If there has been a death in the household
Your housing rights might change if someone you live with dies. Having lived in your home for a long time doesn’t automatically give you the right to stay there.
The key issues that will affect your rights are:
- whether your home is rented or owner-occupied
- whether you have signed or been named in any legal documents relating to the property, such as a tenancy agreement, title deeds, or a will
- whether you have succession rights or rights under the rules of intestacy (this will depend on how you are related to the person who died and where you were living at the time of their death).
If the owner dies
If you live with the owner of your home and they die, your rights will depend on whether your name is also on the title deeds and whether the person left a will or not. If there is no will, special rules of intestacy will apply. This situation can be complicated – you’ll probably need help from a solicitor, who will be able to check the title deeds for you, the terms of any will, how to find out if there is a will, and on the rules of intestacy.