Posted by Fred Lappert on August 09, 1997 at 23:57:29:
In Reply to: Lifetime tenancy posted by Nancy on August 09, 1997 at 19:39:46:
: My parents gave their single-family home to my younger sister and her
husband with the written condition that they would have lifetime tenancy
there. My sister and her husband and my parents all live there together.
My questions are does my sister have the right to decide who gets to visit
with my parents, do my parents need permission from my sister to have
grandchildren overnight on occasion, can my parents hold dinner parties
without my sister's permission? Generally, what rights do my parents and
my sister have under this stipulation?
"Tenancy" usually involves rent and a lease or agreement, which outlines
rights and responsibilities in addition to those rights guaranteed by
law. This sounds like a hybrid situation unless your parents have a separate
unit within the house and they pay some consideration. Then their rights
would be more clear. It doesn't even sound like a roommate situation. Do
the parents retain some ownership rights? This sounds more like a family
matter than a legal matter.
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