Who is responsible for the bills to an inherited house that you have moved into?
Question Details: My aunt died 8 months ago and I and everyone else agreed that I would take the house. About 2 months ago, my other aunt told me that I could move in. I did and I tried switching all the bills such as electric and heat into my name but she would not let me. The house was released to me n the 25th. I also want to collect the money that was left for me. The executor charged me the bills for the last 3 months and she also made me pay the taxes that came out on the 1st for the house. From my understanding, because the house was still in her name I thought she would be responsible for the taxes. I also at the time never entered into an agreement that I would pay the bills while I was there. So can she charge me for the past bills for the last 3 months and and taxes that came out of nothing was in my name yet?
Yes, you can be charged a "use and occupancy" fee for the value of the use and possession you make of the home--similar to rent--and/or your can be charged for the actual resouces you use or costs you cause (like utility bills). There is no right to live in another's property rent free or without paying for the services, etc. you use, and so long as the house was part of the estate, it was the estate's property, not yours--and the estate can collect, as stated, use and occupancy and/or seek reimbursement of costs you caused. Where, as here, you are being chared the actual pro rata costs of the home, that is an appropriate and fair amount for your possession of the home.