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My girlfriend's father purchased a home in Cleveland, Ohio

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My girlfriend's father purchased a home in Cleveland, Ohio and supposedly sold it to another person whom didn't transfer the title into his name.The property was not taken care of and the yard grew out of control.She now has a misdemeanor for improper use of property.We dont know how or what rewlly happened but she has recieved a letter about it.We live in Florida and have never been to Ohio.This is making it hard for us to rent places and impossible to buy a home.We need some help on how to resolve this situation.Any advice would be much appreciated!

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I'm very sorry to hear about this situation. I can imagine that one of the terms of the original agreement of sale was that the other party was going to transfer the property into their name and relieve the original property owner from any liability. If they did not do that, then this appears to be a classic breach of contract. A breach of contract just simply means that one party was obligated to perform and they have either have not performed or have said that they will not perform. Typically, the aggrieved party is entitled to be returned to the same position they were in before the breach. in your case, this could be compensation for all of the harm that has befallen your girlfriend. For example, if she's been denied loans or if she has had to pay for some of the fines that result of the property being in disrepair, then you may be able to recover something. There’s a site that I’ve used in the past where you can find a good template for advising of a breach of contract (click here). It's a bit easier (and cheaper) than going through litigation and I have seen it be effective in the past. If this doesn’t work, sadly, the only other option is to either go through an informal mediation or file a lawsuit in your local court. Also, although I provided an initial answer, it’s important that you are 100% satisfied. If you feel I have done so, please rate me 5 stars and let me know if you have any follow up questions. As a side note, you can also click here in the future to request me individually.

Customer: replied 23 days ago.
Who would I send the breach of contract to? Is the contract public record because we have never seen it.

Good question. My recommendation would be to send a breach-of-contract form to the person that was supposed to change the title. The contract probably won't be public record, but my advice would be to try to find the land sale contract as soon as possible so that way you could potentially prove it if you had to go to court. Did you have any other questions for me?

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