New Delhi: The Delhi High Court said on Tuesday that a son, irrespective of his marital status, has no legal right to live in the self-acquired house of his parents and can stay with them only at their “mercy”.

The court also said parents can permit son to live in their house as long as the relations are cordial, but that doesn’t mean they have to bear his burden throughout his life.

“Where the house is self-acquired house of the parents, son whether married or unmarried, has no legal right to live in that house and he can live in that house only at the mercy of his parents up to the time the parents allow,” Justice Pratibha Rani said in an order.

“Merely because the parents have allowed him to live in the house so long as his relations with the parents were cordial does not mean that the parents have to bear his burden throughout his life,” the court said.

The pronouncement came after a man and his wife challenged the order of a trail court which had passed the judgement in favour of the parents.

The parents, both senior citizens had filed a suit asking their son and daughter-in-law to vacate the floors in their possession. They had told the court that their life had become “hell” because of their son and his wife.

The son and daughter-in-law had claimed that they were the co-owners of the property.

However, the court passed the judgement in the favour of parents.