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Inherited house left vacant

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asked on Apr 22, 2015 at 13:20
by   Mandy
My dad bought the house and died 20 years ago and my mum died recently, there are 5 surviving children. Nothing was done to transfer anything. House was left vacant. Neighbour is worried if there's any fire or abandon too long, it may affect the neighbours too (terrace house). If a fire occur and house is not covered with insurance, what are the liabilities to the children? Children are grown-ups all living in other states.
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answered on Apr 22, 2015 at 15:11
by   Jeff
My dad bought the house and died 20 years ago and my mum died recently
House under single or joint names. If single name, how in the world you all have bought insurance coverage for the past 20 years?

Neighbour is worried if there's any fire or abandon too long, it may affect the neighbours too (terrace house).
Correct. There are thousands of such abandon houses due to missing heirs as oppose to nominees. These types of houses are public nuisances and a danger to others. What happens if it catches fire in the middle of the night and there are "OKU' ppl living next door. Do reflect upon oneself it is not the insurance issue but lives at stake and there are no legal recourses for the victims as the owner has died intestate. It is on the onus of your ex neighbours to buy fire insurances on their own homes.

what are the liabilities to the children?
How to be liable when you all are not the owner of the house.?

There maybe, are laws governing such cases but tedious and costly. Get the services of a good Conveyancing Lawyer. It may take 10years but at least there is a solution to these types of problems.
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answered on Apr 22, 2015 at 18:13
by   Mandy
Single name and fully paid for when he died. I believe no insurance from thereon and nothing transferred.
I thought after dad died, my mother is entitled to 1/3 and 2/3 shared among the children.
So now, after mom died, does it mean the children inherited the house, shared equally?
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answered on Apr 22, 2015 at 20:27
by   jeff005
So now, after mom died, does it mean the children inherited the house, shared equally?
Yes..

What is the issue with the 5th child who do not want to sell the house.??

The 4 of you can take physical possession of the house and rent it out, the moneys put it in a bank account for maintenances of the property and for transparency in the event of future dispute or even rent free to a charity home for orphans or destitute people in honour of your parents. There is nothing legally the 5th child can do... The mouths of 4 outweights the 1 small guy..

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