The family behind a restaurant that was expropriated by the government as part of the Kappara Junction has been awarded a massive €835,000 sum, years after they were offered just €12,000 in compensation back in 2016.
The restaurant, known as ‘The Cottage’, was expropriated in 2015 for the flyover to be constructed. In 2016, the Lands Authority offered €12,000, leading the Calleja family, which led the establishment, to sue for adequate compensation.
A judgement handed down today by the Land Arbitration Board confirmed that while the family had operated the restaurants as tenants, they still deserved to be compensated adequately just as the landlord had been.
At the time, the family had incurred significant costs due to plans to convert the restaurant to include a lounge bar – and had already forked out substantial fees to confirm the lease for the following years. The family had been kept in the dark over expropriation plans.
The Land Arbitration Board consequently awarded plaintiffs the sum of €835,000, with costs and interests at 8% until the date of final payment.
The family was represented by Dr Jan-Karl Farrugia from Farrugia Law Advocates.
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