Q: I was wondering what my legal obligations are as a co-owner to a home.
I was kicked out of my home and she had her family move in and is threatening to take legal action if I don’t pay my half of the mortgage. I’m willing to pay my half but I would like her family to move out. I was wondering how much legal power I have here and what would happen if I stopped paying my half.
As a co-owner of a home, you have the right to occupy the property and use it for residential purposes. You also have the right to receive any rental income that is generated from the property. However, you also have the obligation to pay your share of the mortgage payment, property taxes, and other expenses associated with maintaining the property.
In your situation, it sounds like your co-owner has violated your rights by kicking you out of the property and moving her family in. You have the right to take legal action to enforce your rights as a co-owner. However, you should also be aware that your co-owner may also have legal claims against you.
If you don't pay your half of the mortgage, your co-owner could foreclose on the property. This would mean that you would lose your ownership interest in the property. Your co-owner could also sue you for breach of contract.
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