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Botticello v. Stefanovicz
Citation:177 Conn. 22, 411 A.2d 16 (1979)
The defendants, Mary and Walter Stefanovicz in 1943 acquired as tenants in common a farm situated in the towns of Colchester and Lebanon. In 1965, the plaintiff, Anthony Botticello, became interested in the property and entered an informal agreement with Walter. It was signed by Walter and by the plaintiff. Neither the plaintiff nor his attorney or Walter’s attorney, was then aware of the fact that Walter did not own the property outright. Shortly after the execution for the lease an option-to-purchase agreement, the plaintiff took possession of the property and made substantial improvements on the property. When the defendants refused to honor the option agreement, the plaintiff commenced an action seeking specific performance, possession of the premises, and damages.
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