Do I need a real estate attorney?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Cerritos, CA

My husband was deeded a house. He agreed to let the guy live there as long as he wanted. The man moved away. This man expects to collect the rent from the property, calling it equity. What should I do?

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  1. Michael Raymond Daymude

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . I have read your question and comments. The situation is too complex for an answer through this forum. Your husband needs to consult an attorney. There are many issues which need to be considered along with the exact facts, including the terms of any agreement between your husband and "the man." Good luck.

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  2. Justin Drayton Graham

    Contributor Level 13


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    Answered . A resulting trust occurs where one person deeds the property to another with the understanding that the new owner will be an owner in name only. This may be what you have here. But the new owner is, of course, entitled to compensation for the service. This situation can be resolved by mutual agreement reduced to writing or through the courts. Consult an attorney.

  3. Wahid Ezzat Guirguis

    Contributor Level 9


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    Answered . Not clear as to the question. Who deeded the house to your husband? How long ago? Are you saying the "man" lived in the house rent free and now wants money on top of that too?

  4. Stephen L Frye

    Contributor Level 6


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    Answered . After reviewing the questions and comments there still appears to me missing information. Mostly, how much was paid off, what was the value of the home at each relevant time, how much was invested in the renovations, and how much of the rents does the previous owner expect?

  5. Michael T Millar


    Contributor Level 19


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    Answered . I agree with Mr. Graham.

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Deed to property

A deed is a written document describing a piece of real estate and documenting the transfer of ownership from one person (the grantor) to another (grantee).

Real estate

The term real estate means land and items permanently attached to it, like buildings. This area of law deals with who has the right to own and use these items.

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