£130 Million Home Comes With ... a Garden Squatter!

Imagine the shock of this poor ol' tycoon: he wanted to build the world's most expensive home only to find that he has a squatter in the garden!

A billionaire is planning to transform a vacant London stately house into the world's most expensive home - but can't evict a squatter who's been living there for the past 21 years.

Harry Hallowes, 71, was awarded squatters' rights last year, which means he can continue living in his tent in the grounds. His small plot is now worth a staggering £4million.

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Squatters' rights rule! Think of this guy in terms of his history--he's lived peacefully (I assume, unless he's a knife-wielding yahoo) for decades on his little piece of earth, and this system comes along to swat him away. Squatters' rights seems like such an unexpectedly respectful way to honor the way people have taken advantage of what others have ignored.

Similarly, abandoned buildings can be the arena for a squatter. They are making something useful out of what nobody has claimed or "called." Why not? I think it feels basic, wholesome, like how we cared for a piece of the earth long ago and by that virtue, that piece became our home.
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Why doesn't this billonaire just build the man a house on another plot of land? If he plans to build the most expensive home in the world, a modestly sized house for a squatter who has become a nuisance to him would be just a drop in the bucket.
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