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Where one family member moves in with another and will make a contribution towards household bills but will not pay rent, how should this occupation be documented? On the death of the family member who owns the property, will the other family member have a right to remain at the property?

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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 15/04/2020

The following Property Disputes Q&A produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Where one family member moves in with another and will make a contribution towards household bills but will not pay rent, how should this occupation be documented? On the death of the family member who owns the property, will the other family member have a right to remain at the property?

Where one family member moves in with another and will make a contribution towards household bills but will not pay rent, how should this occupation be documented? On the death of the family member who owns the property, will the other family member have a right to remain at the property?

It is not uncommon that a family member will move into a property owned (or let) by another, on an informal basis. That incoming family member may make contributions to the property whether towards rent, bills or otherwise. In most such circumstances, there will be no formal arrangement or documentation.

As is clear from Street v Mountford, a tenancy may arise where there is exclusive possession for a term at a rent. Therefore, if, for example, the property included a self-contained annex or flat, and the family member was paying a rent and had exclusive possession of those separate premises, there would be a good argument to suggest that a tenancy (or, as

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