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259 SCRA 344


Petitioner’s mom owned a parcel of land.  A bungalow was constructed on a portion of it.  She sold the land to Nicholas, promising that she would also sell the land wherein the bungalow was constructed on.  The mother then leased   the   land,   including   the   house.      Nicholas   then   introduced improvements.  The lease was terminated and not renewed.


While the right to let property is an incident to the title and possession, a person may be a lessor and  occupy the position of landlord to his tenant although he is not the owner of the premises let.
The private respondents may not be considered as builders or possessors in good faith.  They knew that their possession is only within the life of the lease.  Consequently, they are not entitled to any indemnity.