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Questions tagged [real-estate]

For questions about property that involves lands or buildings.

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Why receiving mail at address is important legal factor?

I've seen several times on this site and elsewhere (and on one of my own questions) that when it comes to housing questions/disputes often it's being asked "Have you received mail addressed to you at ...
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If a contract to purchase a home is modified after signing without a party's consent, will it be null and void?

My sister and I jointly submitted a bid to a house today for $580 000. After I signed the documents, she modified the bid to $600 000 without my knowledge. Now, in this case, neither she nor myself ...
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Does the UK have HOAs? (homeowner associations / Stratas /Syndic)

I'm looking to move to the UK in 6 months and purchase a flat, but I'm wondering if the UK has also HOAs like the USA? In the USA they are pure hell and want to know if I'll have to deal with them ...
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How does real estate / private land ownership come into existence?

I can buy real estate from another seller. That seller at some point bought it from someone else, and so on, until we arrive at the first "owner" of this property. How did that individual become its ...
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Regarding real estate contract [closed]

The sellers and I executed a real estate contract. After signing the contract, the attorney started switching out pages of the contract because information on the first page was incorrect. Also, they ...
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Artificially lowering home purchase price on paper (Ontario Canada)

In Canada, a mortgage lender will give you a higher interest rate for purchase prices over the $1,000,000 mark. Assuming you agree to purchase a home from a seller for $1,200,000, is it legal to agree ...
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Is a quit claim deed legally accepted if filed with the county?

I am the joint tenant owner with right of survivorship with my mother. We would like to remove her name and add my brother's. I've filled the form out with all the necessary details (grantor/grantee, ...
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Does a quitclaim deed imply that the grantor has some interest in the property

Just found out that my wife's grandfather had intended to sell a vacant lot he owned to one of his sons (my wife's uncle), but through some error this never happened. For the past 15 or so years ...
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Is it permissible by law to charge tenants for additional roommates?

Preface: I plan to purchase a single family home and rent it out to university students. Originally, it was expected that there would be one student per room (as communal areas would be sized ...
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Can a realtor take marketing photos of the interior of a rental for selling the property?

Can a property manager allow a realtor to come into your place to take photos of the interior - including your furniture and personal items - to publish these online to sell the property?
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Can your landlord raise rent for running a business?

Say you run an academy from your house. Can your landlord raise rent? Nolo.com says Also, in most states your landlord can’t use a rent increase (or evict you or decrease services, either) in ...
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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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Buying a house in a partnership [closed]

I am buying a house with a colleague in California. I am paying 80% and he is paying 20%. He is going to live in the house, and pay rent for my 80% stakes in the house. Is it at all legal? Can I ...
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Eviciting occupant of a house who has some equity in it in the US

I bought a house with an ex-colleague and I put up 85% of money and my colleague put up 15%. With an agreement that he would pay rent for the 85%. Now he has stopped paying rent. What are my options?...
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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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How do I digitally confirm the ownership of land to an individual?

What I'd like is to have an individual prove ownership of a parcel of land and then verify this claim digitally. What is the conventional process of a person proving ownership of their parcel of land?...
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Property lien expiration and removal in North Carolina

I live in North Carolina and had hired a contractor to work on my house. I'd paid them 50% in advance. They did a terrible job and were a nightmare to work with. I have refused to pay for the ...
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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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My friend needs me to act as a current landlord

My friend is having a hard time renting because she has never lived on her own. Everywhere she's gone they said she has to show 3 years rental history. I'm not coming doing this I feel it's fraud. I ...
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Tenant joint letter to evict an other tenant?

I am in the Los Angeles area, and there are 4 tenants in my house. The last tenant who just moved in yesterday smokes, I told him that he needs to do it at the far end of the yard, and clean up ...
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Subletting in commercial space with verbal but not written permission - NYC

I'm a tenant in a commercial space in NYC that is sublet friendly (lots of artists, musicians, etc.) My landlord told me subletting was okay when I first looked at the space I rented and I ended up ...
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Lease Assignment in NYC

I am in a 2 BD apartment in NYC. I'm on the lease along with the other tenant. There is a guarantor on the lease. I want to leave the lease, which has 10 months remaining. I have sent the landlord a ...
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Opinion Interpretation

An attorney (non-authoritative) opinion, regarding the algebra of calculating financial shares: The Association can only disburse the surplus funds to the unit owners according to their share of ...
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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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Do you have a right to your own reference check conducted by a third-party?

You apply through an estate agency for a house and pay them a fee to conduct a reference check. This reference check is then done by a third-party with which you interact with. In the UK, do you have ...
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How can one try to leave a home rental lease

Person A cosigns a lease for Person B. The lease is for a house. The lease period is for one year. The landlord agrees to allow the lease to be amended for another person, person C to be on the lease....
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Calif Small claims - HOA approved work that caused water damage to my condo

I believe it is reasonable to place responsibility for a busted waterline with the HOA and roofing contractor. Can I get thoughts from this forum on responsibility? ...or, Where can I research this? ...
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How can I buy a piece of land in Germany whose owner is unknown?

Long story short: I am interested in buying a piece of land beneath ours. According to the "ground register" (Grundbuch), it belongs to two people, let's call them G and S. Facts known about these ...
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Should I fight City Trash Citation for tenants trash

I own a quadplex in Cincinnati. Only 2 of the 4 units were occupied, but a tenant moved out on Monday, so I'm down to 1. The one that just moved out put all their trash by the road, not in a bin. My ...
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Is it legal to put a billboard on residential property?

A billboard is put on top of a person's roof or on his vacant land. It is zoned residential. This person lives on a main road and the billboard is visible to cars travelling on it. He hasn't received ...
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What happens to a contract when company is disolved?

I have been renting a property (residential) for 10 months from a limited company. I wanted to move out of the property recently, they informed me I still have two months left on my contract, i ...
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Can you buy rights to airspace in the US?

Say I am an astrophysicist setting up a location for an experiment involving measuring electromagnetic field strength from the ground. I can buy loads of land in the Mountain or Midwest regions of the ...
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Are property taxes attached to the property itself or the owners at the time?

Are the new owners of a property liable for taxes that accrue before they purchase it, or is this the responsibility of the previous owners? How would a real estate buyer be protected against a ...
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Can a spouse insist on payout of half of the equity in a home?

In a community property state ( TX ), can a spouse get one half of the equity from the home ( community property) , in the absence of a death or a divorce ?
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Who pays rates for property sale/purchase settlement day?

In New Zealand, properties pay rates to councils/local authorities. These are calculated yearly for periods with specific dates (e.g. 1st of April through to 31st of March, both inclusive). When a ...
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Are there any criteria in india to register a land for specific purpose?

In india can you register a land to other person for doing anything specific in the land? Like if I give it for agriculture or for devotional songs or Kirtan or any specific purpose? If they happen to ...
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Renovating entire condo following flood - insurance claim

We have a condo that was purchased roughly 40 years ago. The condo is insured by the HOA. There was a serious flood when I was out of the country causing extensive damage throughout the house. In an ...
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What recourse do I have if I can't meet a tight deadline to complete on a house purchase?

I've recently put down a reservation to buy a new-build flat in London, UK. This is one of the last flats available in the block and the builder is in a rush to complete and get the money as soon as ...
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What are the La Jolla Fraternity Row Laws?

I'm a current freshman at UCSD, and I was confused about the laws surrounding fraternity row here (I come from a Southern state where frats are very popular). Specifically, why is it illegal for ...
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Can a childless home owner living in rich neighborhood pay property tax to poor school districts?

I bought a home in a rich neighborhood because it is close to my work place, but I think other school districts would benefit more from my money. Is there any chance to choose where the school funding ...
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How should I describe the parties on a quitclaim deed?

I am preparing my own quitclaim deed in the state of South Carolina to transfer property per a separate maintenance and support agreement (pre-divorce agreement). That for and in consideration of ...
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Am I liable for 20 year old water bill for a house I bought?

I bought a house in Florida in 2017 and when I went to get the water service turned on they told me there is a water bill from 1998 and I need to pay it. Is it my responsibility even if I didn't own ...
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Laws regarding legal responsibility when buying a property with active leases

When I purchase a property with active leases, it's generally accepted in my circle that I'm legally required to uphold the active leases until they expire or the lease can be legally canceled for ...
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Can a tenant be obligated to pay rent and be forced not to live in the unit?

I’m on a month to month lease. I gave my landlord 41 days notice of intent to vacate, but they are saying they need 45 days as in the lease. The lease says I am responsible for the rent for the month ...
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What legal processes need to be followed, if any, to get squatters out of a house in Philadelphia?

When their father died, my wife and her two siblings inherited a townhouse in northern Philadelphia. All of them lived outside of Pennsylvania so they were thinking about renting out the property. ...
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Am I obligated to pay for a room if I'm living with family?

I receive $750 in SSI, plus $130 in SNAP, and every year, they ask if I'm paying room rental. Then I have to sign an 801 form. As of recent, I haven't been able to pay my parents, who are head of the ...
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Hunting rights to land but do not own the land

If a person inherits the hunting rights that are deeded and recorded, can the land owner force one to give the hunting rights back to him just because he wants to sell the land?
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Is it legal to live on commercial property?

I live in Grande Prairie, Alberta, and I noticed that some commercial properties in town are very affordable. I don't plan on starting a business nor do I plan on trying within this year. I did try ...
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Is it a crime to receive money from one individual and give it to another individual to reduce their taxes?

I have two relatives, Alice and Betty. Alice wants to give Betty a $20,000 cash gift, but because this is over the $14,000 cap for tax-free gifting, they are concerned about Betty's tax ...
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Can I buy a $ 500 lot as a foreigner to register a car in Florida?

I travel a lot to the United States (Florida). I would like to have my own car registered in the country instead of renting all the time. In long-term this will be cheaper and more comfortable. I ...