Hello all. This is my first post, we were not sure where else to turn (limited income.)
Summary of the lead in:
In 2004, my wife and I were preparing to leave the US Army. Her father offered to give her his property in WA state, if we agreed to move in and help him in his elder years. We agreed to this, and since then he has quitclaimed the title/deed to my wife, with "reservation of a life estate," which was fine with us at the time- the agreed upon verbal reason being for his own peace of mind, that he would never be kicked out of his own home. We moved our own manufactured home onto the property, aprox 300' from his, with a natural rise in the land providing a "privacy fence." My wife regularly visited with him, usually daily, became his POA for all medical (excluding power to commit), was asked by him to write his checks out monthly to pay his bills, etc.
6 months ago, he invited his OTHER daughter's childhood 'best friend' to stay with him for "two weeks." She is just now finally moving out. During that time, he has continously complained to my wife and I about the hardships it has caused him financially, as well as emotionally.
Last week, he came to my wife and informed her that the 1 woman (who subsequently also moved her teen daughter AND boyfriend into the house) was moving out - but his OTHER daughter would be moving in. This, after he had repeatedly sworn that he would not allow ANYONE else to move in, specifically because of how hard it made it for him to survive, mostly financially.
His other daughter (who was arrested this weekend for domestic violence) is a convicted felon, has self-admitted gambling and drug abuse problems, and two sons - 1 with his own criminal record.
In light of these, and our own ignorance, we informed him that we absolutely did NOT want her moving in. He became instantly irate (note: he is a chronic alcoholic, and was drunk - is most days in fact, all day), and said that he would be moving out- he said it as if it were a threat, in fact. We told him repeatedly that we did NOT want him to leave, that we just did not think it was best for either household for the other daughter to move in.
So, over the last week, he has sold "everything" he owns material on the property to the 'best friend' of his other daughter, and himself moved out. Today however, we received this letter:
Attorney at Law
April 12, 2007
Return Receipt Requested
Please be advised that I represent your father. From his account, it appears you have a misunderstanding of your ownership interest in the property you and he are living on.
The Quitclaim Deed he signed and recorded transferred a future interest in the property effective upon his death. He reserved a life estate in said property (copy enclosed). In essence that means he is entitled to the full use and control of the entire property during his lifetime.
You have no legal rights to evict him from his home. This letter is to advise that he is temporarily living elsewhere because of the hostile environment, but fully intends to return. Under no circumstance are you to go upon or enter his residence. Your father intends to return and live there, with assistance; if necessary, or the alternative, rent the house to a third party.
With respect to the deed given in July of 2004, he advised that he agreed to sign the deed in exchange for your promises to take care of him for the rest of his life. Otherwise, he wouldn't have signed the transfer documents. Such transactions are subject to being set aside, or recovery of damages in the event of a breach of the agreement by the other party. It is apparent that you do not intend to abide by your agreement. Therefore, he will be deciding how to pursue that issue.
Lastly, please find enclosed a Notice changing the rent on the property where your mobile home is located. This rent is due on May 1, 2007. He has been gracious enough to allow your occupancy rent free because of your promises regarding his care. However, the attempt to evict him from the premises has hurt him deeply and he will be needing additional funds for other accommodations and to care for himself.
NOTICE OF CHANGE TO RENT AMOUNT
AND ANY AND ALL OCCUPANTS
You are hereby notified and informed that your space rent for the area where your mobile home is located on the following described property:
is hereby raised to $75.00 per month effective on May 1, 2007. Payments shall be made on the 1st of the month and on the lsl of each month thereafter. DATED this day of April, 2007.
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Can he do any of this? We know he's lying to begin with, about the eviction... and believe it is an intentionaly maliscious attempt at doing nothing more than taking everything back, to hurt my wife. (there are other reasons for suspecting that motive)
Please help, anyone that has any information. I have searched the WA state laws, bills, ammendments, etc, for any references to "life estate," "life tenant," etc, and can find very little - but most of it seems to suggest, that this letter is completely groundless.