Legal Question in Real Estate Law in Texas

My brother and I inherited a house 50/50 which I have been living in for 16 years prior to the inheritance.What are his legal rights? Can he make me move or charge me rent or what? I am worried!

Asked on 3/02/13, 3:26 pm

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Joseph A. McDermott, III Attorney at Law
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He can't charge you rent, but he has as much right to occupy the house as you do. You're going to have to make some kind of deal:

sell or rent out the house and split the money

you buy him out

he buys you out

Or, he could let you stay rent-free -- but you'll have to work it out.

If you can't work it out, one of you can ask a court to partition the property, which in the case of a house and lot, probably means ordering a sale and dividing the money.

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Answered on 3/03/13, 10:58 am

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