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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for California on
Q: If the relationship in a joint tenancy becomes hostile and one stops paying and the other continues to pay. What happens

How can the one that walks get their name removed from the loan? And would they be free from the loan? If the name stays on the loan but they move out and the other person continues to pay what penalties would be incurred to the one not paying? A note this is not a married couple.

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 27, 2022

If the lender is not paid, it could seek to foreclose. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: My property manager is trying to say that he can not accept a post dated check for a lease payment per B&P Code 10145.
James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 27, 2022

He doesn't need to accept a post-dated check. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: Do restrictive covenants have to be filed with a property description?

Can I just copy a set of restrictions and use them without filing with the deed.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 27, 2022

No legal description of the encumbered property must be recorded with the legal description. However some type of notice to the world where the restrictions apply should be of record, as otherwise the covenants will be worthless and unenforceable. Hire a competent attorney to at least draft a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: I have a property I would like to purchase but is having a hard time getting the tax sale purchase to sale

At the time of the auction the owner had died and her heirs wasn't aware of the sale but is willing to sale to me but can't because the tax sale has 100% but hasn't quiet the title.I have offered him cash and still won't sale he doesn't live in state and the property is now... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Sep 27, 2022

If this property is in Louisiana and you are not in Louisiana and this property is going up for a tax sale, then I strongly recommend that you contact and hire a Louisiana real estate attorney practicing in the local jurisdiction where the tax sale is being held so that you can make sure that all... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: I am the mortgage lender on a commercial property and the buyer died. How do I get the balance due on the loan?

The heir apparent is the present owner of the property and is willing to continue making payments on the existing loan. How do I obtain an agreement to this effect.

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Sep 27, 2022

I’d have to research the specifics, but, generally, the heir can continue to pay the current loan with no further documentation, and the mortgagee remains secured by the property. You could probably prepare an endorsement of the note or enter a new loan on the same terms.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: How long do you have to own property in Tennessee before you can get a home equity loan?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 26, 2022

There is no legal requirement for a length of home ownership. Different Lenders have various time in place requirements, but sometime 2nd priority Deeds of Trust are given at closing, that is with no history of ownership. Ask your prospective Lender its rules.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: Can I revoke a quit claim To some property while I am still alive
Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Sep 26, 2022

No. A quit claim deed once executed, means that you have sold, for whatever price, the property to the other party, lock, stock, and barrel. A quit claim deed is not a gift, there's no revocation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: My fiance sold his inherited land . In the contract it states that the buyer is to have him fully paid within 60 days. T

The buyer had him sign some papers and the made a legal description of the land himself and had it recorded in the GIS. The property is now recorded under his name. He has not paid my fiance the balance and this recording of the land was done after the 60 days agreed apon. What does he need to do

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 26, 2022

Hire a NC attorney to sue for Breach of Contract. Then levy Execution upon the real property you just conveyed to him. Always hire an attorney to represent you in a real estate transaction (search title, draft deed, note, deed of trust, etc.)

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: Which HOA is responsible for repairs?

I had a sizable condo fire, and it was determined that it was the HOAs insurance policy that should make the repairs (not due to fault but bylaws- both parties agree). Suddenly, my HOA changed ownership a few weeks after the fire to a new company. Now the old HOA is saying that it is no longer... Read more »

Michael Joseph Larranaga
Michael Joseph Larranaga
answered on Sep 26, 2022

Sorry to give generic information but you should look into an attorney to sort everything out.

In addition, it may be worth taking the time to dig through your home owners documents for the insurance declaration and trying to make a claim directly with the insurance companies. If...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Do I have to be physically present to sign/relinquish a deed? I am stateside and ex husband is residing in Puerto Rico

Deed is in both our names and I will relinquish it/ hand it over to him.

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on Sep 26, 2022

I'm assuming that a real estate property is involved where both you and your ex husband owned jointly while married. If so, the liquidation of the marital community property must be done by way of a deed in which you both must appear signing, either by physical presence or by way of empowering... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Minnesota on
Q: I'm filing an appeal for eviction court because I had an emergency I had an accident at work and I was in the ERI couldn

I just need to know am I feeling out the appeal paperwork stating why I wasn't at the hearing or my at the hearing or my original reasons for wanting the hearing

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 26, 2022

You need to file a Motion to Set Aside a Default Judgment. Quickly. Hire a MN attorney to represent you as defending against losing possession is difficult.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Oklahoma on
Q: There are 7 heirs for an estate, it's already been probated and all heirs get 1/7 of land each, so one of the heirs

Granddaughters started cutting down trees or branches on the land where her grandfather lives. (Part of the estate)

Can she get in trouble for that or fined?

She didn't come to the family to ask permission to do this.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 26, 2022

She has a right to cut trees on her own land. Other tenants in common might sue her for contribution or a partition.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for New Jersey on
Q: Who is responsible for retaining wall in nj?

My neighbors property is about 10 ft above my level and the retaining wall is falling off. They want me to help pay for its repair.

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Sep 26, 2022

The owner of the property on which the retaining wall is located. The exact position of the wall should be shown on the survey of the property. Any questions about the construction should be addressed to the municipal building inspector.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Texas on
Q: My Mother passed away with no Will. She and my Dad were both on the mortgage for their home. My Dad is selling the home.

Realtor said my siblings and I are considered having ownership in the home so all must sign to sell the house. Is this correct? If so, does that mean we also have to pay tax on the sale? We are not receiving the proceeds, only my Dad.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 26, 2022

When your mom died without a will, part of her estate including the home passed to you and your siblings.

In the current market, you {may} have to pay capital gains tax on your share of a portion of the proceeds. You do not have to pay capital gains tax on the value of the home as of the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: I own my house with no mortgage or house payment I put my girlfriend on deed & she got a loan on house & im not on loan.

I want her off deed & not sure how to go about it

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Sep 26, 2022

You'll either have to negotiate a buy-out with her to pay her to sign a deed to convey the house back to you and payoff her loan, or you can file a partition action in court in which the court would determine how much you pay her to buy her out, or the court could order the house sold, and you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: In the state of Maryland do I need to be informed if there was previously a meth lab on the property I just purchased?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 26, 2022

No, not specifically. If this is a normal purchase of a residential property (e.g., not a foreclosure sale), then the seller must "disclose any latent defects of which the [seller] has actual knowledge that a purchaser would not reasonably be expected to ascertain by a careful visual... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Family Law and Real Estate Law for Kentucky on
Q: When the will is executed, am I able to buy out the home for 2/3 of the market value using the inheritance $

I am set to be 1/3 heir of my grandfathers estate. Guardianship of my grandfather was recently granted to his friend, who also happens to be the eventual executor of his will. He was placed in an assisted living facility, and his home is currently vacant.

I was hoping to he able to move... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 25, 2022

No. The rental and the sale both will have to be at full fair market value in order to preserve your grandfathers estate. You may be able to rent it and buy it later, but they will both have to be at fair market value.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: If I share a deed to a house with my spouse, and her mom's over and i dont want her over, can i have her mom trespassed

I am not married, but am considering it in a couple years, I couldnt find the answer online to this and am just curious. who has the advantage, if two people own a home 50/50 and one wants a guest over and one doesnt, who legally has the advantage, and how would this issue go about being resolved... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Sep 26, 2022

The co-owner is not a spouse if the co-owners are not married. Each co-owner can invite whomever they choose as a guest -- or even as a tenant. Without a written and signed joint-ownership agreement for the house, resolving disputes between co-owners can be difficult. If a dispute cannot be... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: After one year I raised my tenant’s rent the San Diego’s allowed 9% and continued with a month to month agreement.

It’s been 7 months after raising the rent and we’re on a month to month agreement. The tenant just informed me their girlfriend with her service dog has been living with them the last 3 months and would like to add them to the lease. Can I request to draw up a new lease with the new additional... Read more »

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 24, 2022

To play it safe, wait five more months until the 12-month period has elapsed so that you can raise the rent again.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Estate Planning and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Can a verbal lease agreement stand for a non-spouse of 30 years after the partner dies?

A man made a verbal commitment to his non-martial spouse of 30 years to allow her to live in his home that is willed to his daughter until she dies, free of charge. The daughter verbally agreed to this agreement with her father, but is now reneging. She is requiring the surviving non-marital spouse... Read more »

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 24, 2022

A good theory of law that would likely apply is what is called "equitable estoppel."

"The venerable doctrine of equitable estoppel or estoppel in pais, which rests firmly upon a foundation of conscience and fair dealing, [fn. omitted] finds its classical statement in the...
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