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Land contract house was never taken out of my name by seller what can i do about this?

Lansing, MI |

I moved from a land contract house to another house this person was managing that was about 5 months ago. I just received a letter from the city letting me know that the property was still in my name and I signed the property back to him when I signed the new contract for my house. I moved from the first residence because the property was unsafe. (flooding leaking roof and sewage backing up into house.)

Attorney Answers 3


  1. I would contact the city and provide them with a copy of the documents you signed. That should take care of this, easily.

    James Frederick

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  2. Send the city a copy of the document under which you and the land contract seller agreed that the LC was terminated and that the seller was back in possession. If you don't have a copy, try to get it from the seller. You should retain the document in your files.

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  3. Land Contract is only equitable ownership and the Seller (vendor) holds the deed. Simply change the tax registration, water and sewer bill back to the Seller by showing the city the land contract paperwork and let them know you moved. It's that simple, as my esteemed colleagues have stated. Michigan law allows you to forfeit a land contract without penalty (other that for bills, taxes or damages that accrued during the time you lived there or occupied the property). Best wishes.