paid for HVAC system in a house belonging to my in-laws

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paid for HVAC system in a house belonging to my in-laws

We lived in a home that my father and mother-in-law owned. I wanted to buy the home for the last year but neither would start the ball rolling with the bank they have it financed through. I got tired of waiting so we bought a home for cash. Now the house has fallen into foreclosure. I just want the money I paid for the furnace and central air back. Do I have a legal standing in filling a lien or is there some other option I have?

Asked on February 13, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, you cannot get the amount you paid for the furnace and central air back UNLESS there was a written agreement with  your father and mother-in-law that they would repay you for this amount (either at a set time, or if they did not sell the house to you); if there was, you could sue your father and mother in law personally for their violation of that agreement, but have no grounds to put to a lien against the property. You can only put a lien on the property if not only had there been some repayment agreement, but there had specifically been an agreement giving you a lien, which lien was properly filed with the county.


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