Questions tagged [real-estate]

For questions about property that involves lands or buildings.

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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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Should I sign apartment condition form before inspecting apartment?

I am in the process of signing a lease on an apartment. Included in the lease documents is the standard Boston, MA, USA apartment condition form. https://www.lrgboston.com/pdfs/Apartment%20Condition%...
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Would towels under floorboards (for sound insulation) be considered an unacceptable fire risk?

I am a live-in landlord (UK), with two lodgers. My bedroom is on the ground floor, my lodger is in the bedroom above me. I want to reduce the noise from above, and this video suggests that folded ...
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Can my neighbor post signs on my side of the fence?

This is about a friend and not myself. The situation takes place in Alberta Canada. A friend of mine moved into his new home and the next-door neighbor demanded he pay for half the fence (Which was ...
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Can I quit claim deed my property to anyone I want?

I would like to transfer my property to a random person I do not know by quit claim deed. Can I do that?
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Can my HOA force us to pay additional costs for unnecessary capital improvements?

TL;DR: Can an HOA force homeowners to pay a large 1-time fee for installation of a street gate and increased monthly fees for road maintenance on the private road that is already in the process of ...
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Can I sue my appraiser from when I bought my home in Georgia a few years ago due to an egregious error on the square footage?

Both seller and buyer agreed to a purchase price with all the details agreed upon. The financing was not an issue either. The only issue that created a problem was the difference in the square ...
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Can someone get a spouse off a deed that never lived together and was incarcerated?

If someone bought a property before marriage (premarital), got married, refinanced the property while spouse was incarcerated which added spouse to quit claim deed, then got divorced months after the ...
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did you consent because you could have seen a poster?

Instead of a signed release, in recent years I'm seeing posters saying that if you walk in an area you consent to the commercial use of your likeness for unlimited purposes without payment. At least ...
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Force neighbor to resolve property line encroachment before selling house

My neighbor built a fence that crosses our property line. I had a surveyor come mark the boundary to be sure. (It has only been a few years so no adverse possession possibilities.) This neighbor is ...
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What counts as an illegal application fee under Mass law?

I'm planning on renting an apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The realtor says that to "hold the apartment" I need to pay 1st month's rent along with my rental application and proof of income. It ...
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What to do about neighbor's dangerous retaining wall

Several years ago, a neighbor built a retaining wall on the property line. It is a really cheap retaining wall and made from wood. The wood is now rotten and the wall is falling apart. Worse, cars ...
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Drafting a will to have a third party sell an inherited home? [closed]

The question title may be a bit misleading - it's hard to word my issue. Apologies in advance. Background I am 27 and my sister is 23. We stand to inherit a 1500 sq. foot home should anything happen ...
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Selling a home co-owned by someone with a severe mental disorder [duplicate]

The question title may be a bit misleading - it's hard to word my issue. Apologies in advance. Background I am 27 and my sister is 23. We stand to inherit a 1500 sq. foot home should anything happen ...
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Anything I could cite to make my apartment complex more flexible regarding their inspections in Texas?

So my apartment complex likes to do these pretend inspections which means they are about to sell the property again and they act like these are routine legal inspections of your HVAC unit, but again, ...
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Neighbour damaging property boundary - what are our rights?

UK query here. My question is about the options available to us when a neighbour carries out actions that damage our hedge boundary. The rights and responsibilities of property owners when it comes ...
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Do Covenants and/or By Laws become null due to non-enforcement?

I seem to remember a lecture during my Business Law Classes which discussed nullification of Community Covenants or By-Laws (an HOA for example) when a certain rule has been violated for x-years and ...
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The condition of leasehold improvements at the end of the lease

My understanding is that the default / customary approach to leasehold improvements is that they go to the lesser at the end of the lease. When that's the case, how is the condition of the improvement(...
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Buying a house that is in violation of a local setback ordinance? [closed]

I am in the process of purchasing a house in Ohio. It has passed inspection/appraisal and we were waiting for closing. The title company ordered a land survey and it was found that the house is over a ...
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Does 'in writing' imply handwritten?

My rental contract states that I need to give notice 'in writing' to my landlord prior to ending my tenancy. I'm new to legal terms and the country, does this phrase imply the notice needs to be ...
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Are buyer contingencies still needed if no Ernest money

A seller and I have agreed that no Ernest money will be paid in the contract. However, there are no financial or appraisal contingencies in the contract to void the contract if I can’t get the loan or ...
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Is it discriminatory to operate a real-estate website catering for a specific non-English language in the US?

My understanding of US discrimination laws is that the wording of the real-estate listing must not discriminate by race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. If a ...
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Can my landlord refuse to renew our lease due to downsizing of purchased lots?

Some background information first: I'm a father of three, and I've been running a store with my wife in the same shopping center in southern Florida for 20 years now. Around 13 years ago, we moved ...
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Signed contract to buy house that has tenant

I'm in Virginia. This week, I signed/ratified a purchase contract to buy a house in Virginia that's going to close in 40 days. The house has an existing tenant with a lease with the current owner that ...
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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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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? ...