Am I legally obligated to pay for half a major repair cost?

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Am I legally obligated to pay for half a major repair cost?

My name is on the deed and mortgage for a house with my ex-boyfriend. He still lives at the house but I no longer live at the property, however I am still paying for half of the mortgage/insurance/taxes. He recently informed me that he needed to replace the hot water heater and wants me to pay him back for half of the expense of replacing it. Am I legally obligated to do so? I have not lived in the house for over a year. He also did not consult me when choosing the replacement water heater/installation, he made the decision entirely on his own.

Asked on February 28, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

As a co owner you are jointly responsible for the repair and maintenance of the home and you have an equal say in choosing boilers, etc.  However, your situation is not a very good one for you.  You seem to be paying for something that you do not enjoy or reap any benefit from at this point in time.  I think that it may e a good idea to finally break this umbilical cord with the ex and the house  Go see an attorney for help.  Good luck. 


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