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Clare
Clare, Solicitor
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I own a house and my tenant who was also my best friend has

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I own a house and my tenant who was also my best friend has just died. Her brother who is her immediate next of kin states that I have no right to be in the house without his say so. My friends possessions are still there as she only died 2 days ago.
Do I have a right to be there, is he entitled to a period to clear the house, and can I charge him rent while my friends possessions remain within the house.
I have no desire to disrespect my dead friend but I find his attitude high handed and rude.
3 questions sorry
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Clare replied 1 year ago.
HiThank you for your questionIs there a formal tenancy agreement in place?Clare
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

yes

Expert:  Clare replied 1 year ago.
When was it due to end?Did your friend leave a Will?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

We are still searching for the will ,tenancy agreement runs April to April

Expert:  Clare replied 1 year ago.
Hi
What other relatives survive her?
Clare
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

aunts and cousins

Expert:  Clare replied 1 year ago.
Hi
As her closest relative her brother has the right to administer his estate - but not the right to exclude you from the property.
However you are indeed entitled to charge rent so long as her belongings are in the property
I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further details
Clare