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German court rules heavy smoker must vacate flat he's lived in for 40 years

Published on Jun 26, 2014 5:36 PM
 
A photo from last year shows German Friedhelm Adolfs, 75, smoking in the living room of his flat in Duesseldorf, northwestern Germany. A German court ruled on June 26, 2014 that Adolfs must vacate his home of around 40 years after neighbours complained about his cigarette smoke. He has until the end of the year to clear the flat after his appeal against a previous court decision failed. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - A German court ruled on Thursday that an elderly smoker must vacate his home of around 40 years after neighbours complained about his cigarette smoke.

Friedhelm Adolfs, 75, has until the end of the year to clear his flat in the western city of Duesseldorf after his appeal against a previous court decision failed.

The city's district court said that smoking by a tenant in a flat was not grounds by itself for eviction.

But it said that the pensioner had not tried to prevent cigarette smoke from seeping into the communal hallway of the apartment building.

 
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