Mark Steggles advises after an argument between two family members which has resulted in one member of the family potentially losing the property. Both the mother and aunt's name's were on the mortgage, but only the aunt's name is on the deeds. After the argument, the aunt is threatening to pass the property to charity upon her death.
Mark from our Dispute Resolution team suggests that the mother should apply to the Land Registry to register a restriction against the property title, noting their stake in it. “This would prevent a transfer of the property without their consent. Some restrictions even prevent the transfer of a property without a court order,” he says. But they will need to send some evidence of the arrangement made with the aunt, as well as of mortgage repayments they have made – that could be a stumbling block.
To click the following link to read the full article published by the Guardian on 6 January 2016: After a row with her great-aunt, my mother will lose a house