177. Occupiers.

A person in lawful occupation of premises is entitled to be protected against any interference with his rights as occupier1. The claimant himself must have the legal right of occupation2; thus a person on premises as a mere licensee has no right of action in respect of a private nuisance3, even if he is a lawful and permanent resident such as a member of the occupier's family4. An occupier may, however, recover in respect of damage occurring before he acquired the property if the nuisance is continuing and he has incurred a loss in respect of it6.

The occupier of