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As a claimed dependent from 1994 by friend, with whom I’ve…

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As a claimed dependent from 1994 by friend, with whom I’ve shared a two family home with since 1997 , but am not the ‘legal’ homeowner, yet have made many contributions to home, do I have any legal claim to property.

Lawyer's Assistant: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?

Oh yes. Massachusetts

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Legal homeowner want to sell house. I want to stay. She promised I could and rent out her space. She has reneged and although I want to negotiate a deal so I keep the home Ive been given notice to move.

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I am sorry, but no. Sweat equity (improving the property through elbow grease) and/or other contributions does not give a person claim to interest in the property. Unless there is a written contract/deed giving you the property, this cannot be claimed.

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