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Heslop v Burns [1974] 1 WLR 1241 Court of Appeal

The owner of a cottage allowed Mr and Mrs Burns to live in his cottage rent free as he was concerned with their poor living conditions in their previous accommodation. He later became the godfather of their daughter and paid for her education. The Burns remained in the cottage until after the death of the owner. They sought to establish that their occupation was under a tenancy.


The Burns were mere licensees because there was no intention to create legal relations.

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