Our expert says:
Again, good legal advice is essential, as the ultimate issue is likely to be what is possible, not, sadly, what would be fair. As the flat or whatever, she built on his property added to its value, I'd have thought he should have paid her a proportion of the profits from his sale, to make up for that.
And one of the lessons we all need to learn from this is that even though it seems you ought to be able to trust your family, one ultimaely cannot, and agreements have to be in writing --- one can't just "assume" that an arrangement will be for life. I think somewhere in law verbal agreements can be binding, but NOT when it comes to property. This might be counted against her on the argument that any long0term agreement about her right to live there should have been i writing, but then any agreement that he could sell it from under her feet and take the extra profit, should have been in writing, too. And there may be something in law about selling property with a sitting tenant. Find a good lawyer. And check out whetherm, in view of her tender financial state, the free law clinic at your nearest Law School could help at little or no cost, and maybe even the Human Rights Commission could be interested
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