688. Meaning of 'member of the tenant's family'.

The expression 'member of the tenant's family' is broadly construed, the test being whether an ordinary person would answer affirmatively the question whether the relevant person was a member of the tenant's family1. The test is to be applied as at the date of the tenant's death2.

The following person have been held to be members of the tenant's family: children3, grandchildren4, stepchildren and adoptive children (whether the adoption is formal or informal5), a husband6, brothers and sisters7, a person who, though not married to the tenant, bore him children8, a person who lived with the tenant for a substantial