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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Real estate listing claims former owner is buried in house's backyard

Estate planningHeads up: You should check a house's history BEFORE you buy it. 

As you probably know, every house is unique, as is its character and history; and some houses have more character and history than others. This is especially true for a home in England in which the previous owner is buried where the garden used to be.

Relatives of the previous owner put the house up for sale last September and according to the description, the owner had lived in the house their entire life. The owner's last wish was to be "laid to rest in the garden." 

The home's listing stated, "Please be aware this property is being sold by family members as part of a relatives estate. It was the deceased's wishes to be buried in the garden as he was born and died in the house. This wish has been carried out and the property will be sold as is." The listing included that the house was being sold "with no onward chain" which means that the owner isn't wait on money from the sale of the house to move out. 

Although, the burial situation is an odd feat of the home, it also includes solar panels, a wood-burning stove and three-bedrooms. 

See Michael Hollan, Real estate listing claims former owner is buried in house's backyard, Fox News, January 19, 2021.


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