July 15, 2024


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RE Q&A: Condo’s Co-Owner Disappeared 20 Years Ago

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RE Q&A: Condo’s Co-Owner Disappeared 20 Years Ago

A no-longer “significant other” walked out the doorway many years in the past, leaving guiding a condo he co-obtained with a husband or wife who now wishes to provide. What takes place now?

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Question: Many decades in the past, I bought a condo with a important other. A couple of many years later on, we broke up and he moved out. I held having to pay the home loan and have not witnessed or heard from him in more than 20 a long time.

I want to offer the condo to move closer to family members, but his name is however on the deed. What can I do? – Fran

Solution: The rules of modern day property law have evolved from their roots about 900 yrs in the past in feudal Europe.

Soon after the conquest of England in 1066, King William “the Conqueror” became the proprietor of all land. When he granted estates to his vassals, he retained the correct to get the residence back again below certain situations, these as when the owner died with out recognized heirs.

All land handed from the operator to their heirs at the instant of loss of life, and there could by no means be a gap in ownership.

If no heir could be observed, the house was returned to the govt. This is called “escheat” and is nevertheless in influence nowadays.

Simplified, it suggests that somebody normally owns genuine estate, and if it are unable to be decided who does, the property goes to the point out.

In your situation, you will need to discover your ex or his heirs if he handed absent. It is difficult to observe down somebody you have not heard from in many years. There are instruments and solutions that can locate almost anyone.

Once he, or his heirs, is discovered, you will require to get them to indication in excess of the assets to you or your consumer. Most possible, they will want to be paid out for this, and the volume can usually be negotiated.

If you are not able to discover him or his heirs, or if you do but they are not realistic about the decades you compensated all the condominium costs, you will have to have to sue.

The court can have the assets offered and break up the proceeds relatively in between you and your ex or his heirs or have their share held to be escheated to the point out if no one particular will come forward to claim them inside of a specified time.

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