Pascoe v Turner

In Pascoe v Turner ([1979] 1 WLR 431, CA (Eng)) Mr Pascoe owned a house in Cornwall. Mrs Turner moved in with him as his housekeeper and later his mistress. After several years Mr Pascoe gave Mrs Turner repeated assurances that the house was hers. She spent much of her capital on repairs, improvements, redecoration and carpets. Mr Pascoe then terminated her licence and sought possession. Mrs Turner relied on proprietary estoppel. She pointed to his assurances, her expenditure and the fact that he had watched her spend her money on the property without comment. The Court of appeal held that this acquiescence gave rise to an equity. A licence for life would not give Mrs Turner the protection and security to which she was entitled in the circumstances. Mr Pascoe was ordered to convey the freehold to her.

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One Response to “Pascoe v Turner”

  1. Ignatius Evans Says:

    Very clear and explicit… Thanks Ignatius Evans.

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