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Provided you hold the Property as Tennats in Common, you can force a sale of the property, by virtue of the Trust of land and Appointment of Trustees Act.
I assume you hold the property as Tenants in Common, as opposed to Joint Tenants. If you do not, you can change to become Tenants in Common relatively easily- all you need to do is to serve the appropriate Notice on your Brother and send a Form to the Land Registry. You may wish a local Solicitor to assist you with this.Court should of course be your last resort, but the mere threat of you issuing proceedings may be sufficient for your brother to see sense. The alternative would be for your brother to buy you out if this was financialy viable.
I hope this helps and sets out th elegal position for you.
Thanks for that information.
What are we talking about by way of fees /court costs should my brother refuse to move /sell and court action is needed?
I have just visited my solicitor who has informed me that the cost of court action could be as much as £15000, with a further payment of about £15000 if I lose and costs are awarded against me. I was also informed that there would be upfront part payments before the case got to court.
This being the case your estimate of £1000 - £2000 was way of the mark. On this advice I was prepared to take the risk but on finding the true potential costs I will not be going ahead.
I think on this basis of this bad advice you should refund my £36 .
I look forward to receiving my money.
I can't talk for other Solicitors, but the costs you have been quoted are very excessive.
I note your question, for which you kindly paid me, was to ask whether you could do try and remove your brother and I believe I answered this question for you.