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  • Property-a-holics

    Quote of the Century....!

    I must share this with you guys.
    In my day job as a chartered surveyor I am currently involved with a rather contentious boundary dispute which has been rumbling on for the best part of a year now.
    To cut a VERY long storey short, the parties live in a very well healed, semi rural part of North Yorkshire and the other party (an elderly gentleman) owns some land over which my client (a young rich kid) requires access to get to his stable block (he plays polo). My client has been using this land and considers it to be his, whereas the elderly gentleman is adamant that it has been in his family for years and years and will not now sell it my client out of “principle”!
    Neither myself, nor the other side can prove with 100% certainty where the boundary lies and therefore cannot prove ownership. In a final last ditched attempt to sort the matter; myself, our solicitor and the elderly gentleman’s surveyor and solicitor decided to hold a ‘without prejudice’ meeting whereby we would not leave until a potential resolution had been agreed.
    Eventually, in a stroke of genius from our solicitor we suggested that an option be written whereby at the death of the elderly gentleman, my client would have the right to buy the land at the prevailing market value, and in the meantime for a premium of £10k pa he would be granted an easement over the land.
    I put this to my client and his response was….and I quote…”John, despite the fact that you’re giving me everything that I wanted, I don’t like it!”
    WTF….!
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    Sounds like something my girlfriend would say at the 'end' of a romantic evening!
    ”Marcus, despite the fact that you’re giving me everything that I wanted, I don’t like it!”
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