My Friend co-owns a building with an Ex who isn't contributing to expenses. Help.
February 5, 2010 9:06 PM Subscribe
A friend and her boyfriend bought a mixed use building in California, living in 1/2 and opening a business in the other 1/2. They broke up and friend moved out, ex stayed and doesn't want to sell or contribute. Any options?
posted by stewiethegreat to Law & Government (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
An older immigrant friend of mine realized a life's dream when she opened a restaurant in Los Angeles County (I can post the specific city if useful) with her boyfriend several years ago.
It is a beautiful building- they lived in the top half and worked in the bottom half. The relationship ended within months, friend moved out and her ex stayed. She didn't have the money to buy him out, and he didn't want to sell the building (and really, neither did she- her business had just started).
Fast-forward several years. Ex stopped contributing to mortgage, and hasn't paid utilities, rent, taxes, or any money since they broke up years ago. He still lives upstairs. He does his best to avoid friend.
She has struggled to keep it going working alone and it is a really neat place, but with the economic downturn it has become even more difficult to keep things together. Over the years, paying 100% of the mortgage and everything else has eroded her savings have eroded and she may have to close her restaurant within the next year.
This is a really weird situation, but can anything be done about it? It doesn't seem like she can precisely evict him since he is a co-owner, but since he is a co-owner is he liable to pay expenses?
She is an immigrant (in addition to a single Mom, business owner, and supporting her deaf Mother) and very short on money, so before I suggest she hurry and see a lawyer, I wanted to know if there was any hope in this situation.