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I'm very sorry that this has happened to you.
Evidently, you and your aunt never solidified this arrangement with a deed or a will or any other signed writing (this writing needs to have been signed by your aunt) to put the world on notice that she wanted you to have her house. Therefore, you do not have her house, and, without that writing, there is no legal way for you to prove that she told you that you can always live there.
If, though, you and your aunt DID put in writing that you can always live in the house, dig that writing out and take it to the Registrar of Deeds for your county and register it, then send a COPY of the document and a COPY of the registration receipt to the party who is trying to get you to buy or move. Registration will cost you some fees and possibly some taxes, but it will put on the public record that you have the right to stay in the house.
There's an old statute that descends to us from medieval England called the Statute of Frauds
(England, in fact, has abolished most of this statute, but it lives on fairly intact in each of the 50 United States). One provision of that statute is that all transactions in real estate must be in a signed writing in order to be valid. Without that signed writing (the signed writing can be a contract
, but it's usually either a deed or a will), there is no "squatters' right" to the house after only 15 years; squatters' rights (more formally called "adverse possession
") take 20 or 21 years (depending on which state the house is located in) of your living in the house without the consent of the then-current owner to become effective; in your case, that 20 or 21 year period would probably have started when your aunt died or perhaps when you received the demand to buy the house or move.
Unless you and your aunt memorialized this agreement that the two of you had that you could always stay in the house in a signed writing (signed by her), though, under the Statute of Frauds you must either purchase the house, arrange to rent the house from the now-current owner, or move. I am sorry.
If you have sunk money into the house, you may be able to sue your aunt's estate to recoup your expenses for the house. Make sure you can show receipts or at least cancelled checks. The law on this may vary from state to state, so you will need to consult with a real estate lawyer who is local to you and actually represents you for good information on that point.
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