Tenants in common and moving.

I own a home with my boyfriend of 5 years as tenants in common. Due to psychological abuse I must move. Is this abandonment? Can he take the house and money?

Asked on June 14, 2009 under Real Estate Law, Maryland

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Um, well, I don't know what you mean by abandonment.  This is not a marriage, wherein you abandon your spouse.  Your house is half yours.  You either must quit claim the property to him, sell him your portion, or after x amount of years (usually 10 or 20), he can claim adverse possession and take it entirely without having to pay you.

So, which way do you wish to handle this? Force a sale? Call a real estate attorney immediately.  Try www.attorneypages.com and check his or her record at the Maryland State Bar.

By the way, this is why unmarried people shouldn't purchase property together -- the protections you have in a divorce are unavailable to you here.


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