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lev1016

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I need to know if two people's names are on the deed of a house but they are not married and one of them leaves for 7 out of the 10 years owned and never pays anything towards taxes, mortgage, insurance, etc..do they still qualify as half owners? Are they responsible for half of the taxes, etc that has been paid? Also, the owner still living and paying for the house has been married for two years with his spouse both paying all the bills. How much can this deadbeat owner be responsible for?

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lev1016 said...

I need to know if two people's names are on the deed of a house but they are not married and one of them leaves for 7 out of the 10 years owned and never pays anything towards taxes, mortgage, insurance, etc..do they still qualify as half owners?

Yes. Not living in the home and not paying the expenses does not affect the interest in the home that he or she owns.

lev1016 said...

Are they responsible for half of the taxes, etc that has been paid? Also, the owner still living and paying for the house has been married for two years with his spouse both paying all the bills.

What the absent owner is responsible for depends on the deal the owners had between them. If they agreed that they would contribute equally to the mortgage, taxes, etc., then the owner that has paid all these bills could sue the nonpaying owner for his/her share of those expenses. Hopefully that agreement is in writing.

Also, note that the nonpaying owner can assert the statute of limitations as a defense for the payments made that are older than the applicable statute of limitation. For example, if the particular state law that applies says that suits for breach of contract must be brought within 3 years of the breach, then only the payments that were due in the last 3 years could be recovered.

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