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HOA Prohibits "Large Families"

My wife and I have found a vacant lot (this is in Utah, BTW) where we would like to build a house. However, the HOA that the lot belongs to does not allow more than four occupants, regardless of the ...
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Elder relative unwilling to change will to reflect current wishes

An elder relative, over 100 years old but with their mental faculties remarkably intact, has informed me after the death of their eldest child that I will be the executor of their estate. Let's say ...
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Is it legal to refuse an offer for real estate which is above the asking price, when there are no other offers by the published due date

A house in California is for sale with asking price of X . A buyer engages with an agent and finds out in writing that offers will be accepted until a certain date. A buyer submits a formal written ...
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Can a landlord sell their rental income from a tenant to a third party?

I am thinking about a new business venture, my idea is to create a professional vetting service which helps landlord vet their potential tenants, if a tenant passes the vetting process, I will offer ...
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What distinguishes adverse possession from theft?

I understand that, in the United States, adverse possession is a legal (but very rare) way to take ownership of someone else's real property against their will. What I don't understand is how this is ...
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Oregon property disclosure law: buyer discovers cracking foundation that seller did not disclose - 20 months after closing

I purchased a 110 year old house 18 months ago and am living in it. At the time of sale I waived inspection and did As-Is based on two factors: a 3rd party inspection was provided to me from buyer ...
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Can a real estate agent refuse to show a rental property (apartment) in NYC if I don't provide my eligibility information?

I'll email the Nooklyn real estate agents in the New York City area with a question about the property (e.g. floor level, elevator availability, cost of parking, etc.), and they almost always respond ...
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What would happen to the churches (physical buildings), works of art, etc. in case of a new schism?

In the recent past, in the opinion of some theologians, the German catholic church is close to a schism with the Catholic Church. Regardless of whether you agree or not, I'm interested in knowing what ...
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Can a landlord refuse to give a receipt for rent payment?

Is it legal for a business to refuse to give you a receipt when you pay them? For example a property management company refused to give someone a receipt for rent because they had not yet signed a ...
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Is rent acceleration legal in Texas?

Texas Association of Realtors' Sample Lease has the following: B. If Tenant fails to timely pay all amounts due under this lease or otherwise fails to comply with this lease, Tenant will be in ...
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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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Divorced mom pays mortgage. She wants to get title in her name

A divorced mom pays the mortgage on and lives in a house, but the house title is in both parents' names. The father is gone. The mom wants to move, but can't sell the house. How can the mom get the ...
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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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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 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 the description of number of rooms prescriptive or descriptive in Massachusetts condo docs?

We live in a three-unit condo, with three trustees (one per unit) who act by majority vote. We're interested in adding a second bathroom to ours — by converting an existing small room rather than ...
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Selling your primary home without living in it

I already own a house and I am booking a new construction house. I am planning use it as my primary home. However, I do have a question can I sell the house without staying in it for a single day? Are ...
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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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Landlord carrying out full inspection after giving impression that she would only be there to follow up a pipe repair

Received this from a friend, and I gave my own answer though not yet fully awake nor completely confident in my answer, but I will share mine below on which I welcome all feedback/critiques as well as ...
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Quiet Title Action. Is this normal?

I am in the process of purchasing a home for the first time. The title has a cloud because the house was sold at a tax sale in 2018 (the owner was deceased). The guy who bought it sold it to another ...
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How can I buy a piece of land in Germany whose owner is unknown?

German version below Long story short: I am interested in buying a piece of land next to ours. According to the official land register (Grundbuch), it belongs to two people, let's call them G and S. ...
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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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My parents purchased a condo under my name, can they legally take the condo back?

I live in Ontario, Canada. Due to conflict with my parents, they are claiming that by law they can force me to give back the condo to them (or repay them the amount of the purchase) since they paid ...
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How can I legally abandon property in Texas

I inherited an empty lot in a residential neighborhood in Kingsville, Texas from my grandfather when he died several years ago. I have been paying taxes on this property since then, but I would like ...
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Can landlords refuse to show you contract prior to application?

I've seen some landlords refuse to provide a sample residential lease contract prior to making an often non-refundable application, in California and other states. Is it legal? Aren't you supposed ...
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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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Is it legal to prevent a single parcel of land from being split?

I've spoken with a landowner in the rural area of Saratoga, California, who owns a single parcel with more land than he knows what to do with, and I asked him why doesn't he build an MDU or some such, ...
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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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To sell a house in Pennsylvania, does everybody on the title have to agree?

In the state of Pennsylvania (USA), does every person listed as the owner on the title of a house have to agree in order for one of the owners to be able to sell the house? I've read that the law ...
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Why do I have to sign a Corrective Warranty Deed for land I had no claim to?

I've found it get hard to get clear information on this subject, but here's the best I can come up with: My wife's maternal grandmother inherited land from her husband. Some of that land was sold to ...
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Estate Agents must pass on all offers made on a house - UK Legislation

I rang up an estate agent to make an offer on a house and was told they were not going to pass this on to the seller because there were already 3 offers on the table. I am aware that under UK Law ...
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Tennants have not been informed that the house has been sold

I rent a house that the landlord is trying to sell, and the landlord said I have 3 months to leave from when he has found a buyer. The estate agents have found a buyer, but they have not yet informed ...
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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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Legal challenges against age-restricted housing

It’s fairly common when looking for real estate to see “adults only,” “seniors only,” or “55+” restrictions for strata/condominium properties. I would expect this to be a cut and dried case of ...
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Is there any way to find out if a deceased person owns properties across the United States?

My wife and her two siblings had an absentee father who recently died of cancer. He left their mom for another woman about 12 years ago when they were all still children. They hadn't heard much from ...
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UK: What constitutes reasonable consent for not allowing tenants to keep a pet?

I'm currently renting a house in the UK and have been for 6 months now. The tenancy agreement states, you may: 'Not keep any cats or dogs on the property. Not keep any other pet, animal, bird, reptile,...
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Can a landlord forbid subletting if not stated in the lease?

Situation: I don't want to renew my lease, but found a place that's available 2 months before my current expires. My solution: I found a replacement tenant, and offered to do whatever cleaning is ...
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Eligibility to owning ground in Hong Kong

My dad is Cantonese and born in Hong Kong (grandparents are both Cantonese), while my mother is European. We live together in Belgium, Europe ever since my birth, which was also in Belgium. Since I ...
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Does "agree to negotiate" mean it has to happen?

We are in the process of purchasing some land, and one of the requirements of the contract is The buyers, BUYERS_NAME, agree to negotiate a trade of land with the neighbors, NEIGHBORS_NAME, if ...
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Buyers missed closing date due to delay in the sale of a contengency property -- What happens to the deposit?

This is a more focused, side-question based on some discussion in this post. Our Contract Details: Closing date of August 18th The contract has a buyer contingency of them selling their condo The ...
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Can a foreigner from non-EU country rent out his/her apartment in Germany?

I travel a lot to Germany as a tourist. I was thinking of buying an apartment there. Germany laws do allow you to buy property even on tourist visa. But I was wondering if I could rent that property ...
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Do tenants need consent to sublease?

If I’m a tenant and my landlord lets me have my camper on the property, do I need my landlord’s permission to lease the camper? How might the answer change if the agreement is informal—for example, if ...
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Borrowing from a relative or friend without documentary evidence — is it money laundering?

Suppose a person borrows money from a relative or friend, say, 10 million USD, without documentary evidence — the transaction is purely based on trust and cultural norms. If the borrower invests the ...
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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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Buyers have changed closing dates multiple times, costing us nearly $5000 in additional costs -- what can we do?

We are in Florida, USA. We accepted a contract for our home, with a closing date of August 18. A couple of weeks after the contract was signed, the buyers requested a new closing date of August 11 (...
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Can I sue an appraiser for assigning a low value to my property?

Due to the low value assigned to my home by an appraiser, I didn't get a loan and it did cost money. However, when I went to another bank, two new appraisers gave a higher value and I was able to ...
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Curious case of real-estate transaction with predatory tenants

This question is looking for some ideas and some underwater rocks that haven't been though of yet. The context: Jurisdiction: Nova Scotia, Canada A buyer and a seller has entered into an sale ...
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What does "residence of temporary character" mean

The protective covenants and restrictions section on the deed of a house has a clause stating: No trailer, basement, garage, barn, or other outbuildings erected on this property shall at any time ...
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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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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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