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Landlord and Tenant Law Questions

Our parents gave us a rental property years before my mother went into care. A declaration of trust was drawn up at the time to enable them to receive the rental income. Now my mother is in residential care the council have included this income, as shown on bank statements, but will not allow any running expenses of the property. Is this legal?

My mother died last year leaving £26,000. Now the council says it shouldn’t have been paying her housing benefit, since she had capital in excess of £16,000, and wants the money back. However when my father died in 1990 he made my mother promise to give this money to her granddaughters. Will I be able to argue that the money was held in trust for them?

A new agency has taken over the management of our block of flats, and has not adhered to any of the terms and conditions of our agreement with them. Can we bring another agency in? It would involve a lot of work.

In January I got a letter from the council about a court order made in October 2010 regarding council tax arrears. A period of four years and four months has elapsed between the date of the court order and the correspondence. Is the 2010 court order still valid?

Two of my husband’s aunts shared a house. One died, leaving her half to my husband. The surviving aunt has now taken in a lodger: is my husband entitled to a share of the rent, and should the aunt be paying my husband anything to live there? So far he has received no benefit from his legacy.

We are housing association tenants and are concerned about our central heating. It’s oil-fired, which suits the property but we have been told that if the boiler breaks down we must switch to an electric system that we don’t want. Do we have a choice?

How long must I keep a rented property available for someone who has been sent to prison? I have just got the keys back and vacant possession when the lease expired after three years. Who is responsible for council tax during this period? The council has sent me a bill for half the normal amount.

I bought a holiday caravan on the coast. Three months later the site produced the most draconian set of rules I’ve ever come across, including a surcharge for late payment of fees. I’ve refused to pay this. Am I bound by the rules in these circumstances?

I moved out of a housing association flat last year. Two months later they contacted me to say I had caused damage, which was untrue. They are now claiming rent arrears and money for repairs and say they will instruct solicitors. Can they sue me without proof? Will they go to the time and expense of suing me?

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