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Hi Clare, and thanks for the response. Jane and George married in August 2009 and he died in September 2013. He had been fairly unwell before, but his death came after only a few weeks illness and was sooner than expected. The house (a former council house) would be worth about £180k, and George had about £60k in other assets, which were left to the family of his first wife. On their marriage Jane retained her flat (worth about £200k) and let it out, using the rent to pay off the mortgage. She inherited about £400k from her mother, who died early in 2012, and has passed a large proportion on to her children, as well as transferring the title of the flat to one of them - I think that this was done before George's final illness.
Just to add that the house is not in particularly good condition, and would need work to put on the market - or if Jane continues to live there.
No, Jane and George did not live together at any address before 2009. They only met a couple of months before they were married. She says that she wants to remain in the property for the time being, but she is unwilling to pay for any improvements. And, of course, the family do not want to pay for any improvements while she is there and especially if she makes no commitment to move out.
I think that Jane wants to decide how long she stays in the house, but doesn't want to put any money into its upkeep.
I forgot to mention earlier that George did leave Jane about £30k in his will, separately from the assets worth about £60k that he left his family.
That is the conclusion that I would draw from what she has said recently.
Thanks for that. If Jane remains in the house while not the legal owner, is she responsible for maintenance and up keep?