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Paris man awarded $21,000 in compensation for renting 'broom closet'

Published on Mar 25, 2014 1:27 AM

PARIS (AFP) - A Paris court on Monday ordered nearly 12,000 euros (S$21,000) in compensation to be paid to a man who rented a "broom closet" for 15 years.

The court in Paris's 11th district said the owner of the tiny flat and its property manager had violated city bylaws on the minimum legal size of rentals.

The court ordered the two to pay a total of 10,000 euros in damages for violation of property rights, 1,000 euros in moral damages and some 815 euros to cover relocation expenses.

Under French law, only 1.52 sq m of the sloped-ceiling room were deemed habitable.

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