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QLD Inheritance - Can Family Friends Claim Ownership of Property?

Discussion in 'Property Law Forum' started by Chace, 24 September 2016.

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  1. Chace

    Chace Member

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    Recently gained inheritance of a family property. Friends of my deceased family are staying in the house rent free. Is there any time limit or any way they can claim ownership of our property?
     
  2. Tim W

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    Has there been a Grant of Probate, and
    if so, has the property (house?) been transferred into your name yet?

    Is there anything specific in the will?

    Are they guests, or tenants, staying there under a less form arrangement,
    or are they maybe even squatters?
     
  3. Rod

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    Yes. As Tim says, look at the will. And after 30 years possession, they can claim adverse possession.

    The longer you leave something like this, the harder it can become to move them on.
     
  4. Iamthelaw

    Iamthelaw Well-Known Member

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    Similar to what Tim asks, has the property been transferred into your name? Has it been left solely to you alone or to you and some one else etc?

    It's hard to claim a title as the indefeasibly principle of the Torrens title system is pretty solid, except in instances of fraud.
     

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