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Can you clarify - are you still in the property that your mother left you?
If so, and your sister has agreed for you to remain there, why do you need to contact her?
Thank you, ***** ***** more sense.
If you are joint tenants of the property, you are each responsible for the whole. In this case, you can go ahead and complete the work.
Make sure you keep receipts for everything you spend. When it then comes to time to sell, you will be able to deduct the costs you have incurred and effectively pay yourself back before dividing the remaining proceeds of sale.
If you are tenants in common, each owning a defined 50% share, then she should be contributing half at this stage, but in reality the above approach of you paying and then claiming back at the point of sale may work better. This is because if she has to start contributing towards repairs she is perhaps more likely to decide to push for a sale (she is entitled to do this, she can force a sale even if you don't want to sell or can't afford another home locally).
I hope that this answers your question?
I understand. I'm afraid that sometimes it is necessary to see a solicitor though, if you need to progress matters.
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