My client is the life tenant of his late mother’s Will Trust. He has a life tenancy in his late mother’s house. The trustees were two of his brothers. One of them has always been very difficult and demanding, and the other died recently. The mother left a Codicil specifying that if either or both trustees were unable to act “after her lifetime” then her other three children should be trustees in the order set out in the Codicil.
The surviving brother/trustee has completely ignored this and has instructed solicitors to appoint his daughter as second trustee. His solicitors have interpreted the wording of the Codicil to mean that the other three children would be trustees only if either or both initial trustees predeceased their mother.
My client has now received a letter from the trustees, ordering him to, inter alia, fit carbon monoxide detectors in every room containing a gas appliance, and to obtain a “full property assessment and EPC. Following a regulation change with regards to MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) one must be in place for your tenancy. This has been outstanding since 1st April 2020.”
This seems to me to be completely over the top, and designed simply to hassle my client. He always provides the trustees with annual insurance updates, and copies of gas certificates etc. I would be very grateful for any thoughts or advice on the situation.