I would suggest you obtain a statutory declaration from your grandfather stating that he has no objection to you and your girlfriend residing at the property for the duaration of her stay.
You may also wish to produce a copy of the title deeds downloaded from the Land registry website.
Finally, I would also suggest you prepare a Sponsorship Declaration for yourself stating that you will be responsible for maintenance and accomm,odation for your girlfriend for the duration of her stay.
If you wish to discuss, please feel free to ask further questions.
Thanks for your prompt reply.
The answer is valid but there is a slight twist to this as my grandfather is uncontactable, nobody knows where he is or if he is still alive or not, as he left the UK 20 years ago. verbally he said to me to live in the house, maintain it and that was it ! The rest of my family know this and it is not an issue as he has several properties and has done the same for my brothers and sisters. This might sound strange but it is true.
Where do I stand now to prove that I have suitable accomodation to accomodate my guest? Does the ECO ultimately want to see the deeds or have an explaination on my circumstances, I really don't want to open up a can of worms for my situation, as if my grandfather has passed away then death duties are due etc etc. I have as mentioned hve Council Tax bills, utility bills all in my name for this address, is this enough to satisfy them on my accomodation?
I am afraid if your grandfather is untraceble, this causes difficulties. You will still have to prepare a statutory declaration, but you may also wish to look into registering for adverse possession of the property.
The best thing to do in this situation is prepare a detailed letter of sponsorship from a local solicitor. This can be done in the form of an affidavit or statutory declaration.
If you wish to discuss, please feel free to ask further questions
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