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Readers’ forum: Mother and son

07 January 2020
Issue: 4726 / Categories: Forum & Feedback
Holdover relief on farmhouse not occupied by the owner.

My client came into ownership of a farm and farmhouse in May 1998 on the death of her father. From the time she became owner until December 2010 the farmhouse remained vacant. From December 2010 her son moved into the farmhouse after spending his own money on the house to make it habitable. During the years that the house was vacant it was being used by the son and the client’s husband to change into their work clothes to store drugs for animals for interviews with vets and meal salesmen and for other such similar activities.

The client’s son had been always been an employee on the farm but by the date he moved into the farmhouse he had become a partner in the farm alongside his mother. My client would now like to give the farmhouse yard and a shed with a...

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