Q: Can I find out when someone actually vacated a house I own half of?
I was quit claim deeded 1/2 a house/land when my step dad died. He also made provision for his gf to live there one year after he died. The house is now vacant but I believe she moved out long ago and my 1/2 sister, the other owner chose not to have her attorney notify mine that the house was vacated. Is this legal? I want to sell and get out of my 1/2 and this could have been done months ago if I had known.
A: If you have a half interest in a home as tenants in common with another owner, you can sell your interest without the other owner's permission. You can also file a partition action that requests that the court to order that the home be sold and the sales proceeds, split in accordance with your legal interest.
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A: It matters not when the vacation actually happened. If she is now out, you can sell your interest. Frankly you could have sold your interest at any time, but selling a 'half interest' in a house is not exactly easy. The only 'easy' sale would be to the other half owner, and it sounds like you may have some tension there.
I'd urge you to consult with a lawyer of your own and get this process started. I would also urge you to work with the other half owner to resolve this as court proceedings are expensive and not horribly satisfactory in the long run. Get local legal help ASAP.
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