Posted by John Merchant on August 21, 2003 at 11:16:53:
An oral deal in TX on RE, is no deal. You have NO contract with the woman.
If sh’e acted as an occupant for some period of time, taking up space, removing carpet, etc., you’re probably entitled to some amount of rent for the time she’s been there. Tell her you’re going to charge the going rate for the time she’s been there, as rent, and offer to refund any excess…upon her written agreement. Which, at this point, I’d suggest your lawyer does for you, so you don’t get further complications.
Suggestion: never let anybody move into one of your properties before formally closing, signing all, paying all. Poor practice, leading to this kind of mess.