§55-5-2. Valuation of improvements made by defendant before notice
If the jury be satisfied that the defendant, or those under
whom he claims, made on the premises, at a time when there was
reason to believe the title good under which he or they were
holding such premises, permanent and valuable improvements, they
shall estimate in his favor the value of such improvements as were
so made before notice in writing of the title under which the
plaintiff claims, as they are at the time such valuation is made.