If I lived in a house with my ex-boyfriend and we remodeled that house putting thousands of dollars on my credit cards, can I put a lien on the house?

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If I lived in a house with my ex-boyfriend and we remodeled that house putting thousands of dollars on my credit cards, can I put a lien on the house?

I lived in the house and remodeled along with my ex boyfriend but the majority of charges for remodel were put on my credit cards. House is now for sale since I moved out, can I put a lien on house for repayment?

Asked on June 20, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Wisconsin

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Potentially you can lien the home by recording a "lis pendens" on the home after you file a lawsuit against your former boyfriend where you claim some interest in the home that presumably is in his but not your name.

I suggest that you consult with a real estate attorney to see if there is a legal and factual basis for you to record a lis pendens on the home. If not, then you may simply wish to file a lawsuit against your former boyfrined for repayment of the money you advanced for the home's remodel.


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