DEAR LEGAL WIZ,
I am a tenant in a family house where I found out the registered owner who is related to all these relatives collecting rent from me died. I got a summons for ‘recovery of possession’ to go to court and found out the person is a distance cousin after I started paying her my monies. She gave me a notice, but I was never rented anywhere from her. Should I ignore her and the summons?
The first rule is never ignore a court summons. Then you need to understand that if the court sees you as a tenant and the documents are done properly, the cousin can get an order to have you removed and for any rent owing.
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