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Experience:  32 years of experience as lawyer in Texas. I'm also a Real Estate developer.
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I'm living in a Estate living house in Florida. However,

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I'm living in a Estate living house in Florida. However, there are two names on the deed. My signinate other daughter is also listed. We are both on the deed. The deed states that I live in this house until my death. Then goes back to the his daughter. However, I'm paying all the bill in the house for repairs. New Air Conditioner $5,700.00, New pump and dig deeper for the well $4,000. Had to have trees cut down as that what causes the problem with the air conditioner a big limb fell on it. $600.00. I pay the insurance, maintain dues for park, and taxes. Julia pay nothing. Is this right? What are her right and what are mine. If she pays park of the bill does that give her the right to come and live in this house while I'm here?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Richard replied 1 year ago.

Good morning Kathleen. My name is ***** ***** I look forward to helping you.

As life estate owner, you have the absolute right to the peaceful, quiet, and private enjoyment of the house while you are alive. You also have the right to rent the property out during your life. Julia has no legal right to come and live in the house. You can absolutely prohibit that, including changing the locks to prevent her entry. She only has the right to periodically inspect the property to make sure it is being maintained, but she must give you notice of this. As a life estate owner, you are obligated to pay real estate taxes assessed against the property during the Life Tenancy, protect the property from tax sales, and keep the property free from encumbrances and not to allow the property to just go to waste. That means that you have to maintain the property, but not make improvements. Julia is responsible for paying insurance on the property.

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