Friendly neighbour wins lawn ownership
The Local · 3 May 2016, 20:05
Published: 03 May 2016 20:05 GMT+02:00
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The 48-year-old Austrian homeowner had recently purchased the house in Sallingberg in Lower Austria, west of the capital Vienna, and was grateful for the helpful neighbour who offered to cut his lawn last summer.
He said: "I was busy with the move and was grateful each time he offered to cut the lawn when he was doing it on his own land, I even gave him a bottle of Sekt (sparkling wine) each time and didn't think much more of it. But then when I decided to put up a fence around my garden, he sued me.
"I didn't even think anything like that was possible, at the time he had even asked if he could mow my patch of grass as well and I was always pleased [for him to do so]."
And to the astonishment of the businessman, named only as Matthaus L because of local privacy laws, the court has agreed that the man was entitled to the lawn, and ordered the fence moved.
He argued that he had not only mowed the lawn last summer, but had also mowed the lawn for decades previously and the judge agreed that this gave him the right to the land.
The businessman can now only look on his lost garden.
Story courtesy of Central European News