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Verbal Rental Agreement Gone Wrong

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clayrancher

Junior Member
What is the name of your state? Ohio

I made a verbal agreement on a tract of land with a friend, to put a mobile home on it and install utilities and live there rent free for indefinate limit of time. I have invested approx $5000 in utility installments, bulldozing new road and lot and much more. I have only been moved into the home for 9 months, now she is posting the land for sale which she said she would never do. I asked her to pay some of the costs to upgrade the land to me and she refused. Do I have any legal way to retrieve my money? :confused:
 


BelizeBreeze

Senior Member
Verbal contracts in the sale and lease of real estate are worthless and void on their face.

You screwed up big time. And no, you don't have a case. At least on the real estate aspect.

You MAY have a case for detrimental reliance but you would need to see a local attorney who can assertain all the facts.
 

clayrancher

Junior Member
BelizeBreeze said:
Verbal contracts in the sale and lease of real estate are worthless and void on their face.

You screwed up big time. And no, you don't have a case. At least on the real estate aspect.

You MAY have a case for detrimental reliance but you would need to see a local attorney who can assertain all the facts.

The detrimental reliance is how I feel, I am disabled and she was told that we only had the money for a one time chance to set up a home. I used my disability back pay to do this work thereby exhausting my resources to even move it to another location. I feel that I was used to upgrade the rural tract to raise it value in order for her to reap a larger profit.
 

Who's Liable?

Senior Member
Then go that route... Get a lawyer and battle it out in court...

IF I were to guess the outcome, I would say you have a %60 chance...
 

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