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As life estate owner, you have the absolute right to the peaceful, quiet, and private enjoyment of the house while you are alive. You also have the right to rent the property out during your life. Julia has no legal right to come and live in the house. You can absolutely prohibit that, including changing the locks to prevent her entry. She only has the right to periodically inspect the property to make sure it is being maintained, but she must give you notice of this. As a life estate owner, you are obligated to pay real estate taxes assessed against the property during the Life Tenancy, protect the property from tax sales, and keep the property free from encumbrances and not to allow the property to just go to waste. That means that you have to maintain the property, but not make improvements. Julia is responsible for paying insurance on the property.
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