Woman that’s been renting same home for years finds out deceased landlord left home under her name

What happens if your landlord passes away?

You can stay if the landlord decides to honor or extend your lease.

If, on the other hand, your new landlord decides to start over and cancels your lease, you might have to find another home to live.

For Jane Sayner, 75, the answer was none of these.

Jane Sayner has lived in St. Albans, Melbourne, Australia, for almost twenty years.

She rented a two-bedroom flat from St. Albans multimillionaire John Perrett for AUD$250 a week.

Ever since moving into the house, she has been paying the same amount.

Jane had put in 25 years at her previous employment before deciding she could no longer work there.

She has rent to pay, so she doesn’t even want to think about returning back.

She is thankfully spared.

Her landlord, John Perrett, passed away in September 2020.He was a multimillionaire, although he never married or had children.However, he had a kidney transplant thirty years before he passed away, which extended his life.

John was grateful that a substantial amount of his fortune—roughly AUD$18.6 million—went to the Nephrology Department at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

A flat sold for AUD$400,000 was bequeathed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Two properties were entrusted to long-term tenants, Jane being one of them.

In fact, John gave Jane the two-bedroom apartment; she now owns the house she once rented.

Jane had, however, heard about this previously.

John actually called her one day to ask her full name.

“My solicitor is here, could you please give me your full name, because I’m leaving you your unit,” he stated over the phone one day. I believed that I had misheard. For sure not. Jane recalled, “(Leaving all his money to charity) was always what he was going to do, for the whole time I had known him.”

Jane must have been relieved that the house was now hers, even though she was grieved by John’s passing.

Since moving in more than 20 years ago, she has surely added comfort to the area.

I took care of this home as though it were my own. There was no garden at the back when I moved here. I planted a lot of plants and flowers while I was living here, and they are still here today,” Jane said.

John encouraged Jane to make the apartment feel more like home rather than becoming upset.
He also brought his father’s old pots, which Jane might use to cultivate additional plants.

Without a doubt, John and Jane were friends rather than merely landlord and renter.

John would tell Jane about his father after they had been talking for approximately an hour.

Sometimes she would cook for him, too.

Not only was John childless and unmarried, but he was also raised by himself.

Given that Jane had showed him friendship, it made sense for him to offer her the unit.

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