If I’ve been living in my dad’s house since before he passed and I still live there and pay all of the bills, can my siblings evict me?

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If I’ve been living in my dad’s house since before he passed and I still live there and pay all of the bills, can my siblings evict me?

Asked on November 30, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Illinois

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you are living in your deceased father's home as a tenant paying the bills for the property's upkeep, only the representative of your father's estate can seek to have you evicted. Your siblings in their capacity as siblings cannot have you evicted from the unit you are writing about.

As a practical matter, it is always best to have a home occupied by a person for many reasons as to having it empty. The benefits are that some semblance of rent is presumably paid, the occupant can keep an eye on the property for any problems with it such as water intrusion or rodent infestation, and an occupied home is less subject to a break in and robbery by third parties.


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