Elkridge, MD asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Maryland

Q: I bought a house with a girlfriend in November of 2014. On a side note concerning my girlfriend paying utilities.

Every envelope on the outside in bold all caps red letters read the following, "DELINQUENT NOTICE, PAY IMMEDIATELY OR FACE POTENTIAL UTILITY TURN OFF". One month I finally opened one and there was a substantial amount due because she had not been paying the bill. This similar thing happened with our water bill too. So to recap. Her Father bought the house. He was never on the deed. I was always on the deed along with my girlfriend. I paid her Father $1,000 a month with interest worked into that number. I paid USAA home insurance. I paid property taxes twice a year. On average they were always somewhere between $2,500-$3,000. I paid to have the hardwood floors refinished in the entire house which cost about $4,000. Again, when my girlfriend and I broke up in June 2018 I met her at a notary public and signed a document her Father wrote that stated my signature signified I was off the deed. She still lives in the house which is now estimated to be valued at $380,000.

1 Lawyer Answer
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
  • Potomac, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: To recap, you need to review the real documents with a real lawyer. And, the next time you "signed a document her Father wrote that stated my signature signified I was off the deed" without reviewing it with a lawyer, you'll get exactly what the document might or might not say. What form of idiot does that? Bring your checkbook, and find out what you did. Or, explain why you don't care, because the utilities are in her house and turning them off will not affect you.

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