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Are there advantages to forgiving a mortgage

I hold a mortgage on a house owned by a relative and his wife. They made the monthly payments for a few years, but haven't paid anything for more than twenty years. Now that relative has died, and his ...
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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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How do I find who owns (and is responsible for) the maintenance of the fence between two houses?

According to the official land registry .gov.uk website "there’s usually no record of the exact boundary between two properties, or who owns the hedge, wall, tree or fence between 2 properties&...
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Can I purchase or lease the condo parking spaces directly behind my house?

I live in a single home with a condominium complex directly behind. Currently there is a hedge (condo side) that acts as a separator between the houses and the condo complex. Directly behind the hedge ...
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Is a subdivision plat legally enforceable?

TL;DR: (details follow below) Can a builder be sued for deviating from the subdivision plat, assuming it causes problems? I live in northeast Alabama and have a drainage issue with my 11 month old ...
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Who's responsible for property damage?

Hypothetically if there was a leak during apartment renovations on floor B which damaged the apartment on floor A below, the contractor blames the building and the building blames the contractor. Is ...
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Does procuring cause in real estate apply when you have to change an agent

I found a property for sale online and I toured it with an agent a week ago. There was no signed agreement between the agent and me. However, the agent is not willing to write an offer for me as they ...
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Does a minor own the proceeds of a tax forclosure auction if they own the property being auctioned?

In the state of New York a minor is the legal owner of a building (don't worry about how they came to own a building, but just assume they do). At some point the property taxes on the building become ...
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How strictly will a small claims court apply the language of my lease in Florida

I'm having a typical tenant landlord dispute. The TLDR is that I'm the tenant and my property manager is claiming exorbitant damages and landscaping clean up fees as well as home cleaning fees to a ...
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My mother passed away without a will or a spouse we are now in probate, and my mother owes $80,000 on her home which is appraised for a 120,000

My mother passed away on February 5th of this year. My eldest brother signed his right away to administrate the probate. My mother had no spouse and there are only 3 heirs: me (the youngest) and 2 ...
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After exchange of contracts in property purchase, what happens if someone has COVID-19 on the completion date?

Say I am selling my home to a buyer and also purchasing a house from someone, and the chain of sales goes no further than this (for the sake of simplicity). All house sales are in the UK, where you ...
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Are there any rules in California that govern what space can be counted as “living area” by agents when advertising property?

It seems that County Assessors under livable square footage use only legally permitted area. And Assessors use it to determine property taxes. However, are there any laws in California that would ...
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Meaning of word “remodeled” in California seller disclosure?

On California C.A.R. TDS forms sellers have to disclose any unpermitted work properly so that buyers would not later sue seller for misrepresenting property. On disclosures I have seen words "[re]...
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Is home buyer allowed to back out from purchase in case seller sent materially different disclosure form after buyer removed contingencies?

Before visiting a property seller sent C.A.R. TDS form via email that stated that "guest house was remodeled without permits". Since guest house was advertised as part of property and ...
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Is the new co-owner of property liable for its debt?

I co-own some rental property. My co-owner, who managed all the financials of the property (taking in rent and paying expenses) recently died. I haven't seen the deed, and his widow can't find it, but ...
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Who is responsible for the bull's damage?

Bob owns and lives on a piece of land adjoining another, vacant one owned by Alice. There is a sheep fence between them which Bob has installed at his own expense (even though he legally could demand ...
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If I owe state taxes, can the state seize a relative's property in retaliation?

I live in the United States and I owe taxes to the state, which I'm not able to pay. I don't have a permanent residence and live with family/friends. One of my family members received a letter stating ...
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Am I interpreting “Removal of Contingencies With Offer” clause properly?

C.A.R. purchase agreement has following paragraph that has a checkbox next to it: C. REMOVAL OF CONTINGENCIES WITH OFFER: Buyer removes the contingencies specified in the attached Contingency Removal ...
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Selling a college house

Let's say a father buys a moderately decent house for his daughter to live in for college. 4 years later he sells for a profit. Would capital gains taxes come into play given that the house is his ...
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Can I block an ADU that blocks my ocean view, invades my privacy, and casts a shadow on my solar panels?

A neighbor intends to construct an ADU that will completely block my ocean view and invade my privacy by inviting residents to congregate directly in front of my living room windows. Also, at 16 feet ...
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In France, can you lock out a squatter the way they locked you out?

This is specific to France (and maybe other countries, but I doubt that there is any other with such a surrealistic legislation like ours) In France, when someone breaks in to your house and stays ...
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Is a Washington State tile contractor responsible for failed work installed incorrectly after 2 years?

We had our main floor and 4 showers tiled by a contractor who was recommended by the tile supplier. Within two years of the tile completion, the shower tile loosed and lifted and water leaked under ...
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How do we sue an appraiser who violated professional standards? [duplicate]

We applied for a residential real estate mortgage and the bank sent a licensed appraiser. Both our insurance appraisal and the property tax assessment valued our home at over $1M and the bank’s ...
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What can I do if a builder ignores me while I try to have them fix something that is under warranty?

I am a US citizen living in the US. I own a condo, which has a builder's warranty on it. I have been attempting to contact the builder to fix an issue with my roof/ceiling that is covered on the ...
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Is this an implied easement?

I'm looking to purchase some property in Ontario. The property in question is between two other properties. The owners of the properties on each side have created a path through the wooded area to ...
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Can accessory buildings under 108 square feet have a basement in Ontario?

I'm looking to build a small bunkie in the forest behind my cottage. I've been reading the bylaws, and it looks like I can come up with a pretty usable space by including a loft with a less than 6 ...
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How to extend easement to new piece of property being severed?

I'm in Ontario, Canada. I'm looking at purchasing a piece of land behind my parents cottage. I'll be severing 1-2 acres from a much larger parcel, and because it is behind my parents property there is ...
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Real Estate “For Sale” sign on easement

A house on a landlocked tract (Property A) in North Carolina is for sale by realtor. Property A is accessed from the state road by a driveway, the end of which is constructed on an easement granted ...
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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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Realtor's 'For Sale' sign was on wrong property & I bought under impression it was as-shown

Clearly I didn't perform due diligence here...although the Control Map and Parcel number were listed correctly, and a surveyor re-walked the property (a vacant lot, ~1 acre in size) & provided me ...
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Capital gains tax on half a house?

My mother and I jointly own a house in Nevada. It's her primary residence, but not mine. Is there any way to legally avoid paying capital gains tax if the house is sold either because my mother wants ...
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Buying a property, neighbor across the st is using the property's address

I own a house, and am currently thinking about buying the vacant lot next to mine to ensure that no one builds on it (beautiful view). While talking with the seller they mentioned that the neighbor ...
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Hypothetical - new land ownership

I am intentionally not specifying a country for the following as I am interested in answers for different countries. Lets say that instead of global warming we would have global cooling - the ice ...
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Adverse possession in MA, USA

X bought property recently in MA. X does land survey for the purpose of building fence. Survey reveals: (1) row of small plants of neighbor Y is inside X property. (2) old fence between neighbor Y and ...
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Roommate/co-tenant said she would renew but lied after I sign lease - invalid lease?

So, my roommates and I planned to sign a lease renewal as co-tenants in NYC. While some of the roommates already signed it, the others changed their mind last minute. This unfortunately means the ...
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What constitutes 'pre-existing structure' in a tax abatement?

I recently purchased a new construction condo in Philadelphia, PA which is subject to a tax abatement via Philadelphia Ordinance 1456-A. According to a document I have from the City of Philadelphia's ...
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How to encourage landlord to fix retaining wall

I am located in Colorado, USA. We own a house that has a rented home behind it. There is a retaining wall between the two properties. We have checked on the county assessor's website and the ...
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Is it true that only people who own properties in Karnataka can make an agreement of sale in Karnataka?

I am planning to purchase a plot in Karnataka. Currently I have no properties in Karnataka and I'm a Keralite. I heard that in order to make an agreement with the plot owner, I need to have some ...
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Does this Restrictive Covenant apply to new purchasers?

I am considering buying a house. There's a restrictive covenant attached to it that begins as follows (emphasis mine, blanks contain the original husband and wife who were the developers): _____ ...
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Recourse loan state and Non-Recourse loan state which one prevails?

Someone that lives in a non-recourse state buys property in a recourse state. All signatures where done by mail in their home state. Is it automatically a recourse loan since the property is located ...
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How can I protect my family land, my family relationships, and my husband? [closed]

My grandmother is the sole owner of 40 acres of land. Her will states that it will be divided between her children, my aunt and my dad, upon her death. My father died a few years ago, and my ...
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Buying all the timeshares

What if you own a fractional property or a timeshare which we all know are a rip off, but then you bought everyone else’s time shares for that particular fractional property. Would you own that ...
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UK Estate Agent withdrawing house before occupancy without returning fees

In February, my relative agreed to rent a house. She paid a holding deposit, and after numerous credit checks the move was agreed - to begin on 1st April 2020. She paid the deposit and first month's ...
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What is a “generic” deed form (for transferring house)

I called my town's county clerk office (in Florida, USA) to inquire about how to transfer the deed of my parent's house to being solely in my mom's name following my dad's passing (she is disabled and ...
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Is a real estate license enough to act as a buyer's agent?

Location is United States, Tennessee. I've heard that you need to be part of a brokerage in order to serve as a listing agent, but I haven't found a definitive answer on if that's a requirement to ...
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Quitclaim reversal in Washington state. Statue of limitations? Options? Legal recourse?

My question involves real estate located in the State of: Washington My home, has been hostilely taken over. It appears after my home was legally purchased and transferred into my name, that a ...
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Who decides the sale price of jointly owned property?

Two friends decide to purchase a condo 50/50 and become roommates. Foolishly, no agreement between the friends is entered. Shortly after, roommate A finds a girlfriend. The relationship rapidly ...
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Contract for deed purchase with existing tenants

When purchasing a property contract for deed with an active month-to-month lease and tenants on the property, does that lease typically transfer to the purchaser? Or, is that something which has to be ...
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Can land lord prevent room sharing overnight due to religious reasons? We both pay rent separately and have two separate rooms

Landlord is trying to prevent bf and I from sleeping in one room overnight. We both have our own rooms. However I mostly just use it to change and store my stuff. He made a written agreement after I ...
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Intestate succession in Utah: Parent and Siblings

Joe owned a home. He died without a will. His survivors are a mother and six siblings. Do I understand correctly that the mother inherits everything and the siblings nothing? Here is a link to the UT ...

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