How do I stop my brother-in-law treating my house as his own?

Tell Me About It: ‘We inherited the family home but the brother was part of the deal’

Set boundaries - it’s the only way to move forward. Photograph: iStock

Set boundaries - it’s the only way to move forward. Photograph: iStock

Question: My husband and I inherited his parents’ home, and we retired early (our children are all independent) and moved a few years ago and it is a beautiful place.

Unfortunately, it is not all bliss; alongside inheriting a fabulous home we got landed with a bumbling idiot who visits us far too often. This might sound harsh, but my husband’s brother comes to stay every month and every minute is painful. He is a bachelor and lives in rented accommodation in the city; this was his family home and he has come here to visit all his adult life.

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