By mutual, verbal agreement I am living in a friend’s previously empty second property rent-free. She left it in a good state of repair. She has told me I can stay here for as long as I like while she is alive. She receives no remuneration whatsoever. I have furnished the house myself and I pay all the bills associated with living here: gas, electricity, council tax etc. And I’m registered to vote here.
I have complete trust in my friend. Nevertheless:
– Am I a tenant, or licensee, or neither?
– What are my rights now?
– What would my rights be if my friend died?
– What are my friend’s obligations, and mine, when it comes to repairs – minor or major?