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William S. Bost III

William Bost’s Answers

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  • Am i trespassing

    ive lived with my boyfriend for about three months at his apartment with no issues of any sort today i was home and the building manager knocked on the door and said i was trespassing and called the police and the police said i had to leave is th...

    William’s Answer

    I can't know without more. I don't think you are trespassing, but he certainly can have you removed from his home if you are not married.

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  • How do I break my lease with no charges or requirement to pay rent until it is rented when there is evidence staff is intruding

    Evidence of numerous intrusions of my apartment occurred over several months. Police concluded it must be someone on staff at the complex since only the complex and I have keys. The intruders stole $100 worth of online movies and partook in my foo...

    William’s Answer

    You can send the landlord a letter and advise them that you are leaving for these reasons. They may or may not sue you for back rent, and they may or may not put the default on your credit report. If they sue you for back rent, you are going to have a heck of a time proving your case without a lawyer which will cost $2000 or more. If they put it on your credit, it will stay for a long time.

    The best thing to do is get the police report and, nicely, ask to be let out of the lease. Most people make real mistakes by demanding legal rights and accusing others of being wrong.

    You can be angry, but be careful. Our system is not fair sometimes.

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  • Back money owed from previous tenant.

    My house was being rented, but we evicted the tenant because of none payment. What is my statue of limitation on recovering the money? Also, can I recover the money for the subsequent months of rent that were not received, since the lease was broken?

    William’s Answer

    Statute of limitations for back rent is 3 years. You can sue to obtain a judgment for the recovery of back rent, but you may not be able to recover if you can't find the tenant or if the tenant does not have any assets. If the tenant appears to contest your lawsuit, he may assert as a defense that you did not rent the house again, and that he is not liable for the back rent. If you rented the house, then the old tenant is not liable for months the house was occupied by the new tenant. Also, sometimes an eviction is considered a termination of the lease and rent stops accruing.

    I don't know the amount of rent you are talking about, but if it is less than about $10,000, I would let it go.....

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  • Someone has property stored on my propery and I want it removed from said property within 30 days legally how .

    bldg with contelnts, contents around bldg an old truck with property attached. I want everything gone and property restored to original condition within 30 days. How to type up a legal letter to have it all removed within 30 days or I will do so....

    William’s Answer

    The answer really depends on how the property got there to start with and who it belongs to. If it was never supposed to be there in the first place, then you can move it without any letter. If you allowed it to be there, the letter you are speaking of is appropriate. If you agreed to store it, then there are other considerations.

    A letter demanding removal is pretty simple.

    One thing to keep in mind is that the only liability you may have is for the value of the stuff. If it is truly junk, and worth nothing, then proceed reasonably; the likelihood of a successful lawsuit with large damages is low.

    Be nice, even if you don't feel like it. Things usually work out better.

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  • After i left my home..can i still go back and get personal stuff for both me and my two kids?

    I left my home with both my daughter and my son..before so i called a cop and asked if i did so will i get some kind of abandoment record. I left with no fighting or violence. I returned for personal belongings..the door wasnt locked.. returned we...

    William’s Answer

    You are entitled to get in your home and to get your possessions, but if you don't have a key, I wouldn't break in. You may have to get an order from a court to let you in to get your things. And, yes, it is legal for him to change the locks......it may not be legal for him to keep you out of the home, but you need a judge to help you. There is no such thing as an "abandonment record". There is the concept of abandonment, but I am not sure that it applies here.

    Be nice. Try to negotiate a few hours for you or a friend to get your things.

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  • A friend of mines son was staying with us and he left without notice and i need to know if i can get rid of his possesions

    i told him to come and get his stuff and he said merry christmas

    William’s Answer

    Was he a guest or a tenant? Is the property valuable or not? If it is junk, then get rid of it; If it is valuable (more than $1000), then I would send him a letter saying you are going to sell it after 30 days or so, and, if he doesn't come to get it, then sell it for what you can get and send him the money.

    Be nice. If you have already been nice, then take care of yourself.

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  • What are my options

    The bldg. I live in has a roach infestation problem. I have asked my LL numerous times to send an exterminator, he says he will but never does. I am not the only tenant w/this problem. LL sent out notices a few mths. ago, saying someone would ...

    William’s Answer

    You can move. If you are behind in your rent, you are right that any action you take will be met with eviction in most cases. You need some help.....go and see a legal aid attorney or call social services to see if they can assist.

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  • Do I need a Quick Claim Deed if my ex was never on the original deed?

    I refinance my house before I was married. I got divorced over a year ago and would like to refinance my home again.

    William’s Answer

    First, the proper term is "Quitclaim Deed". I think if you are divorced, then you are fine. Your closing attorney can answer this question quickly.

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  • I recently purchased a home in NC. I asked our realtor SEVERAL times if there was a HOA and was told NC. Now she says there is.

    I reviewed all the info from closing, including the deed and info from the builder. There is no indication of the HOA. There are no dues but there are very specific rules of what you are/not allowed to do with the property. Our realtor was on site...

    William’s Answer

    I doubt very seriously that you will be able to get any money damages from any party; in any event a lawsuit on these issues will cost alot more than $5000. The flip side of that is that, if your fence looks like all the rest of the fences in the neighborhood, I don't think a judge will make you tear it down. If it looks "shabby" or makes the neighborhood look bad, then a judge could make you tear it down. Have you thought of installing an invisible underground fence....cheap and effective to keep your dogs in?

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  • How can I sell/gift my home to my child so he can sell it and use equity to purchase another house?

    I am a 63 year old widow, owe $60,000 on the home and have app. $100,000 equity. I want to sell him the house for $60,000 and he wiill borrow that amount so I can pay off my mortgate and gift the equity. I have not gifted any amount previously....

    William’s Answer

    That is a pretty straightforward transaction and it would happen just like you describe. You need a lawyer to prepare the documents and to take care of paying off the mortgage. It will cost you $300-$500 in most circumstances.

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