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Can I buy a housing development lot and not build a house?

Around the suburbs of Kansas City, there's no shortage of housing developments where you can buy an empty lot and are expected to use the land to build a house. Would there be any zoning law ...
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Is the description given in sales material for a house binding in the UK?

My partner is currently purchasing a property in England. In the report returned by the solicitor upon completing the searches, it is indicated that the shed and greenhouse are not included in the ...
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Can an interest in real property by adverse possession be inherited?

In Australia can someone has a an interest in property by adverse possession bequeath the property to an heir? If so, will that claim be able to defeat the interst of an heir of the legal owner?
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Is it possible to acquire a post-1951 Oscar statuette legally?

Since 1951, the Academy has required Oscar winners to sign an agreement whereby they agree to sell their Oscar statuette back to the Academy before offering it to anyone else. However, if the owner ...
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Record keeping by estate agents

When renting (or buying) in the UK, estate agents will keep a copy of your ID either printed or online. I want to know the reason why this ID needs to be kept and cannot be deleted after the customer ...
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Is it legal to wheel lock someone's vehicle if they have something that belongs to you?

I hired someone to refinish a piece of furniture. He took the piece, sent pictures of the progress as he worked on it. I communicated to him several times as to the status and he has not responded ...
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UK domestic partner squatting

A couple have been together for a few decades. One of them sold their house 10+ years ago when they hit hard times, since recovered from. About 8 years ago the other inherited a house on their ...
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Responsibilites of common areas when in breach of title-deeds after sale

The situation: I have bought a flat on the top floor of an apartment block. This flat contains the sole access to a roof space. The previous owner has left a large volume of junk in this space. The ...
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County of Sacramento v. Lewis - who owned the motorcycle?

In County of Sacramento v. Lewis oral arguments, as found on Oyez, Justice Scalia said, questioning the counsel for respondent Philip Lewis And he owned the motor cycle, didn't he? And he ...
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Can I sue my landlord for failing to mark the dangers of something under construction?

The two jacuzzies in my complex are out of order and smell/look like human cesspools. The two signs that used to be on them, "out of order" are no longer there, but the jacuzzies remain in the same ...
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City laws and ordinance

I'm trying to find out if the city of Oklahoma has the right to tow my car out of my drive way even if it's not in running condition
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How do I get my property back?

Someone moved my things out of my apartment for me while I was out of the country. They then kept my things at their place and since I’ve returned they have refused to return my things to me. Can I ...
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If you take your package from a shipping company without their permission in the US, what, if any, laws would you be breaking?

In the US, shipping companies often have relatively limited ways for you to get your package and if you don't jump through the proper hoops they don't give you your package. While I understand why ...
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Does a property owner with beach frontage need to post the beach for it to be considered trespassing to walk across the property?

In MA, is it legal to cross someone's property on the ocean beach if the beach is not developed and is not posted?
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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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Travel Trailers & Registration

My neighbor has two travel trailers plus a boat/trailer parked in drive for the past 8 to 10 years. Do they have to be tagged and registered in Delaware?
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Is it legal to sell a used mattress in Westport, CT?

I live in Westport, Connecticut, United States, and want to sell my bed. As a consumer, am I allowed to sell my mattress, even though I've used it? If so, are there any restrictions/regulations I ...
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What is the legal background for confiscating cell phones of detained asylum seekers?

On the US southern border, some of the arriving people are detained currently. It is irrelevant here why and how that happens. Cell phones are confiscated when a person found to be an illegal ...
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Can an estate agent legally incentivize someone to sell below market value?

My neighbor is selling his house and the estate agent has listed it below market value, but in return is offering to pay the stamp duty and bill to refurbish the kitchen in the house he is moving to. ...
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Assessments for Condo [closed]

Seller said no assessments and within 6 mo I had an 8700.00 roofing assessment. I tried calling the Management company but she never returned my call . Do I have a legal recourse to go after them? ...
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In Texas is it okay for a person to post photos on a commercial website of private property without the owner's permission?

We hired someone to build decks on our property. He did not do a good job, finish the job, etc. He took photos and posted them on his company website. Is there anything I can do to have them ...
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Does the federal government have authority to impose tax laws at the state level?

I was reading IRS Stops Attempt To Bypass Trump Tax Law, MD Lawsuit Continues. The article states: ... The IRS said Tuesday that states cannot bypass a $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) ...
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Can the entity storing my property indefinitely unilaterally decide to remove/discard it?

Last year, a friend brokered an agreement on my behalf with a friend of his to store some of my property in their company's storage unit (he is the owner of the company). I was not a party to the ...
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Meaning of “indemnify from property”

I understand the meaning of "indemnify from" when it is used with "loss" or "claim": if someone is indemnified from that, they are legally shielded from it and will not suffer. But "indemnify from ...
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How is property in trustees' hands safe from the trustee's own creditors?

In the context of trust law, trustees are the legal owners of the property in trust. They hold it for the beneficiaries, who are the equitable owners. Even though trustees legally own the property, ...
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Accidentally took something wasn't mine. Can I get in trouble for returning it?

I recently moved out of a shared living accommodation. After moving out someone complained that the (shared) glove for removing hot items from the oven was missing. I had my own glove that I took and ...
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Can I sue Uber for property damage to my mobility device?

I use a mobility device, an electric mobility scooter, to get around as I am temporarily disabled. While using Uber to attend a medical appointment in the Australian Capital Territory, my mobility ...
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If suing for property damage can I claim for my time spent to replace those items?

I am claiming compensation for property damage due to negligence. I will simply using the money to replace the damaged items. Can I also claim for my reasonable time in replacing the items? For ...
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Is it a bad idea to put a garden over a gas main?

I put my garden within 100 feet of the gas main (the one that supplies gas to hundreds of houses), and now the gas company is concerned about where it is. Do they have a right to be if other trees ...
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Can a neighbor point cameras at our backyard and the back of our house?

We live in the hills. And the way our neighborhood is designed is as you go up the hill, there will be a house below you, and a house above you (which are side by side to your property). The elevation ...
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Court order on selling property

I am trying to remove my name from mortgage (Canada, Ontario), my ex husband is not really helpful and self-employed. I am thinking of going to get court order on selling our property. We signed (...
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Can the owner of a private establishment confiscate the personal property of a trespasser?

While I was reading this article, this line caught my eye: Anyone seen videotaping in any capacity will be deemed trespassing and will be escorted out by security. Your video equipment may or may ...
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Neighbour has extended over the boundary of a potential house I was looking to buy [closed]

So having initially looked at a house I found that everything was in good order and the seller seem genuine in respect everything being able to answer my question and to provide the relevant documents ...
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What can I do if neighbor is blocking my solar panels intentionally?

I live on a 2.5 acre lot. I installed a ground mount solar array 6 years ago. Then 4 years later my neighbor planted over 39 tall cypress trees which are blocking the sunlight. Is there any law in ...
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Can I use the recycling bin of a residence or business that's out on the street?

Oftentimes I'll be carrying around some piece of recycling until I can find an appropriate recycling bin. There are usually public garbage cans everywhere, but sometimes there aren't any recycling ...
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Is there such a thing as “private beach”?

I have heard about certain cases involving the public trust doctrine. There have seemingly been cases where lakefront property owners are trying to change the law in the U.S. to have their property ...
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Can I sell a Craigslist/FB Marketplace item in a local store?

I want to sell a high value cell phone but I also want to stay safe. Are there any issues with me choosing a local grocery store or restaurant to conduct the transaction (goods for money)? Does it ...
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Challenge of payment for earnest money [closed]

I purchased a home and paid the agreed earnest money. Living and traveling between two cities, at the time, I don't remember how the money was paid (wire, cashier's check, money order) but all parties ...
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Legal Action Against a Property Appraiser [closed]

The property appraiser of my new condo failed to study the survey map to catch a massive non-disclosure about the property; I filed a complaint against the Board of Property Appraisers and he received ...
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Is it illegal to have two over-the-counter pills in the same jar?

Is it illegal to have two over-the-counter (Tylenol and Ibuprofen) pills in the same jar? A cop at the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Bartlesville Oklahoma USA one time took a jar from me ...
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How likely am I to receive compensation? (UK)

I recently bought my first property which is meant to be an exciting time until I realised the property has a broken boiler meaning I have no hot water or central heating. Now prior to exchange of ...
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Sister and 23 yr old niece won't move out of deceased mom's house

My mother died 6 weeks ago. My sister lived with her, and took care of her for a long time. I give her credit for that. Since mom has died, sister is holding onto the will. Our brother is the ...
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What are the legal risks in removing other people's baggage from a conveyor in baggage reclaim?

I originally asked this on Travel.SE, but didn't get any useful answers. So I thought I'd ask about the legal aspects here. For further details on why I was doing it, see the Travel.SE question. When ...
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Question about potentially illegal construction

Disclaimer: The following is the situation one of my friend has been facing. But since he doesn't have an account on SE and doesn't want to create any just for asking this question, he asked me to ...
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I bought an apartment on plan and it doesn't seems to respect the acoustic standards. What can I do?

I bought in 2015 an apartment on plan (Belgium). In the specifications it was mentioned that the belgian acoustic standard of 2008 "NBN S 01-400-1" would be respected. I received the keys in November ...
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Real Estate Appraiser

I purchased a new condo June 2017; There was something about the property that wasn't disclosed to buyers. It was on the survey map? but the appraiser admitted to me he didn't catch it and advised me ...
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Reclaiming property that is evidence in case

We were the victims of a burglary in August, and (fortunately) the criminal was caught red-handed with our property (running away from our house). Included in that property was a laptop, the main ...
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Who is the legal owner of the Twitter account?

I often see someone on Twitter saying something like: My account = my rules. And I always wonder…is this actually true? Who is the legal owner of the Twitter account? Is it Twitter or the user who ...
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Doctrine of Merger in Property Law

Under the Doctrine of Merger a vested or possessory life estate merges into the next vested future interest in fee simple (whether a reversion or a vested remainder) when both are held by the same ...
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Multiple Life Tenants

According to my textbook, there are three ways that a life tenancy with multiple life tenants can be carried out. (1) Life estate lasts until the last life tenant dies; the share of each survivor ...