual 19th century lease.
Derrick Bensted, 77, vowed to “stick it out” after complaining that the order - which would see him lose his kitchen, bedroom and half his sitting room - was unfair. The dispute is centred on the lease under which Bensted’s home in Whitstable, on the southeast coast of England, was first built.
Half the former pub was constructed in around 1860 on land rented from the Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company, and the company has been fighting to reclaim what it considers its share of the property. afp