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Concealing One's Identity from the Public When Purchasing a Home

I have heard, that in the United States, some individuals are able to conceal their identities from the public when purchasing a home by setting up a LLC and buying the house through the said ...
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Who owns an un-documented cellar/bunker? (UK Law)

A relative of mine purchased a house about 35 years ago. After a few years he discovered a bricked-up doorway leading to what was probably started as a WW2 bunker. It was abandoned and empty, and ...
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How much ocean does a person with a beachhouse own and what can he do with it?

Assume a person owns a beach house in California. How far into the ocean does this person own as a landowner? Does the person own all coral reef, rocks and other things in the ocean in his owner ...
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To sell a house in Pennsylvania, does everybody on the title have to agree?

In the state of Pennsylvania (USA), does every person listed as the owner on the title of a house have to agree in order for one of the owners to be able to sell the house? I've read that the law ...
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Breaking a housing association contract

I own 45% of a part-ownership flat, shared with a large well-known housing association here in London, UK. I pay a mortgage to my lender for the 45% and rent the rest from the housing association. In ...
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Home ownership burden of insurance in Scotland

I'm considering buying a home in Scotland for cash, with no mortgage. The home is an apartment. The property is freehold, which means it's outright ownership with no leasehold or anything like that. ...
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Community property

In a community property state (TX), if a spouse dies, must the community home be sold so that so value can be distributed as stated in a will?
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Can I add a deadlock to the front door of my unit?

I have recently bought a unit in a rough area. The front door to the apartment complex does not click shut properly so anyone from the general public can walk in. The door to my unit has one of those ...
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Can a bank foreclose on a home of a person who has been kidnapped?

Say that an American homeowner is traveling overseas and then he/she is kidnapped by a terrorist organization. Does the American bank which gave that person the home loan have the legal right to ...
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Can a German declaration of division (Teliungserklärung) or community ordinance (Gemeinschaftsordnung) prohibit long-term rentals?

Consider an apartment block consisting of three equal units A, B, and C, located in Bavaria, Germany. At present, all are owner-occupied and the Community of Apartment Owners (...
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Strata corporation installing keyless entry system and logging entrance times/dates

My concern is the strata is forcing people to sign for specified id numbers this information is then stored so they know who enters the building when and how often. I am an owner and I believe I ...
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Can a Home-Owner Association's Manager place a lien on property?

Scenario: HOA Property Management in Las Vegas, NV vs me over unpaid monthly dues. I wasn't aware that my HOA had changed its Payment P.O. Box a few months ago and hence, my automated monthly ...
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If a rift expands the surface of one's land (e.g., resulting from an earthquake), who owns the new land?

Looking at the geological pictures of the 2023 Turkey–Syria earthquake made me wonder: If a rift expands the surface of one's land, who owns the new land (i.e., the rift)? I'm mostly interested in the ...
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What is the law that requires Vancouver residents to pay for non-replanting of trees?

Recent news highlighted that landowners wishing to remove trees from their property need to pay to ensure that the trees are replanted. Where is this law defined? I've heard there is a similar law ...
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Legal Considerations for Offering Rewards in Exchange for Tenant Selection in Germany [closed]

My company and I are located in Germany and we intend to distribute flyers on the street. In the flyers, we offer a reward to those who are willing to rent out their homes in exchange for us being ...
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How does the Florida homestead exemption apply to a house on .51 acres?

If my Florida primary residence is on a .51 acre lot in a municipality and I get sued, can the creditor take my house because I am over the .5 acre limit? I understand that I would keep .5/.51 = 98% ...
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What defines the responsibility of a shared/common wall/property in a town home?

I am looking to buy a home in Washington State, and many of the homes are town homes that share a common wall (or more). I want to better understand any risks with this type of arrangement. My ...
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Buying a 'first' home while having fractional ownership of another (UK)

The United Kingdom offers a special program for first-time home buyers who meet certain qualifying criteria. Does a person who previously purchased a minority share (e.g. 20%) of a house qualify for ...
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Home insurance was never signed by homeowner

I made a change to my homeowners insurance back in 2016 and the forms were never signed by me. I made all payments in good faith. Recently made a claim for some minor damage due to hurricane Katrina....
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Are structural engineers required to have liability insurance?

Are structural engineers required by law to have liability insurance in Wisconsin? If it's not required, is it still common to have? Or do many structural engineers not carry it? (I know that's a ...
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Is a homeowner liable for the actions of a contractor?

Suppose a homeowner hires a contractor to haul debris off their property to the local dump. Can the homeowner be held liable if the contractor instead just illegally dumps the debris by the side of ...
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Is it illegal to claim an address as your "primary residence" if you don't live there most of the time?

I currently live and work in NJ. I am single and live with my parents. The apartment we currently live in is small and I want to buy a house, but my state is pretty expensive. My parents found a ...
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If the government obtains property through a tax lien, does the homeowner's association contract make it through?

If a person owns (100%) a property and is subject to a homeowner's association (HA) contract, but defaults on taxes, after which the property is sold via a tax lien sale, does the HA contract become ...
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What if you lived in a shed?

There are many companies such as Tuff Shed/Home Depot that sell portable sheds. These are usually marketed as being for storage/utility purposes, but some of them can be quite sizable with fairly nice ...
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HOAs and Personal Assistant

What can my personal assistant do when the HOA sends me a violation or other such letter? Can they research the CC&Rs, Bylaws or other such states, federal statues to help me better understand the ...
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Can HOA force you to pay for services in addition to dues?

My HOA (in CT) is asking owners to get their dryer vents cleaned. They asked last year and I obliged. I got them cleaned 12/18. They sent out an email today saying every unit must get them cleaned. I ...
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Duty to disclose new construction to home buyers?

I recently bought a new house. After moving in I found out from some local people that a large subdivision is planned to be constructed immediately behind my property within the next 5 years. This ...
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Does statute prescribe algorithm for calculating quorum?

Does Florida Condo Law FS718 or any relevant statute provide guidance as to how to determine the minimum number of Florida condo board directors must be present for a meeting if a 5 seat board has ...
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Inadequately supported chimney on neighboring property above our extension with no building regulations

I asked this question on Home Improvement Stack Exchange here, but they recommended I posted it here as it is technically a legal matter. I live in the United Kingdom. When we purchased our house ...
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Agreement with family member who wants to pay for home modifications

I have a family member who will live with me in a house I just purchased. They want to make a bunch of modifications to the property and have agreed to pay for these modifications with their money. ...
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If a homeowner's liability from an insurance claim exceeds total coverage, can a court order that the payout all go to satisfying the liability?

Here is an extreme, hypothetical scenario that will hopefully explain what I mean by my question: Let’s say a court finds that Bob’s negligence somehow caused an explosion that destroyed Bob’s house ...
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Personal Liability Renters Insurance

My renters insurance has section described as Personal Liability(Bodily Injury and Property Damage). My question is, is this liability for this dwelling only. If I am sued for bodily injury from auto ...
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Can previous homeowner file a claim for hidden damage on their old property?

We purchased a house in Texas 5 months ago. 3 months ago we discovered hidden water damage from a roof leak within exterior walls. Our insurance hired a third party engineering firm who concluded the ...
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Homeowner's insurance industry blacklisting?

Due to the obscenely cold weather the northern latitudes have been experiencing this year, I had a pipe burst in a detached studio on my property overnight. It's a small space; ~200 sq. feet, and my ...
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Can a delayed-formation of a condo association enable required back-pay of fees?

John owns a condo unit in Philadelphia, PA. This unit is part of a single building, which houses 3 total units. John owns A, Janet owns B, and Chris owns C. John and Janet both bought their units from ...
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UK - Can contracts override property deeds

If a property is held 50/50 on the deed by two people, can a contract be written up to adjust the ownership based on further conditions? Is there a specific name for this? For Example: A home is ...
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What are my rights if my neighbor is belligerent in his own home?

I live in a condo and my neighbor with a shared wall has violent and profane outbursts. We believe he has a mental problem and has episodes of loud yelling and slamming doors/throwing furniture. It ...
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What is the legal term for enforcing things when an HOA has been lax previously?

Let's say an HOA has been very lax in enforcing its CC&Rs in the past. There are restrictions about fencing, but many owners got and received variances in the past and have put up fences that don'...
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For a homeowner, is foliage a fence?

My city regulates fences to be no more than 6' in height. In many cases, the fence as a support for growing tall hedges that could exceed this height. I can't find a definition of a fence in my city ...
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What is a transfer of title document?

My father passed away, and I want to put the house under my mothers name. The loan servicing company is asking for a transfer of title document. I am unsure what that is, or how I would go about ...
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Can I Rent My USDA Mortgaged Home Out?

Background: I purchased my home in Maryland on October 2015 with a USDA mortgage loan. I would now like to rent my home out and move because I'm getting a new job somewhere else in Maryland. I read ...
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A plumber left the job in the middle, how do I close out the job [closed]

I gave a plumber $2,000. That is about half of the price on his proposal. The plumber is no longer on the job. (See https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/99203/plumber-asking-for-a-lot-more-money-...
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Would this be considered a break in the Title Chain? [closed]

I completed an application for a mortgage loan and was approved. My sibling and I both agreed to be listed on the Deed. On the application: Borrower Information is just my name, The Title to the ...
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What happens if a builder doesn't fully fix a problem, and then the home warranty runs out?

I (US citizen living in the US) have a home warranty on my property. This warranty, like all warranties, expires eventually. I have recently identified an issue that is covered by the warranty. What ...
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Legality of unwritten covenants - Architectual Review Process - HOA

I'm preparing to submit house plans for approval by my Architectural Review Committee. I felt confident. We prepared a house to the specifications of the covenants and studied them carefully. I just ...
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In what situations can siblings inherit a home, but one sibling has more control over its management? (US)

I'm developing a story idea in which the protagonist co-inherits their grandmother's home with their sister and, long-story-short, I'm trying to create an obstacle where the sister wants to sell the ...
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Does replacing a gated fence with a gateless fence reduce backyard liabilities?

When I put in a pond, the city engineer warned I must have it built within a fence, to reduce liability, e.g. if a child entered the backyard and fell in the water. Though there is a fence, I'm sure ...
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Owner Move In San Francisco

Can the owner of a residence in San Francisco sublease during the 60 months following an owner-movein eviction? The specific example I'm imagining would be if a single person purchased a 2 bedroom ...
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Am I a "first-time buyer"?

There's probably a very short and simple answer to this, but I have to ask anyway. I VERY briefly owned a house over 12 years ago (I think for less than 12 months). Is there any way I could still be ...
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Purchasing an HMO for use as a family home

I am based in the UK and wish to purchase a house that is currently set up as an HMO (although I don't know what use class it's currently registered as - It was previously used as sheltered ...
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