Hello again ! May I ask you for some further advice please ?As expected my brother has written to me to say he has also seen a solictor locally who advises that I should definitely be paying him a reasonable rent and that this is standard practice . His main argument for this is that I only own one third of the property (which is of course correct) Surely this just means that he is also entitled to live in his third of the house?
Thank you Clare and sorry about the long delay in replying-I've only just returned from work ! My main problem is that unless I can definitely tell my brother that the law says that he should not be expecting me to pay him this rent he will continue to pester me for the money . As he is now very confident that his own solicitor has told him that I must give him this money should I consult a solicitor locally who can view the Will in detail and give me a definitive answer? I should add that the 6 month period was until the end of March 2014 hence his constant pestering !
Thank you Clare . Does this mean that there is no single answer to this type of claim that would fit every case but that it depends on the individual situation? I know my that brother won't accept that your opinion is different to that of his own solicitor. I have always got on well with my brother (Until now!) and would like to find a way forward that would mean not too much conflict .I know he is desparate for the money as neither he nor his wife are currently working but I do not feel at all happy about paying out monthly rent .Can you suggest a way forward that would create a minimum of ill will between us ?
Thank you .Another thought I had was to offer to pay him some money upfront now on the written and officially binding understanding that it would be subtracted from his final one third share out of the property ? What do you think?This would probably get him off my back for a while .When I suggested this to my sister (who is the other sibling involved) she seemed horrified as it would sugest to him that he has been in the right all along . I am still completely cofused as to whether I am justified in flatly refusing to pay him any money at all .