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Over 10 years ago my Dad bough5 my Great Aunts(Marie) house

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Hello, over 10 years ago my Dad bough5 my Great Aunts(Marie) house and refurbished it for her. There was a contract in place that meant my Marie could carry on living there rent free. My Dad paid £10,000, paid off her mortgage and all refurb costs and the house was transferred into mine and my brothers name. My Dad died in 2010 and unfortunately, Marie died a few months ago. Her Granddaughter is saying my Dad never paid the money over to Marie and no one seems to have a copy of the contract. The solicitor we used no longer practices and all her files were taken over by the law society. I'm worried because as my name is ***** ***** land registry I'm responsible for council tax etc. I'd like to sell the property as would my brother but I don't want to incur any legal problems by doing so. What would you advise?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Clare replied 9 months ago.

Thank you for your question

My name is Clare]I shall do my best to help you but I need some further information first.

has the granddaughter files a Restriction at the Land Registry?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I'm not sure. How would I find that out? The address of the house is 2 The Glade, Clifton, NG11 9EA.
Expert:  Clare replied 9 months ago.

You can check here

https://www.gov.uk/search-property-information-land-registry

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The restrictive covenants are all old ones. There has been nothing added to it from My Aunt's Granddaughter. I have a copy of the Title register I can pass on to you.
Ellen
Expert:  Clare replied 9 months ago.

Whose name is ***** ***** Title Register?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
It's Ellen Ballam and Simon Ballam which is me and my brother.
Ellen
Expert:  Clare replied 9 months ago.

Then there is nothing in the way of your selling the property - you can simply market it in the usual way

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