Wife Has Lien On Home Husband Purchased Before Marriage

By Christopher Combs | May 9, 2021

Question: I purchased a home in Casa Grande. My wife and I were married a year later. All of the monthly mortgage payments and repair costs since our marriage have been made from our joint checking account. My wife says that she is unhappy, and that she talked to an attorney who said she has a lien on our home now even though she was never added to the title. Does my wife have a lien on our home now? Answer: Probably. Although the title to the home is in your name only, the monthly mortgage payments and repair costs made from the joint checking account were community property. At the time of the sale of the home, the escrow company will require your wife to approve the sale because your wife has a lien on the home for half of the total monthly mortgage payments and repair costs since…


Landlord’s Listing Broker Must Have Access To Leased Property

By Christopher Combs | May 2, 2021

Question: I am renting a luxury condominium in Central Phoenix. The lease expires in three months. The owner’s listing agent now wants to show my luxury condominium to potential buyers. I have valuable leather couches, art work, and clothing in the home. Do I have to let the owner’s listing agent have access to my home? If so, how often are potential buyers allowed access to my home? Answer: In a residential lease, the landlord is entitled to reasonable access to the home. This reasonable access requires at least two days’ notice, and entry three to five times a week at reasonable times (probably from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.). The two days’ notice should be in an email or other writing. You are entitled, however, to be there when the listing agent shows the home to potential buyers.


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