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Questions tagged [property]

Use this for questions about belongings and possessions. See [real-estate] for questions about the possession of houses and buildings.

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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 [on hold]

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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inherited real estate in oregon [closed]

I live in Oregon and my friend passed away Oct 14th, 2018, in his Will, I was appointed the Executor, as well as a beneficiary, I got a lawyer and he said we needed to go through probate. Medicaid is ...
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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 ...
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Power of termination: how is it different from executory interest?

In CA, all defeasible fees are known as fees simple subject to a condition subsequent, and all executory interests reserved by the grantor after granting such fees are known as powers of termination. ...
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Fee Simple: trick question

O conveys "to A and his heirs, but if Blackacre is used by its owners for hunting during A's lifetime, then to B and his heirs; and if Blackacre is used by its owners for hunting after A dies, then ...
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Kellogg v National Biscuit Co

In Kellogg v National Biscuit Co it was ruled that once a utility patent expires the patentee can never make a trademark-like claim to the exclusive use of the source-identifying function of the shape ...
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Oregon v Newcomb: warrantless searches for animal welfare

Oregon v. Newcomb: A dog is personal property under Oregon law. However, Oregon law simultaneously limits ownership and possessory rights in ways that it does not for inanimate property. Live ...
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The Lanham Act: how similar is too similar in trademarks

The Lanham Act prohibits the unauthorized use of a reproduction, copy, or imitation of a registered trademark in a way that "is likely to cause confusion" with the registered mark. One factor taken ...
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Anticipating “novelty” in patent law

In its opinion the Court discusses earlier wire fence construction that, though somewhat similar to Glidden’s, did not “anticipate” the Glidden invention. “Anticipate” is a term of art in patent law. ...
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Can seller of property impose conditions on how it is used by the new owner?

When I sell a domestic animal, can I impose a condition that the animal is kept as a pet and never killed for meat? If the new owner breaches this condition, will I be able to hold them to account? ...
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Why doesn't London airport's Lost Baggage policy conflict with Theft by Finding or other UK law?

I lost a bag whilst going through security on a recent flight through Heathrow Airport in London, UK. Since getting home I've been online to try and track the item and have discovered that their ...
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Adverse Possession: Chaplin v Sanders

The “hostility/claim of right” element of adverse possession requires only that the claimant treat the land as his own as against the world throughout the statutory period. 183The nature of his ...
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Defining good faith

“‘Good faith’ means honesty in fact in the conduct or transaction concerned.” OCGA §11-1-201(19). “‘Good faith’ in the case of a merchant means honesty in fact and the observance of reasonable ...
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A invites B onto their property. B finds a mislaid item. Can B keep it or does it go to A?

Mislaid property is property that the owner intentionally set down in a place where he can again resort to it, but then forgets where it is. Mislaid property must be turned over to landowner, who ...
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Property law: title vs possession

In property law what is the difference between Title and Possession? They basically sound like the same thing to me.
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Property rights: the power of testimonial disposition

Property is a bundle of rights or legally protected interests, including: Right of possession, enjoyment, and use Unrestricted right of disposition Right to exclude others power of testimonial ...
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Moving Easements: Is Massachusetts in the minority?

Traditionally, you cannot move an easement without the permission of both parties. However, in M.P.M. Builders v Dwyer the state of Massachusetts decided that in the absence of an express prohibition, ...
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Constructive Eviction: split of authority?

Is there a split of authority regarding total constructive eviction? I know that according to the majority if there is total constructive eviction you have to move out and don't need to pay any rent. ...
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Tenancy at Will vs Periodic Tenancy: payment

Is it possible to pay for a tenancy at will without having the tenancy at will becaome a periodic tenancy? I ask this because a classmate told me that you cannot pay for a tenancy at will. The ...
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How can a cash sale result in a voidable title?

§ 2-403. Power to Transfer; Good Faith Purchase of Goods; "Entrusting". Please look at the statute above. It is fairly short. There is a link to it here: https://www.law.cornell.edu/ucc/2/2-403 I am ...
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Property law: mobile homes and deeds

Suppose the owner of a lot on which a mobile home is situated conveys the lot to a grantee, with no mention of the mobile home in the deed of conveyance and no discussion of the issue between the ...
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Someone broke my laptop, how should I handle this situation?

I am attending college in Wisconsin and I had my backpack leaning against the side of my desk. It was on the edge of the walkway between desks in the class room. Somebody walking by kicked my ...
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Unauthorized tow

Followed by vehicle, who was acting suspicous. Turned right on highway access road and the vehicle following me turned right across 3 lanes of traffic to follow me. Vehicle behind me hit their lights ...
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Can a township be at fault for damaging property?

This involves the neighborhood I grew up in, and where my parents still live. Its a small exurb of NYC. The development my parents live in is about 200 houses at the base of a steep hill. In the past ...
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What happens if I buy a stormwater basin from a property tax auction?

I've recently been reviewing property that is available either at auction or for immediately for purchase from the various counties in the state of TExas. Most of them are simply what you would expect,...
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If I don't live in a school zone, I shouldn't have to pay for that school's property taxes, correct?

My wife and I bought a house this year. We live just outside of my cities municipal school zone. We don't have any kids so we didn't think much of looking into the school zone maps when we moved. ...
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What are the rights a owner can do with an island?

Suppose, I have enough money to purchase a big island near Hawaii. After I purchased, I started to make some changes, such as: Changing the name of the Island. Build an airport. Build some houses for ...
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trespassing to personal property? [duplicate]

Let say I went into a store and bought something. When I was walking out an employee or the manager stop me and ask to look inside my bag because they assume I was stealing. Before, I could even ...
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At the end of a lease, who owns the parts used in repairs?

I have found it is usually the landlord who is responsible for most repairs and this is specified in the lease (barring tenant negligence or other stated reasons why a tenant would be responsible). ...
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Is it legal to buy/sell a property through power of attorney?

Is there a legal way to buy/sell a property(apartment) in a locality where registration is paused? Heard about power-of-attorney way but not sure if its valid in this scenario! Any advice on this ...
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In which countries does the body of the dead become property of someone?

It's been claimed on politics SE that the body of the dead becomes the property of his family. No country was specified, but is there really a country where this happens?
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Temporary theft, or, removing someones property to deliver it to their home or office

If I take somebody's property without consent, with the intent of keeping it, it is theft. If I take somebody's property without consent, but return it to them immediately, what law am I violating? ...
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Stealing my own property back?

I have a guitar that I let my friend Joe borrow on the consensus that he would return it in a couple of days. Joe is a mutual friend of my ex Bob. Bob stole the guitar from Joe once he found out it ...