My question involves real estate located in the State of: Wisconsin
My uncle owned vacation property that he shared with his siblings. We used a cottage on the property and he also allowed us to place a mobile home on the property 40 years ago. When he died, his wife got a life estate ownership of the property and we became remaindermen. She put a camping trailer on the property. The life estate holder and remaindermen shared the property amicably for years, dividing up the real estate taxes informally. A dispute a few years ago ended the amicable relationship. Law suits were resolved with mediation: the remaindermen were given access to the property a few weekends a year for a yearly rent payment.
The agreement expires this fall, and we are now negotiating a new agreement. The life estate holder has nearly doubled the rent amount. If we don't agree to the rent agreement, she says we must remove the mobile home, the deck and all of our possessions from the property, and have no further access to the property. The mobile home was on the property long before the life estate holder took possession. The mobile home is connected to a septic system, a well and has a deck attached to the front. The tires and hitch are still on the home, but being 50+ years old, the tires and bearings are not "roadworthy". The home rests on cement blocks. The home is at the end of a half mile, two rut road, with woods on either side. It would be difficult to remove the home even if it were still mobile. Can the life estate holder force us to remove the mobile home or have it removed herself?
I believe it to be a permanent improvement to the property. I contend that the life estate holder is technically required to maintain the home in its present condition, and that we need to be able to inspect it a few times per year, even without paying rent. If we can't agree on a rental amount, we should still be able to inspect the home a few times a year. Am I correct?