Renting out one's late father's house

Q: We are in the process of selling my late fathers house. We are 4 brothers and 3 sisters. We are aware what the split is under Islamic shariah law. The question is this:

The house is on the market but is not selling as the market in the UK is very volatile. I have been advised that as it’s inheritance, the house needs to be sold and each person should be given their shares. One or two brothers and sisters have indicated that we should rent the house until the market picks up. I object to this on the term that it’s inheritance and needs to be disposed of ASAP and to leave it empty and on the market until it gets sold.

Can you give me some guidance on this. There is no loan on the house and my late father was free of any debts.

A: Renting it out is a good suggestion.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)