Newsflash - squatters lose Article 8 appeal

Squatters of land forming part of the proposed new Heathrow runway lose appeal against possession order

In a previous article ("Human Rights Act to Apply to Private Tenancies?") I reported that squatters on land that would form part of a proposed new runway at Heathrow Airport had been granted permission to appeal against a possession order evicting them from the land so that the Court of Appeal could determine whether Article 8 of European Convention on Human Rights  - right to respect for private and family life  - applies to private landlords as well as those in the  public sector.

The Court of Appeal has today, by majority verdict, dismissed the appeal and permission has been granted to the owners of the land to seek a warrant for eviction. The Court of Appeal rejected the squatter's application to appeal to the Supreme Court, though the squatters (who call themselves Grow Heathrow) have indicated that they may apply to the Supreme Court directly for permission to appeal.

Watch this space - further details will follow shortly

Posted on: 03/07/2013

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