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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Puerto Rico on
Q: My uncle has passed away in PR. A female has been staying there rent free. The heirs want her to vacate. Please advise.

We dont want to create unnecessary duress for either parties.

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Apr 6, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. The legal process to be followed is to first get your beloved Uncle's property registered under the Estate's name. Once the property is registered in the names of the Inheritors (Estate) then they will have to file an evictión procedure (Desahucio)... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Landlord - Tenant, Probate and Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: my father has built a house for me to eventually inherit in PR. problem is my mother says her name is in the paperwork

for the land (not house itself) she did not put any monies into purchasing the land or construction. I have never seen any paperwork and want to find out how I can get all the information regarding the house. Does she have any rights over me for the house?. She does not allow me to do any repairs... Read more »

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Jan 1, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. Happy New Year. If your parents we're legally married at the time of purchase of the land and constructión of the house without any prenupcial agreement, then most likely yes your Mother is half owner of the house and property. You Will need to verify the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Puerto Rico on
Q: How much does it cost to file a small claims case in Boquerón, Puerto Rico?

Is it proper to file in small claims court to be released from a rental contract paid 1 year in advance? There was a breach of contract by landlord. We're looking to get our rental fees for the rest of the term of contract.

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Nov 15, 2018

Hello and thank you for using JUSTIA. The case needs to be filed in the district court due to the amount and matter being claimed. You would file a breach of contract case. The costs are $750.00 retainer and 20% of the amount recovered. The amount placed by the court as legal fees would be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: If I am a renter in Puerto Rico and my landlord doesn’t help fix things in apartment how can I leave the contract?
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Oct 22, 2018

Good afternoon and thank you for using JUSTIA. The landlord is required by law to repair certain fixtures of said property. You can either use the rental payment to do the repairs or you can notify the landlord that you intend to move at the end of the next month if said needed repairs are not... Read more »

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Q: for several years now, my husband's sister has been staying in our home in Puerto rico while we stay in our home in NY.

She has been staying there rent free and without a lease or contract. She asked us to let her stay at our home since she needed to get back on her feet and had children. She said she would get her own place as soon as she got a job. Her children are grown now. Its several years later. She has... Read more »

Barry Eran Janay
Barry Eran Janay answered on May 3, 2017

Start proceedings to evict her, a local landlord and tenant attorney can help.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Puerto Rico on
Q: Can i warn my tenant that if no contact is possible i'm going to use a lawyer?

I'm trying to contact my tenant unsuccessfully for unpaid rent. I can see he reads the messages but doesn't reply nor answer the phone, which is unusual. Can i warn him that if no contact is possible i'm going to use a lawyer?

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 2, 2015

Yes. Why do you think that there is a problem with that? You should use a lawyer. You might need to evict the tenant.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Puerto Rico on
Q: My tenants has not paid rent for several months - how can I evict them?
Lcdo. Ivan M. Alers
Lcdo. Ivan M. Alers answered on Nov 29, 2012

You must sue them in an eviction action and probably along with a collection of money action.

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