So over the years, just confirm that he's never paid anything towards the house or done any work in it, or made any contributions whatsoever.
Did you ever promised him anything such as "stick with me and one day all this will be yours" or did you promise anything similar at any stage?
In that case, he is probably entitled to very little if anything.It would depend what value there was in the repairs and gardening he has donein the whole scale of things, probably not a lot.
The first thing you need to do is ask the solicitors how the caseis funded. If it is done on a conditional fee agreement as a privately fundedclient, it means that the solicitors are doing it. No win no fee, which meansthat they do not get paid unless he gets any money. On these facts, (unless hehas told them a different story). it is not a case that most solicitors wouldtake on on a no win no fee basis.
You have several options.
You can simply ignore any future correspondence and if they doissue proceedings, see if they are actually issue legal proceedings. Legalproceedings will have to be paid for up front because the court wants theirmoney, the court will not work. No win no fee!
You could write and say that you are not going to enter into anyfurther correspondence and that they should either issue proceedings or stopwriting.
If proceedings arrive, defend them.
Or, you could make a small "without prejudice" offer (what we calla nuisance offer) to get rid of it.
You can keep exchanging correspondence ad nauseam, which will onlyserve to increase his costs (and yours), but if it went to court and he had anydegree of success, you may have to pay his costs in the end anyway.
I will say that this is not a matter that most solicitors woulddeal with on a no win no fee basis, based upon the fact that you have given soit may be that he has given them a different story.
My colleague Claire made the following comments which, to befrank, probably sum up his case.
"It is a try on They probably threw Kernott and Jones into theletter - but there is not an earthly."
Ifyou Google Kernott v Jones, it will giveyou an idea of how the court look at these kind of claims
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Your solicitor will only know if he has asked. There is no duty to volunteer the information. But if asked, I have to tell you.
They also have to tell you (but ask the question anyway ) . If he has any kind of legal expenses insurer and is to pay the legal costs in the event that you lose . The general rule is that the winner gets their cost paid by the loser .if he loses, the insurance only page your costs,. His solicitor gets nothing.
If it is on a conditional fee agreement/no win no fee, his solicitor will note every letter phone call and attendance which he will put onto his bill and it goes to court and he wins . . As I said earlier, , if he loses, the solicitor gets nothing.. If you have not already it might be worthwhile sending proof of your mortgage payments and deposit to his solicitor saying words to the effect of "here is my proof that these were paid by me , where is your proof that they were paid by your client ? "
In the solicitor thinks that his client is lying to him . He is not going to be best pleased because , the client is wasting his time . . Remember that if this goes to court it is decided on the balance of probabilities so your version of events only has to be 1% more believable than his and he loses .
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Butif you did that, obviously, he could not break back in and and if he started tocause trouble, you could call the police.
Hewould be faced with making an application to court for an injunction to allow himback in, but it would only be a temporary measure.
Itwould be more reasonable if you actually gave him noticed that you wanted himto leave by a particular date, and asked him to vacate by that date, and everydid not, he would no longer be allowed into the property. At that stage, if hedoes not leave the property, you can call the police and ask them to get him toleave.
Hereis, after all, just the guest in your house, albeit a long staying one. Somepolice forces will not want to get involved and simply say that it is a civilmatter.
Youneed to make sure that you do not get involved in any public order/breach ofthe peace incident.
Itwould be worthwhile telling his solicitor to tell him to get out by thatparticular date