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

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Mick Roberts

14:21 PM, 4th May 2021
About 5 days ago

Reply to the comment left by Jay James at 03/05/2021 - 19:04Yes Jay,
I may have to reluctantly go against all the best advice & change the locks again if I don't hear from him as agreed today, as I feel we need the Police there just to suss whether they think he is there & what he is up to. I will of course give him keys & let him in, unless the Police say No sorry Don't believe u r here.
There's been lots of words from them dropping theirselves in it that he's not stopping there.

Mick Roberts

14:24 PM, 4th May 2021
About 5 days ago

Reply to the comment left by Jay James at 03/05/2021 - 19:07
Ha ha yes Jay, I was replying on me phone either last night or night before & I thought I'm sure I've just replied to two people two comments of mine, but only one was there.

Glad u said it too, so it wasn't me playing mind games on myself with everything going off.

I've let the site owners know that comments are indeed disappearing.

NewYorkie

16:02 PM, 4th May 2021
About 5 days ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 03/05/2021 - 19:00
Our solicitor advised against changing the locks, but couldn't say it was against the law. Just, it could cause 'problems' but without saying what problems. The Police will not get involved in a civil matter unless it causes a disturbance. In property more than anything else, 'occupation' seems to count for everything.

Mick Roberts

18:41 PM, 4th May 2021
About 5 days ago

Reply to the comment left by NewYorkie at 04/05/2021 - 16:02
Yes it appears changing locks (even when tenant has led u to believe has gone) is Illegal eviction.
But if I let tenant straight back in if they say Ooh I'm here & haven't gone, do we still get done is what I want to know.

They break in & it's Civil case though.

MargaretM

10:10 AM, 5th May 2021
About 5 days ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 04/05/2021 - 18:41
Yes, you do.
If you think the tenant has gone but not returned your keys or formally ended the tenancy then you have to put an Abandonment Notice on the door saying who they should contact for keys if the locks are changed. You also have to safeguard any possessions for a set period of time before disposing of them.

I had this problem with tenants who had been rehoused by the Council after I had a court order to evict them and they would not relinquish the keys. My solicitor was adamant I could not simply change the locks even though I knew they were living elsewhere and all the furniture had gone but they had left a load of rubbish etc. which they said meant they still had the tenancy!

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