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Property Questions

My father left my mother over a year ago and has disappeared without trace. The house is in his name only. Could he sell it without my mother’s consent, or could he leave the house in his will to someone outside the family? If my father doesn’t reappear, will my mother ever be able to sell the house?

We bought a week of timeshare on a holiday park six years ago, and paid extra so we could take our week at any time of the year. The timeshare company has since been taken over, and they’re now refusing our request for a peak season week. Can they change the conditions of our timeshare ownership contract?

Before buying a new house we discussed the kitchen design with the builder. But when we moved in, the wall between the kitchen and the dining room was out of line so we couldn’t fit a normal size fridge in. Are we entitled to compensation?

We had a house with a sitting tenant and put it up for sale by auction through an estate agent, paying £1,000 for this service. In the event we contacted a private buyer before the auction brochure went into print, agreed a price and sold the house. Now the estate agent wants a further £1,000 from us, even though they didn’t sell it. We only got £56,000 for the property.

I live in a small terrace of four houses with the drainage facilities connected to the end house where the cesspool is situated. The owner of the end house has died and the property is for sale. I have been given notice that I will no longer have use of this facility, which I have been connected to for about 25 years. Do I have any right to challenge this?

We bought some land from the council in the 1980’s. The council included a covenant restricting its use. We now want to sell, but no-one will buy it with the covenant in place and the council want a lot of money to remove it. We are told that if the covenant holder has no adjacent land the covenant is void. Is this true?

How long are covenants enforceable? Who has a right to remove them? Are they passed on to successive owners of a building or a property? Do planning departments have a legal duty to take covenants into account when debating planning applications?

I’m divorced, and as part of the financial settlement my husband was allocated 25% of the house and a charge has been registered against the property to reflect this. This is due to come into effect on my death; but what would happen if my ex-husband died before me?

How can I find out who I should be paying my ground rent to? We bought our house nearly 50 years ago, but for the last two years our cheques have been returned, and our solicitors haven’t had any luck in tracing the person we should be paying now. I’d like to clear up this minefield.

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