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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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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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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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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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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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Are there any Social Security loopholes I can use to justify my inability to pay rent to my parents?

I received $750 in SSI until May 2018, plus $130 in SNAP, and every year, they ask if I'm paying room rental. Then my mother usually signed an 801 form. However, this was the first time I heard about ...
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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 ...
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Can a condo HOA be held responsible for inside mold remediation due to a suspected leaking roof?

Can a Massachusetts condo HOA be held responsible for inside mold remediation due to suspected water seepage of a roof? How great of a burden would it be on the home owner to prove it came from the ...
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How can I legally petition for a home that has been in the family for generations but the deed has another name on it

There is a house in my family that has been lived in for almost 70 years. Originally the family member that purchased the house used a family friend to procure the mortgage (she did not know better as ...
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UK: If brother acts as guarantor on mortgage, is he no longer classed as first time buyer?

If my brother acts as guarantor for my mortgage, but does not put his name on the house deeds, would he no longer be classed as a first-time-buyer? This is important because it makes a difference to ...
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How to confer residency rights without tenancy?

I am buying a large house which has an existing owner who is a very old man and I would like to give him the right to continue to live in the house, but not have the same rights as a tenant (exclusive ...
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How could an “unknown easement” exist on a property?

I read in a list of potential property title defects that there could be an "unknown easement" (#7 in the list). How could there be an unknown easement? I thought all easements must be recorded on ...
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UK: Can I give money to my brother instead of him paying income tax on a share of my rental income?

Let's say my brother acts as guarantor for my mortgage, so that I can buy a bigger house than before. He does not put his name on the house deeds, and he does not contribute to mortgage payments, I ...
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Is it legal to auction land without telling bidders it's landlocked?

I am looking to purchase some land in Texas that is being auctioned for back taxes. It was made clear that the auctioneers will not be telling anybody that the property is landlocked, and they will ...
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Can a person sell his own house in Idaho without any assistance from a broker or agent?

I've been studying real estate law lately for personal pleasure and to better understand the process of buying and selling because I happen to be selling right now. I opted to "sell by owner" using ...
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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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UK Law: Requirement to put guardrails in place in communal garden?

Question: Is there a legal obligation to put guardrails in place along the top of a wall in a communal grass area? Background: Our UK terraced property has some communal outdoor grass areas which ...
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Joint tenancy survivorship unmarried breaking up no mortage

If the house is paid off and I no longer want to live in it but the joint owner does do I give up any rights by moving out and selling down the road? I want him to be able to stay in the house ...
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Who is responsible for the property expenses with a life estate which is owned by tenants in common, when not all of the owners live on the property?

If a property is owned by tenants in common but has a life tenant (who does not own the property so there are three parties involved) who is responsible for outgoings such as rates and repairs? If ...
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If I have a lease, do I have to live there?

This is stupid but I am debating with my mom. I have a lease in an NYC apartment. In the building there are security cameras in the hallways. For some reason she thinks that you have to go home and ...
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What are the benefits of a cohabitation contract in US in no-common law marriage state?

After a number of years together, an unmarried couple in a no-common-law-marriage state decide to consolidate households. The apartment renter (say $1000/mo) will move into the other's mortgaged ...
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Can I destroy a drone that is overflying on my backyard? [duplicate]

The other day, a friend of mine told me that a drone was overflying on his backyard and he hit it throwing up a rock to it. That incident bring me a few questions. Is that legal? The air in my ...
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Litigation Asset protection: Should I hold equity in my home or rental property?

I currently own a house (which has a significant mortgage) and a residence which I rent out (which I have almost paid off). The equity in my rental unit is a key part of my retirement savings. I own ...
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UK District Councillor Nepotism over Planning Application

I hope this is a suitable question for a law forum. We applied for planning permission to build a small extension on the side of our house. Our neighbour had objected however planning officers deemed ...
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Are sellers expected to pay for formerly working Furnace after purchase?

Bought a house recently. When we had the inspection the furnace worked and when we did the walk through they had replaced the thermostat and the heat was off. Now, after signing, the furnace is ...
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Realtor broke contract without notifying

I have been in the process of buying a house for the last months and my realtor had been acting strange as she kept arguing for the Seller. Now First off I live in PA so Dual Agency is allowed, ...
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Sell parcel to beneficiary of deed of trust

In California, suppose the Beneficiary of a Deed of Trust wants to buy the parcel from the Trustor, but the Trustor still owes some money. What deeds would get recorded to make this happen? My ...
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Are leases with the US National Forest Service public information?

The US National Forest service enters into leases with individuals that entitle the lease holder to use National Forest land for some explicitly outlined purpose. These leases are called special-use ...
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What rights do second lienholders have in foreclosure actions by primary lienholder?

It is common for real property to have multiple liens against it. The primary or "senior" lien is typically a mortgage lender. Subordinate liens may have attached to a property through loans or ...
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Getting property removed from my land

I require somebody else's property to be removed from land I am freeholder of as I need the space myself. I think that: Them refusing to remove it is "tresspass", a civil wrong. I can take them to ...
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What are the needs/benefits to have a lawyer to refinance a mortgage?

When buying a new house, you usually need a lawyer to deal with all the documents, including the mortgage. Is there any need for (or benefits from) having a lawyer involved when simply re-financing ...
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Landlord lost 60 day Notice

A month ago I went into my apartment complexes office and handed a typed 60 day notice to the person at the front desk. They lost the notice or misplaced it. When the my new landlord called my current ...
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How hard is it to change a condo association name in Washington DC?

My wife and I just bought a condo in Washington DC. In DC, it is very common for a developer to buy a row home, gut it, and turn it into a 2 or 3 unit condo, and that's what we bought. Our building ...
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Co-Owned Property Rights

I'm a co-owner of some commercial property in Louisiana. One of the co-owners wants to rent out part of the property; however, I don't agree with the terms. Apparently he has already granted access ...
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Do I need to pay the real estate agency if the contract was signed after I moved in?

I have signed a very standard rental agreement with a landlord. I have contacted him through a real estate agency, because they were the ones who posted the ad on the Internet. They did not ...
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Is it illegal to claim an address as your “primary residence” if you don't live there most of the time?

I currently live and work in NJ. I am single and live with my parents. The apartment we currently live in is small and I want to buy a house, but my state is pretty expensive. My parents found a ...
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Buying a condo with no condition and end up finding problems in the status certificate

We purchased a condo two weeks ago. We do not have an real estate agent and we end up dealing with the seller's real estate agent directly. We're told by the seller agent that there are multiple ...
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Changes to contract after one party signs

This is regarding a real estate transaction. Seller's atty submitted contract to buyers atty. Buyer signed contract and sent back to sellers. Seller received signed contract, made a change, then ...
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Is failure to disclose the bullying and offensive Tenancy In Common president basis to annul the real estate sale?

My relative bought a condo which is under Tenancy In Common arrangement. During the first week it became apparent that it has (a probably psychopathic) individual who is a president. He is bullying, ...
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Real estate agent tort

Suppose I sign a lease for an apartment and also pay the agent who showed me the apartment the fee they require. I ask the agent if I can move in a day early and she gives me the phone number of the ...
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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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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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Update: Our neighbor's fence is on our property and they want adverse possession

We had our property surveyed before we built a fence. Turns out our neighbor's fence is on our property. It is built 7 ft in at the back and runs the length of the lot line to 6" in at the front. ...
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Can my business be liable if I'm sued personally?

I've seen this questioned asked the opposite way a number of time, but I've not seen it the other way around. Lets say I own a million dollars in real estate in an LLC. If someone has a grievance ...
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Asbestos found in home after closing - any rectification?

The home was built in 1978. There was nothing in the disclosures and while I did have an inspection that noted flaws in the ceiling and noted the construction as drywall the risk of asbestos was not ...