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#1 reneel2006

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:15 AM

I currently own a home in Michigan with my x-boyfriend as Joint Tenancy. We each own 50% of the deed and 50% of the mortgage. We verbally agreed to put the house for sale 02/01/13. The problem is that he is an alcoholic and sometimes becomes so drunk that he urinates and vomits on himself and his surroundings; which leads to a foul odor and dirty carpets. I am trying to make the house look presentable for potential buyers. But it is impossible as each time I clean, it becomes dirty again. Also, he sometimes threatens that he is not signing anything because he really wants the house. Can a Judge order to him to stay sober so that we can show the house? Do I have to file a Partition to make sure he sells? He cannot afford (he is currently unemployed) to get the mortgage in his name only. Family cannot afford to co-sign with him either. If so, I would sign over a quit claim deed and walk away. I do not want the house. Thank you.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:24 AM

I currently own a home in Michigan with my x-boyfriend as Joint Tenancy.


Well, now you know how incredibly foolish that was.

Can a Judge order to him to stay sober so that we can show the house?


Sure.

And you think that a judge's order will keep a drunk sober? Think again.

Do I have to file a Partition to make sure he sells?


It's probably going to come to that so I suggest you consult an attorney asap. Otherwise you'll be no better off in 6 months or a year than you are now.

He cannot afford (he is currently unemployed) to get the mortgage in his name only. Family cannot afford to co-sign with him either. If so, I would sign over a quit claim deed and walk away. I do not want the house.


You don't want to do that as long as your name is on the mortgage.

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#3 pg1067

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:39 AM

Yes and yes. Have you considered offering to buy him out?

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:35 PM

You may visit the Real Estate Law Center and read Buying a House with Someone as a good resource to learn more about this subject matter.




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