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What is a 'house', what is a 'home'

PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:50 pm
by Farmer
Today I heard something that is interesting: In the US, a 'house' is something that you own and can pass on to your heirs. A 'home' is something that is in a commercial environment and cannot be passed on to your heirs. so for example, you can rent a 'home', but you can't rent a 'house'. I wonder whether this is the same in the UK.

Re: What is a 'house', what is a 'home'

PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:25 pm
by Jim
"Home" is where I live. A "house" is somewhere I might go to stay for a while (like when I visit my parents for example) but it's not where I live.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:34 pm
by Farmer
Well for me its my house or someone else's if I am renting, but always my home. I may visit someone else's home which would be in their house or someone else's if they are renting.

I will need to look at this closer to see what the legal standings are here in the UK because in the US a home cannot be your castle as far as the system is concerned.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:47 pm
by jonboy
In the Uk they send out documents addressed to "HOME OWNER" never "HOUSE OWNER" ?? I wonder if "HOME" is a legal fiction?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:18 pm
by Farmer
That is what it appears to be in the US. A 'home' is in the commercial world; a 'house' is under common law.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:30 pm
by holy vehm
i wonder where the phrase 'an englishmans castle is his home' comes from? and why its not 'an englishmans castle is his house'
an englishmans castle is his home doesnt seem to apply anymore, its been over ridden by statute law. under statute law any number of people can enter your home/house against your will, but not under common law i believe.
i wonder how old that phrase is?
is a house the bricks and mortar and a home the spirtitual, a home is what you make of a house?
sorry farmer but more questions than answers im afraid.

Re: What is a 'house', what is a 'home'

PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:53 pm
by jonboy
You are entitled to dump a pile of bricks on your land. But should you decide to stack the said bricks in a certain way, creating a weatherproof enclosure, otherwise known as a "home". Then someone will take offence, and bulldoze said "home" so it becomes a pile of bricks once more. :rotfl:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:44 pm
by huntingross
Found this maxim :

Every man's house is his castle.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:59 am
by Happydancer
I wish i could of wrote this.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6151624.stm

Pete