George Michael’s ex-lover is refusing to budge from a multi-million pound property that was owned by the chart topping star – leading to accusations he is squatting in the building.
Fadi Fawaz, 45, was in a relationship with Wham! singer George from 2012 until his death in 2016 at the age of 53.
Australian hairdresser Fadi was the one to discover George dead at one of his homes on Christmas Day two and a half years ago.
However, he is said to be testing the patience of the Club Tropicana singers’ surviving family after refusing to vacate the singer’s £5 million property in London despite legal letters.
“Fadi is being a real pain about all this,” a source close to the family told The Sun.
“He has refused to leave despite several letters and requests in the last 18 months. He is blanking them out and it appears he now has squatters rights,” the source claims.
“It’s been going on for such a long time that it’s hard to know what to do next. The lawyers are seeing what can be done. It would be a lot easier if Fadi just upped sticks and left,” they added.
The property in question is believed to be a mews house located close to Regent’s Park in London – not far from the late singer’s other home in Hampstead, North London.
George also owned a home in Goring, Oxon – where his body was found by Fadi at Christmas in 2016.
Official government information in relation to squatting dictates that squatters’ rights to property can be claimed by: “A long-term squatter can become the registered owner of property or land they’ve occupied without the owner’s permission.”
Furthermore, the government says those who can apply are anyone who can prove: “you, or a succession of squatters, have occupied the property continuously for 10 years (12 years if it’s not registered with HM Land Registry)”, “you (or your predecessors) acted as owners of the property for the whole of that time,” or “you (or any of your predecessors) did not have the owner’s permission, for example the property was not originally rented to a squatter.”
Squatting itself is defined as: “Squatting is when someone deliberately enters property without permission and lives there, or intends to live there. This is sometimes known as ‘adverse possession’.”
It is believed Fadi is continuing to stay at the £5 million property as he believes George gave him permission to live there.
To remove a squatter, a property owner can wither request an Interim Possession Order from the government – available “if it’s been 28 days or less since you found out your property’s been squatted” and meaning the squatter will have to vacate the property within 24 hours of being served the papers.
And if the squatter has already been there for more than 28 days, they will need to make a claim for possession.
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