How long can a life tenant stay on a property?

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How long can a life tenant stay on a property?

My mother is terminally ill. When she passes, her husband will be given a life tenancy in her house but my brother and I will inherit it. Can he really stay until he dies?

Asked on November 19, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Connecticut

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

A life tenant has a legal tenancy until their death. The exceptions to this would be if they violate their duties as such a tenant. In other words, if they fail to maintain the premises or cause other "waste" to it. For example, they do not pay the property taxes, repair the roof, if needed, etc. In such an event, the "remainderman", that is the one who inherited the property and who takes it over upon the life tenant's death, can bring an action for the life tenant's removel.


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