League City, TX asked in Civil Litigation and Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico

Q: Brother is heir of 3 parts of house same brother also purchased land from Municipal can another heir make brother sell

8 heirs, 2 of 8 gave their rights of property to a brother. That brother bought the land the house is on from the Municipal. Can other heirs make brother sell the house and land

1 Lawyer Answer
Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
  • San Juan, PR
  • Licensed in Puerto Rico

A: The Puerto Rico Civil Code states that no co-owner can be forced to remain in a property community. Any one of the remaining 5 heirs with a vested interest in the real estate property may go before the Puerto Rico courts to force a sale of the property, unless the heir with a majority share buys them out. Regardless of whether they go to court or settle out of court, I definitely recommend that the property be appraised by a licensed appraiser, to have a concrete idea of what the proportionate shares of the other heirs would be valued at.

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