A family does not want to inherit a retirement flat because it is now worthless and would come with service charge liabilities.
The flat at Brook Court in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, is advertised for sale at £97,500 here
The flat is owned by an elderly woman, who has dementia and has been in care for more than three years. She is now dying, the family believes.
A separate local authority social services department has a charge on the property in excess of its value, and all the woman’s cash has gone.
For three years, the family have been trying to sell the Bovis property, but without success. They have also paid service charges.
The family are reconciled to the fact that this estate is valueless and therefore do not wish to inherit the property – or more accurately the service charges for a flat that at this point has no value.
Carlex has advised that the beneficiaries of this estate make it clear to the solicitor handling matters that they decline to inherit.
Our concern is that because family members have paid service charges in the past, have they now accepted on-going liability for the flat?
Also, even were the flat forfeited would the beneficiaries have liability for the outstanding service charges?
This must have happened to many other families, so it is surprising that Carlex has not been contacted on this issue in the past.