Removing Sister from a joint ownership property?

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10:13 AM, 27th April 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Removing Sister from a joint ownership property?

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Removing Sister from a joint ownership property?

Hi Guys – My sister and I were left our mothers house several months ago and my sister is refusing to sell the house or pay the utility bills and is living in the house by her own choice and without my permission.

I am now receiving threatening letters from the gas and electricity company over non payment as they have been put into my name.

I’ve read a couple of articles about landlords rights as with regards to disconnecting supplies and having their hands tied. As I am receiving no rent and there is no tenancy agreement, then can I request to have the gas and electricity supply cut off?

Thanks
Harry

Comments

Graham Bowcock

13:29 PM, 27th April 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by NewYorkie at 27/04/2021 - 12:27
As a valuer who deals mainly with disputes, I am increasingly having to risk assess access to some properties. I am surprised by nothing these days and the "entitlement" phenomena is getting worse.

NewYorkie

13:43 PM, 27th April 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Graham Bowcock at 27/04/2021 - 13:29
The Law, especially for property, is so easily exploited by anyone who lacks morals, and won't be changed because it is so profitable for the legal profession [who draft the laws!].
I had a friend who offered to 'resolve' the situation, no questions asked! Most of us don't live by those rules, but it was so tempting at the time.

MargaretM

14:20 PM, 27th April 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by NewYorkie at 27/04/2021 - 13:43
It's so hard when someone is behaving so badly and in this case a sister.

Crossed_Swords

22:23 PM, 27th April 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Was the house transferred into your joint names after your mother died? If you wanted to sell, then really you should have done this rather than the transfer as now there's no incentive. You will need professional advice.

Harry Trump

23:59 PM, 27th April 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Ian Cognito at 27/04/2021 - 12:07
The utilities company put the bills in my name after I complained to the energy ombudsman about them trying to settle the account for several thousand pounds less than what was overpaid. Both my sister and I are named executors, I understand about filing a section 50, but I’m reluctant to do so as for the cost and time involved in such proceedings.

Harry Trump

0:13 AM, 28th April 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by MargaretM at 27/04/2021 - 11:07
Thank you for your reply Margaret, I most definitely intend to have the gas and electricity cut-off, even if it’s to my own detriment with regards to my credit rating...

MargaretM

8:56 AM, 28th April 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Harry Trump at 28/04/2021 - 00:13
It must be really hard given it is your sister but you have no choice. Does she have income and could therefore pay these bills?

Silver Flier

9:07 AM, 28th April 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Another thing you haven't told us is how long your sister has been living in the house. Did she move in after your mother's death? Or perhaps she has been living there for a long time, looking after your mother, and regards it as her home, even if you own half. If she doesn't have a home of her own, or any money, where do you expect her to move to?
Your relationship with your sister is clearly at a very low ebb. You need to invest the time required to improve it and then try to find an amicable solution with her. Failing that, as others have said, you will be at the mercy of solicitors who will be delighted to relieve you of large amounts of cash, compared to which her utility bills will look insignificant.

Harry Trump

10:05 AM, 28th April 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Silver Flier at 28/04/2021 - 09:07
She moved in whilst my mother was in a nursing home after her suffering a massive stroke(sister hardly ever visited) she then sold her home and moved in there and yes my relationship with my sister is most definitely at a low ebb!!!

Harry Trump

10:09 AM, 28th April 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by MargaretM at 28/04/2021 - 08:56
Yes she does, but changing these bills into her name could give her more rights...

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