Improvements made by bona fide holders under
defective titles.- When the transferee
of immovable property makes any improvement
on the property, believing in good faith that
he is absolutely entitled thereto, and he is
subsequently evicted therefrom by any person
having a better title, the transferee has a
right to require the person causing the eviction
either to have the value of the improvement
estimated and paid or secured to the transferee,
or to sell interest in the property to the transferee
at the then market value thereof, irrespective
of the value of such improvement.
The amount to be paid or secured
in respect of such improvement shall be the
estimated value thereof at the time of the eviction.
When, under the circumstances
aforesaid, the transferee has planted or sown
on the property crops which are growing when
he is evicted therefrom, he is entitled to such
crops and to free ingress and egress to gather
and carry them.