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£1,504
raised of £120,000 target by 96 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,504 to Help fund Colin Curtis' legal costs in fighting to keep his mother's home

    London Borough of Redbridge, United Kingdom
    Funded on Sunday, 12th June 2016

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    Story

    Colin Curtis is the sole beneficiary of his mother's estate, which consisted of her home.

    Due to a series of personal tragedies at that time Colin did not obtain the letters of administration to record himself as the owner of his mother's house. The house remained empty, though Colin continued to pay the bills.

    In 2012, unknown to Colin, an application was made to the Land Registry to have a squatter, Keith Best, recorded as the owner of Mrs Curtis' home. The Land Registry rejected the application, as they believed it to be illegal; Mr Best sought a Judicial Review.

    The High Court heard this in May 2014 and ruled that Mr Best could have his application considered. This was upheld in January 2015 by the Court of Appeal. However the Court did say that other applications should also be considered - apparently an acknowledgement of Colin's claim. Colin became aware of the situation when contacted by the Daily Mail in May 2014.

    The Land Registry sent out two notices to the same address in June 2014. To Mr Best and to Colin's Mother as the registered owner. It is not known what happened to the latter. The notice gave 65 days to respond. Colin made a separate application as administrator of his mother's estate. The Land Registry referred the matter to the Tribunal.

    The Tribunal ruled in April 2016 that Colin did not have the legal status to make the application within the terms of the 2002 Land Registration Act. Colin was also ordered to pay Mr Best's costs - in excess of £37,000 - which when added to his own costs exceed £60,000. Colin has 28 days to appeal.

    Colin is 81 and in poor health. Although he owns his sheltered living flat, his sole income is his state pension and benefits (£285pw). He has used all his money fighting this injustice.

    Colin needs your help. Without your support Colin could be forced to sell his home to pay legal costs. How can it be fair to make an old man homeless and give his inheritance to a squatter?

    Updates

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    • Colin Curtis4 years ago
      Colin Curtis

      Colin Curtis

      4 years ago
      Update from the Page owner

      A very big thank you for all your help and kind words. Offers from kind people prepared to offer their time free means that we have been able to make significant progress at minimal cost. We are now confident that several factual challenges can now be made to Mr Best's case.

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    • Colin Curtis5 years ago
      Colin Curtis

      Colin Curtis

      5 years ago

      We hope that there will be a feature article published in the Mail tomorrow, that will give more detail about Colin's case. Sadly certain elements may not be included as witnesses are anxious about going "on the record", and evidence will not be available before next week.

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    • Colin Curtis5 years ago
      Colin Curtis

      Colin Curtis

      5 years ago

      Thank you to everyone who has offered their support, encouragement and sympathy. Many messages have moved us to tears. As more information becomes known it becomes clear that Colin has not received justice and indeed appears to have been let down by a system that that failed

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    5 years ago

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    Page last updated on: 6/2/2016 11.38

    Supporters

    96

    • Nicole

      Nicole

      Jun 2, 2016

      Keith Best you are nothing more than a common and disgusting thief, go back to the continent from whence you came....

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 29, 2016

      Best wishes. The concept of stealing someone's property is so wrong.

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 24, 2016

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 24, 2016

      JUSTICE FOR COLIN !!!

      £50.00

    • Christine Ince

      Christine Ince

      May 24, 2016

      There is something terribly wrong with our laws that this kind of thing can happen to hardworking, honest people.

      £10.00

    • Another pensioner

      Another pensioner

      May 23, 2016

      I feel so sorry for Colin when wrong is rewarded. Shows what's wrong with our justice system and how important it is to make a will. I pray you will get your house back Colin. God bless you.

      £20.00

    • Scotty Lass

      Scotty Lass

      May 22, 2016

      This is an absolutely terrible story on so many levels. Colin, I do hope you are successful and get back what is rightfully yours.

      £10.00

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    London Borough of Redbridge, United Kingdom

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