Can a person be taken off a house deed if there is a joint deed but they are not helping you with any of the responsibilities of maintaining the house?

Asked on January 23, 2013 under Real Estate Law, Texas

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

No, unfortunately you can not just take them off for shirking their responsibilities.  What you can do is to sue them for the money that you have laid out to do the work that is half their responsibility or bring an action for "partition" which asks the court to divide the asset in half but ends up with a sale of real property.  Then you can bargain buying them out by subtracting the money they owe.  Good luck.


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