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Q: If I move out of a house I'm renting and name is own the leasecan my spouse move another person in?

Divorce, we both signed the lease I do not live their but he moved his girlfriend in

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Q: I have over $3,800 in escrow left over from last year. My mortgage company is refusing to return it to me even though

my property and school taxes aren’t going up.

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Q: Do I have to pay for title search if the mortgage falls through?

I signed a purchase agreement contingent on financing. The financing fell through because of flood insurance being too much. The seller's lawyer insists on talking to the mortgage company I gave them the denial letter. They will not release my good faith deposit and is charging me his legal... Read more »

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Q: Jurisidiction

In pennsylvania, A contractor performed work in my county at my home(County A), but lived in another county (County B)within the state. He still owns the house in county B , but is now living in a different home out of state(county C). In order to sue in small claims district court, can I file... Read more »

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Q: I listed my home for sale, signed an agreement and now am having second thoughts. Can I back out?

The buyer is an investor and is paying cash.

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Jan 19, 2022

You would have to meet with a lawyer so that the lawyer can review your agreement and discuss the facts of the transaction with you.

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Q: Non renewal letter vacate by 1/31 but I just got offered a lease through their website if I accept it can I stay?

My ex girlfriend was SWATing me in November so my landlord sent me a letter of non renewal saying I had to leave 1/31/22. My landlord didn’t care that I was being harassed by my ex. But I just got an email from their system offering me a new lease. If I accept the 12 month lease can I stay?... Read more »

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Q: Am I responsible for finding new tenant under 'option to renew'?

I need to relocate for a new job and I want to know if I'm responsible for finding a new tenant. Lease: May 2020-April 2021. Once it ended I did not express interest in renewing/terminating it to the landlord and she did not tell me whether she wanted to renew/terminate so I was under the... Read more »

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Q: I have lived in my home for aprx 40 years. New neighbor's survey says he owns about 8 inches on my side of fire wall.

My original survey does not show that stating certified there are no encroachments on my property. He claims that that portion of my driveway is his. (And technically through to the back of my house and yard). No other owner of the house ever did a survey before this new one. Or is it legally mine... Read more »

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Q: My mom passed away 5 years ago and my dad has since remarried. He sold me the family home for $1 a year ago after being

diagnosed with cancer. Can his wife contest the sale of the house if he passes away?

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Q: Do I need to get a quit claim deed in order to assume a loan?

My husband recently passed while we were on a COVID assistance mortgage plan. For the last couple of months I have been trying to get off of the plan but the mortgage company will not let me without assuming the mortgage. You see my husband was the only one on the mortgage but we are both listed... Read more »

Stephen M. Asbel
Stephen M. Asbel answered on Dec 27, 2021

Please accept my condolences for your loss. Perhaps an easier way to address this problem is to work around it. If you and your husband were both on the deed, that is a tenancy by the entireties which means that upon your husband's death, by the rule of survivorship, you became the sole... Read more »

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Q: My husband passed away while our mortgage was on a COVID relief plan and company is giving me a hard time to get off.

My husband passed away while our mortgage was on a COVID relief plan and company is giving me a hard time to get off.

He was the only one listed on the mortgage. We are both on the deed and I have been trying to get off the plan for 3 months to resume regular payments. Now the mortgage... Read more »

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
W. J. Winterstein Jr. answered on Dec 9, 2021

For title purposes, there appears to be no need for you to put the property through a probate proceeding, if that is the sole or most significant asset in your husband's estate.

Mortgage interest rates are near historic lows. Your best path appears to be to refinance the mortgage debt...
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Q: grantee deed two separate individuals and husband and wife as tenancy with right of survivorship as between all j
Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on Nov 28, 2021

I don’t see that you’ve asked a question. You should try re-wording your statement in the form of a question and add as much specific information as you can.

Most importantly, include whether the four persons obtained title to the property at the same exact time on the same date, in...
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Q: Married couples owns Maine real estate with a third party. Do they own 1/2 or 2/3?

One married couple plus 3rd party. Sorry for typo.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 4, 2021

You have to read the actual Deed and see what Estates are conveyed. Sometimes a

Title Search is necessary. If nothing else is stated, usually the married parties own as Tenants By The Entirety, which would be of one half, and the third party owns as a Tenant In Common of an Undivided...
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Q: Intestate estate, brother is the Administrator and lived with the deceased, who has no spouse or children.

There are a nephew and niece who had preceded their parents. They have been estranged for decades from the the brothers. Nephew wants his 1/4. Niece just had her accountant by email saying the niece "wants no communication with the entire family. "I emailed back saying I asked the... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 15, 2021

It sounds like an Action for a Sale For Partition is in order. Once Heirship is determined, one or more Heirs should file the Action against the others. Hire a competent PA attorney that knows real property litigation. Hopefully the lawyer can be paid through sale proceeds. In this case,... Read more »

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Q: Sister's partner died. The mortgage is in his name. They're together 28 years but not married. She's not sure whats next

Payments not late. 22k payoff. She's on social security disability.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 14, 2021

A big problem as Pennsylvania doesn't recognize common law marriage. Also, that wouldn't even apply if they didn't hold themselves out as husband and wife. In whose name is the property? If it's in the partner's name, the property goes to his estate.

Did he have a...
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