Ask a Family Law Question, Get an Answer ASAP!
Hello, my name is Peter, I’ve been asked to look at this for you, thank you for your patience.
Please bear in mind as this is an email service and not live chat I may not respond immediately.
Was the apartment a gift to you or are you just the legal owner on paper - i.e. holding it on trust for your father (the beneficiary)?
OK. Then this is your property, the rent money should not have been going to your father in the first place. You have been effectively gifting the money back to him, and you are free to choose to do this/ not to do this.
As long as there is no formal understanding about you agreeing to pay the rent back to your father in return for the gift of the property, you can stop this at any time. A gift is a gift - without conditions.
Can I clarify anything?
You are the legal owner, you have a (albeit verbal) contract with them - they will be in breach of contract and breach of their duty to you. You would look to bring a case for breach of contract and/ or breach of duty. You confirm your clear instructions about where the rent should be deposited and advise that if they fail to do this there will be a letter arriving from your solicitor in due course.
Hopefully it won't come to that. But if you do need a solicitor to write to them, then you will find one here:
I hope this assists.
If you have further questions, you can always come back to me.
In the meantime, if you could take a second to provide a 5 star rating (at the top right of your screen), I'll be credited for my time spent responding to your question.