UK government allows squatter to sell the house he had stolen

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Revealed: Shameless squatter who moved into pensioner’s empty home then won legal right to keep it… has sold house for a whopping £540K

A squatter who took over an empty house that belonged to a pensioner and won the right to become its legal owner has sold it for £540,000, MailOnline can reveal.

Keith Best was accused of effectively ‘stealing’ the three-bedroom semi-detached home in Newbury Park, east London, from Colin Curtis, who previously lived there with his mother but then moved out in the late 1990s, leaving it empty.

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After spotting the vacant home while working in the neighbourhood, builder Mr Best started treating it at his own and then began renovating it, formally moving in with his wife and child in 2012.

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A few months later he applied to the courts for permanent possession of the property, which was worth around £400,000 at the time.

He won following an appeal despite the judge accepting that he had committed criminal trespass.

MailOnline can reveal that after living in it for almost eight years, Mr Best has now sold it, pocketing the entire £540,000 profit.

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