I am trying to answer the problem Q below - I am not sure if my answer is correct so far....
So if anyone could let me know if it is along the right lines or whether I have answered any of it incorrectly, that would be very helpful.
Andrew is the owner of a large country house, Bryon Manor, which he purchased 5 years ago. In April last year he was offered an opportunity to move to Australia with work, and rather than selling the house, decided to rent it our for a year. His friend Brenda agreed to move in and pay £100 a month. As Brenda was doing Andrew a favour and they had known each other since childhood, she agreed that there was no need to formalise the arrangement.
In November Brenda received a letter from a solicitor stating that she had been left £750,000 by a long lost elderly relative. Since was was enjoying living in the house so much she emailed Andrew to see if he would be willing to sell the property to her. He said that he would be happy to do so, but wasn't sure yet whether he would be returning to the UK. However, if he decided to sell the property then she would have the first right of refusal to purchase the property for £500,000.
In December Brenda's son Charlie lost his job in a record store and moved in with Brenda, filling two of the bedrooms with his records and DJ equipment. Fed up with the noise from his music, Brenda decided to take a holiday and she went to visit Andrew in Australia. However, on the first day she and Andrew argued, and rather than staying with him she spent the month travelling round the country.
In the meantime Andrew received a letter from Dominic, a local hotelier, offering to Byron Manor for £600,000 in order to convert it into a luxurious retreat. Concerned about the downturn in the property market in the UK, Andrew immediately accepted the offer and contracted to sell the property. Dominic had not visited the property (against the advice of his solicitor) but when he asked Andrew whether anyone was living at the property, Andrew replied that his friend Brenda was house sitting.
Before Brenda returns to the UK she is shocked to discover through her local newspaper website that the property is shortly to be sold to Dominic's hotel group. The news story has also worried Elena (Andrew's neighbour) who has used a path through the grounds of Byron Manor as a shortcut to her property for the past 30 years, and Frederick (Andrew's uncle) who helped him to purchase the property in 2004 with a contribution of £350000.
What would your advice be to each of the parties?