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Can a utility force a new owner to pay previous owner's debts?

My niece purchase a "fixer-upper" house that had been empty for we-don't-know-how-long. I haven't had much success in locating Oklahoma law for this: She went to the water utility to get service. ...
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Tenant-Landlord Breach of Contract [closed]

The contract stated that the landlord would steam-cleaned carpet and the apartment among other terms. In return, the tenant pays 1650$ deposit and 1650$ rent to move in. The landlord lied repeated ...
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Selling someone a life estate in a house

I bought a property that has elderly tenants on it. They want to stay, but they can not afford to pay fair market value. For a bevy of reasons beyond the scope of this post, I don't want to be a ...
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Does a town have to have a justification for a zoning restriction?

In one town near me there is a town that has zoning restrictions like, if an addition is over so-and-so many square feet it must have planning board approval. This would seem to be capricious ...
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Moving into an apartment early as a rent concession

I've been negotiating with a management company to get a rent concession on an apartment in their building. I originally asked for a 1.5 month rent concession, instead they came to me with the ...
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Condo seller failed to disclose water damage which caused toxic mold that made family sick.

I bought a condo July '16 from out of state and could not be here for the inspection although my realtor was. In the disclosure statement the seller checked 'no' regarding moisture problems or water ...
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Can the council make you cut down trees on your property?

There is an ongoing dispute between a property I own and the council, they claim that some 20ft conifer trees that are on my property is preventing light and causing dampness in their property, also ...
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Can heirs keep living in the house of a missing person before death is known or assumed?

Suppose someone went missing and no body is found, nor any other sign of what became of her. I believe in France it takes 10 years before a missing person is assumed dead when there's no actual proof ...
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What's required to sell a home owned contract-for-deed that was previously owned by a person now represented by a conservatorship?

One party has owned a home for several years contract-for-deed in Minnesota. The previous owner has in the interim become involved in a conservatorship (due to declining mental health), represented by ...
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Promissory Note Versus Loan Agreement for Real Estate Investment

I have a friend that has been flipping houses for years and I have an opportunity to invest in one of her upcoming deals and would like to do so. However, I am not sure what the proper way for me to ...
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Easement for safety reasons

I am looking at leasing a commercial property, but one problem with it is that it has two parking lots, front and rear and the only way to get to the rear lot is by a very narrow passage that is about ...
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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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Is my orchard property, particularly the house, able to become a restaurant?

The house resides in the middle of an orchard. I'd like to retrofit my "empty nest" home into a restaurant similar to this one, but I believe there may be zoning laws that could prevent me from doing ...
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Researching of decades old oil well deed?

In 1981 my father purchased interest in an oil well, for which I have the paperwork. I am attempting to do some research on behalf of my mother to see if, after all this time, there was/is any value ...
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Damages During Open House [closed]

If somebody willingly invites people in during an open house, what happens when there are damages to the property? Does the realtor showing the house have any responsibility? A bit of background to ...
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In English law does a joint tenancy convert to a tenancy in common if a new tenant is added

For example, say I were to have a contract with 3 others. And all the requirements being met, we would have a joint tenancy in a property. If we (landlord included) were to amend a new party to the ...
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Sister is living rent free in inherited property. Should she pay rent to other sibling?

My father died in Jan 2015. My sister moved in with my mother Feb. 2015 to care for her. In April, 2015 my sister sold her home. She was now mortgage free. The following month, my mother added my ...
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Do certain laws result in a 'taking?'

Some time back the city of Denton Texas passed a law outright banning all fracking. I believe this law was passed by a referendum of voters who voted for it. Some investors holding property and ...
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What is a declaration?

I am following a conversation: An owner claims there is mold inside. He indicates that it was caused by a hurricane. Hurricane / Flood Insurance indicates it is not covered. I believe that the ...
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Is there a legal definition of “viewing a property” (in the UK)?

Some background: we're moving out of our apartment soon and the agency has requested to conduct a viewing for a prospective tenant when we're not at home, using the spare key in their possession. We ...
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What Rules Apply To Foreign Nationals Buying Real Estate In Mexico?

For a long time, it was illegal for people who weren't Mexican citizens to buy real estate in Mexico, although there were some elaborate devices that could be used to circumvent that rule. I have ...
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If “peppercorn” rent is not collected, can a tenant claim legal ownership of property? (UK)

I live in a property which has a garage attached which is rented to a neighbour, these are on a peppercorn rent of £1 per year. Now with a peppercorn rent I've read various descriptions which some ...
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UK - Can my (hostile) landlord's (hostile) agents enter my flat to conduct viewings without my explicit permission?

A little background I'm a student renting (short hold) a studio apartment from a private landlord through an estate agent. The term of the contract ends in September of this year. I've had multiple ...
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I couldn't move in right away, can I claim my deposit back?

I have got an issue in a tenancy agreement in the UK. On Jan 8th I visited an apartment. The agent told me the tenant's notice runs till Jan 31 but he said he would leave earlier. I have accepted to ...
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Is a payment contract invalid if one party doesn't attempt to collect payment from other parties?

I live in a neighborhood with an HOA. Everyone had to sign a contract with them to buy a house here (the company that built the houses owns the HOA). I recently found out, that for the past 10 years,...
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Can I cut down a neighbor's tilted fence that overhangs my yard?

I have a hypothetical question about property rights and structures overhanging the property. In New York state, let's say I have a neighbor with a wooden fence built slightly back from the border ...
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Would anything prevent a mortgage fixed to a property, portable between people in the UK?

Normally UK mortgages are fixed to a person, but portable/transferable between properties. Disregarding the 80+% of flats which are leasehold with no share of the freehold, is there anything in law ...
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Seeking advice regarding illegal compulsory purchase of local government on property in Finland

I am fighting for my rights to keep the ownership of my land falling to the local municipal government in Finland. The act of the local town zoning and construction committee has resulted in a ...
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Am I Obligated to Return a Mysterious Box?

Last week, I moved out of apartment complex. My U-Haul spent a fair amount of time unattended in the parking lot while I was lugging stuff out. When I got to my new apartment and unpacked my boxes, ...
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Is scraping real estate data illegal in anyway?

So a relative of mine works in the real estate business and she wants me to write a Python script that scrapes property prices and lot size from a website, calculate price per sqft, and email her the ...
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What instrument protects contractual interest in a real property purchase?

Jurisdiction: U.S., California Hypothetical Facts: A (buyer) and B (seller) sign a purchase and sale agreement for real property, R. After the contract is signed, but before the contract settles and ...
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Special court of law for condominiums

In the country where I live there is a special court for condominiums. In such court co-tenants in the same property can sue regarding administrations and use of common areas, maintenance fees, ...
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Can i sue an appraiser for a bad appraisal? [duplicate]

Can I sue an appraiser for a very low value on my appraisal. I have found three new comps closer to my area then the ones he used.
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Are these the only types of residential Tenancy agreements allowed in the UK?

On the Government's website it lists the types of tenancies, which makes me think that by law one is constrained to choosing one of those tenancies only and not have the option to create your own or ...
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Can the developer place a cellular antenna after purchase

My friend bought a flat (leasehold) directly from the developer in a London estate. There are a few courts in the estate but it is all managed by the same management company which is associated with ...
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Help re: beneficiary deed enforcement in Phoenix, AZ (Maricopa County)

My mom owned a home with her boyfriend (an attorney), and she passed away in Nov. 2015. Mom was his legal secretary for many yrs prior to her illness. She filed a beneficiary deed in 2014 to give ...
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Can any legal action be taken against abandoned/overgrown land

There was a public pay to play golf course behind our neighborhood, this golf course was sold to a new owner and after two years the new owner destroyed the golf course(removed the club house, stopped ...
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Is apartment co-signer responsible upon death of tenant?

If someone co-signs for an individual to get into an apartment, and does not live with the person in the apartment. Then, years later after the person in the apartment has renewed the lease at least 5 ...
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Can I be forced out of my tenants-in-common home?

My grandpa paid 72000 cash for my house. We are listed as tenants in common on title. He owns and lives in another house. The jurisdiction is Indiana. I've paid him 800/month for 1 year which he said ...
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What benefits to the freeholder and what disadvantages to the leaseholder does a long (1000 year) lease have over the freehold?

I am interested in a property and approximately 300 acres of associated land in the UK. The has a 1000 year long lease with a peppercorn ground rent and no service charge. I understand that every ...
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How do I find out the ownership conditions/rights regarding shared parking?

I have recently been lucky enough to buy a long term place to live. It is freehold with various conditions, including a modest service charge for upkeep of communal areas and an allocated parking ...
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(BC, Canada) Is a contract still enforceable with relation to a new foreign buyer's tax?

I live near Toronto, Canada, and the foreign buyer's 15% tax passed last week in British Columbia (only applicable to Vancouver) is generating very heated debate. Its effectiveness aside, I believe ...
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In Oregon what is the statute of limitations on legal action regarding a residential seller's failure to disclose?

My house in Oregon had water intrusion this winter. We later learned from a neighbor that this had happened several times to the previous owner who never told us anything about this. We are wondering ...
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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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Suing neighbor lacking building permit in NYS

I have a small vacation home in upstate NY. My next-door neighbor constructed a cinderblock additional building behind their home and have started using it for their business. They claim that they had ...
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My co-borrower wants her name removed from a 5 year mortgage contract

Me and my sister in law bought a house. We asked her help to acquire the loan. She signed the mortgage loan for a 5 year contract, and we got the house. Me and my wife paid all the expenses and down ...
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Inherited property with two unknown lien holders. What should I do?

My mom passed away 8 years ago and left her house to my brother and I. But since then, we haven’t been able to do anything with it because it has 2 liens on it. So it sits there unoccupied after all ...
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I purchased a mobile home with my money out of a settlement I got

What if it is just two friends who are no longer friends. I payed for my mobile home in full with my own money but put him on the title. Can I sell my share which is the full price to someone else?
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Contract alteration, what prevents it?

What's to stop counterparties to a contract from later marking up their copy with changes and forging initials, or swapping signature pages from one contract to another? Context here is executing ...
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UK - Responsibility when house is not built to standards

Apologies if this is not the right group. I bought a house last February (new build) and there are a few issues. We sent the list of issues to the builder who is supposed to fix them. One that is ...

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