Partitioning Real Estate
I co-own a rental property house with a partner who lives in one of the units. We no longer get along. My partner has been saying that he will buy me out for about 3.5 years and has done nothing. His credit is terrible and he has no substantial income. Also, about 7 months ago he was caught growing marijuana in the house. At first, I was also charged but then I got the charges dropped after spending about $15,000. I alone have been making the mortgage payments since then. I now have more money put into the house than he does. We do not have a partnership agreement, and I am certain he will not cooperate in selling the house. I would like to find out: 1) how to start partitioning the property; 2) if the fact that I have more invested than my partner gives me majority control over the business, and 3) if the criminal activity and the cost it had on me would have any relavance here. Would it be possible to force the sale of the house, get compenstaed for the payments I have been making, and also take his interest in the house to compensate for the damages his criminal activity caused me?