Do i have any legal recourse to get my house back after signing it over to my daughter?

I owned a house for 20 years. My daughter lived there and was supposed to be paying rent but rarely ever did. We made a verbal agreement that she would buy the house from me and start paying the real estate taxes and insurance and pay me monthly payments. So I signed the house over to her. Now I find out that she hasn’t paid taxes on the house in almost 2 years and I don’t believe she is paying the insurance. She also stopped paying me any payments. do I have any legal recourse to get that house back in my name so I don’t loose evrything I have invested in it?

Asked on March 13, 2019 under Real Estate Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, without a written agreement, you seem to have no recourse. In Texas (and most states with which I am familiar), a contract or agreement regarding the purchase of real estate must be in writing to be enforceable: an oral or unwritten ("oral, not "verbal," is the correct term, by the way) agreement for the sale or transfer of real estate will not be enforced by the courts. Since your oral agreement is not enforceable, you in essence simply gifted or gave the house to her.


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