Dodsworth v Dodsworth (1973)

Facts

  • The owner of a house allowed her brother and sister-in-law to live with her for ‘as long as they wished’
  • In reliance on this, the couple spent £700 improving the property

Issue

  • Could the owner be estopped from denying the couple’s right to indefinite occupation?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • Although awarding the equivalent of their expectation would not be equitable, they were entitled to the return of £700
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