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my siblings and I just inherited a number of rental properties

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my siblings and I just inherited a number of rental properties from our Mother, we have a step-father that has been supposedly keeping up the rentals, do we have any recourse against him for not doing that. The rentals are in appalling condition and he is after more money.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Richard replied 6 years ago.

Good morning. If you inherited the rental properties, they belong to you and you have the responsibility for maintaining them. Unless your stepfather has been engaged by you and your siblings to manage these properties and is getting compensated for doing so, he has no legal obligation to do anything because he has no ownership of these properties.



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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
so we can't get him to take responsibility for the condition they were in when we inherited?
Expert:  Richard replied 6 years ago.
Not unless you are paying him to act as property manager..if so, you can sue him for defaulting in his duties. Otherwise, you should get him out of the picture, and hire a legitimate property manager.