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I am from B.C and have a question: My parents bought a quarter

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I am from B.C and have a question: My parents bought a quarter section of land from their neighbours in 1989, they did not sub-divide the piece where the neighbours lived. They (meaning my parents and the neighbours) made an agreement that the neighbours could live there as long as they wanted. This was taken to a notary public and the neighbours were made life tenants . My parents paid for the land and received the land title. The neighbours have since moved to a nursing home in Alberta, where the woman has passed on already. What does the remaining neighbour, or his children have for rights? And also what rights do my parents have to work on, or live on, that land as they wish?
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The remaining neighbour has the right to live there for the rest of his life.

When he dies the life interest ends and then there is no one that has a right to live there. The kids do not inherit the life interest. The life interest is just for the life of those who have the interest.

Your parents can do what they like with their own land so long as it does not interfere with the life interest of the surviving neighbour.

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