What is my ex-girlfriend entitled to if she lent me money to purchase my house?

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What is my ex-girlfriend entitled to if she lent me money to purchase my house?

I bought a home and needed $5000 from her to qualify for a loan. Her name is on the title of the house only. She has never lived in the home (just me). She stored some of her stuff here but now has it. She will not release her name from the title. She says she is entitled to half of everything even if she has never lived there. Since she made the $5000 loan there has been at least $15,000 in upgrades done to the place. We were dating for about 15+ years. I asked her to marry me twice and both times she said no.

Asked on February 13, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Minnesota

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

She is in a good position as the owner of the house by being on the deed but you are not in such a bad one as you may think. As the owner she is responsible for the maintenance and the taxes etc., on the house regardless of her being on the mortgage.  These payment and improvements to the property that you have made and paid for can be leveraged against her "ownership" of the property.  You are going to need legal help to get through this.  Good Luck.


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