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The Council will not receive the property in any event.
If there is no Will then the property will stand empty until the Estate is claimed - and if it is not claimed then it will revert to the crown.
You certainly cannot simply change the locks and rent the property out - and tenants would have a right to claim damages from you if the rightful owners came along - and squatting is indeed now illegal.
You woudl have to take possession of the property - pay all the bills on it and keep it in good repair for 10 years before having a potential claim
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how long has it been since your neighbour died?
It is too early to do anything at this stage without risking criminal prosecution
Three months is no time at all in the Probate process and you shoudl not contemplate doing anything at all until say two years have passed.
Be aware that no locksmith will change the locks unless you can prove you are entitled to do so - so you will have to deal with that yourself.
So you do decide to take action then a fence with a key and using the garden would indeed show use of the property.
Entering the house would be trespass but without doing so you will not be able to make a claim at all.
You cannot charge people to store things there - it is not your property. If you do charge people then you would have to pay every penny to a relative - withOUT claiming any costs