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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on

Q: Is it aginst the law for a non profit church to rent the parsonage out for 8 years

I have been renting the parsonage from the church in my town for 8 years a few months ago i got a letter saying that my boys and i have until june 1st to be out found out that the whole time i had been paying the church for rent that they were a non profit church. Is that even legal?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Jun 3, 2019

It is not illegal for a nonprofit organization to rent property.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on

Q: Who is responsible if a tenant leaves utilities past due before moving out in MO if all utilities are in tenants name?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on May 22, 2019

Between the landlord and tenant, the tenant is responsible. But the utility companies will usually go after whomever they can get to pay and they will not turn utilities on until they are paid, so the burden often falls on the landlord. The landlord is then stuck trying to go after the tenant for... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Missouri on

Q: If I lived in a house for 13 years and it was three years behind on taxes and the owner decided he didn't want it and it

If it Sold for back taxes do I as a tennant since I've been there for 13 years have more rights than anybody on the purchase

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on May 21, 2019

You still have tenant rights and the new owner will have to take the proper legal steps to remove you, but your rights are not superior to the new owner's.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Missouri on

Q: I inherited house with relative who lives there and not caring for it. Can I deed my half with no future consequences?

I live out of town. I pay the taxes and relative had agreed to pay all else. She is not and also not caring for house. I can not afford to cover for her. I do not want anything else to do with it as I feel the value of this small home decreases every month. Selling is out of question as my relative... Read more »

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on May 7, 2019

You can transfer your ownership interest to your relative by signing a Quitclaim Deed and recording it in the county where the property is located.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on

Q: Where is the form to request a stay of eviction in missouri

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on May 1, 2019

There is no stay of eviction available in Missouri unless you have filed Bankruptcy.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on

Q: is a landlord required to hand deliver a "notice to vacate" in person to a tenant?

some one (I assume from the management co.) placed a printed page stating it was a notice to vacate on our storm door. we never saw that person.

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on May 1, 2019

Eviction notices are not required to be delivered in person or by the landlord. A notice on your door is sufficient, as long as the notice contains the proper language and gives adequate notice pursuant to your lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Missouri on

Q: If I have a Missouri collector’s deed and want to give the property to my father, what do I need to do to make it happen

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on May 1, 2019

Your best option is a Quitclaim Deed, which passes your ownership interest to your father without warranties.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Missouri on

Q: My mother is recently deceased. She had a trust. Within the trust was her personal checking account. Any dividends,

etc were reported and paid on her personal income tax. I am in need of getting an EIN number since I am the successor and her ss is void at this point. We are in Missouri but I need to know which form to file for this.

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on May 1, 2019

You can get an EIN number through the federal IRS website online. There is no fee to do this.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Missouri on

Q: how do I help my minor child recieve his fathers inheritance as his legal guardian?? He had no will and he owned a house

My childs grandmother (fathers mom) is trying to get me to sign it over to her so she can pay her personal debts. Do I need a lawyer or does probate court handle itself??

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Apr 11, 2019

You will need to go through probate as guardian of your son. The father's estate should not be used to pay his mother's personal debts. You should hire an attorney who will agree to be paid out of the estate.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Real Estate Law for Missouri on

Q: I was wondering if i needed a license to wholesale homes in the state of misouri?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Apr 1, 2019

You do not need a license to purchase and sell homes that you own in Missouri.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Agricultural Law for Missouri on

Q: Property in my family for over 60 years. neighbor had survey done. now says 11 of our acres is his. what to do?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Mar 24, 2019

You should get your own survey done, based on the deed on file in your family's name at the Recorders office.

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2 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Missouri on

Q: My neighbor would like to change our property line (which is odd). We are in agreement. What steps need to be taken?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Mar 9, 2019

You should have a surveyor prepare the new legal descriptions of both properties. Then a deed needs to be prepared transferring the parcel being transferred. A lawyer can do that. But start with a surveyor.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on

Q: Can an apartment complex make me purchase their limited liability policy and refuse mine through Statefarm?

New ownership company and upon receiving my lease renewal letter, they state I'm going to be automatically enrolled in their limited liability policy for $9.75 a month and that I can cancel my policy through Statefarm. I'm in property management, and I'm not sure they can legally do this. My... Read more »

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Feb 12, 2019

The answer to this question lies in the language in your lease. Check the paragraph about insurance. It will control your responsibilities and obligations.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Missouri on

Q: We bought a house in Oct of 2018. The seller paid the taxes for 2018 and then our lending co. paid it again. County sent

the check back to us, lending co. told us to send it bck to them. They sent it to the new lending co. & now they sent it to county again. We are told that they are keeping it until 2020 & then will do analysis. Shouldn't we get this $ back now?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Jan 30, 2019

It sounds like your real estate taxes are rolled into your mortgage payments. Usually at closing taxes are prorated between buyer and seller for the year. If the county was paid twice, the overpayment goes to the mortgage lender. The lender usually re-analyzes the tax and insurance amount once each... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on

Q: Can the property owner of my house give me a same day eviction by text message?

I am the previous owner of the property. It sold at foreclosure auction on 9/11/18. The current owner agreed to let me rent the property until 3/15/19. My son took his own life 10/26/18, & my granddaughter passed away 12/6/18. The expense of 2 funerals in just over a month caused me a major... Read more »

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Jan 29, 2019

Your rental agreement should protect you - particularly if it is i writing. And more than one days' notice is required for any eviction.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Family Law and Real Estate Law for Missouri on

Q: Abstract 1948 begins having verbage "except road right of way", No amount specified. How do I find the distance allow

In the abstract there is nothing regarding road right of way until this time. Abstract dates from 1859. There is no amount listed as to what the road right of way is. How do I find out what is allowable as the county is starting to encroach upon my fenced property with their road. Is there a... Read more »

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Jan 28, 2019

I am not aware of a state statute that defines the width of roadways, but some counties have such ordinances. Your best bet is to search the ordinances in your particular county, which can be done online.

2 Answers | Asked in Constitutional Law, Consumer Law and Real Estate Law for Missouri on

Q: What is the amount of time a tenant has to move when a house changes ownership and their rent is up to date?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Jan 24, 2019

Generally speaking, a landlord - even a new owner - has to give 30 days' written notice to terminate a lease. Your lease may have other provisions. If you don't have a lease, it is 30 days, and the notice should be in writing.

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Probate for Missouri on

Q: Filing a show-cause order on previous owner to answer why they should not pay repairs they knew existed

Seller stated new roof complete new roof 5 years ago Roof has got rotten spots in the plywood bathroom floors got rotten spots in the plywood around the toilet and the tub seller's installed ceramic tiles over to cover it up painted the ceiling is kills Staind blocker and smell blocker I like to... Read more »

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Jan 19, 2019

As the petitioner, you are correct that you will have the burden of proving sellers knew about these conditions. This can be shown in many ways: repairs done, older photographs, statements by neighbors, etc. The burden is by a preponderance of the evidence, so more likely true than not.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law and Stockbroker Fraud for Missouri on

Q: If an individual acquires property by fraud and the real owner was unable to locate or recover who is the true owner

The father was a cpa but the son put the property in his name using a poa assigned to the father. Unknown for some time and while trying to locate the cpa not realizing it was taken the same day of the assigned poa. True owner receiving 3266.00 through a 3 yr period for 166 acres of prime resort... Read more »

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Jan 9, 2019

If the son had the father's power of attorney, son had a fiduciary duty to act in father's best interest. Questions like this usually come down to what is provable in court and the credibility of the witnesses.

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