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(NJ) Can somebody be bound to a contract by not opting out?

I am dealing with a situation where I was charged several years for an HVAC service contract that the prior owner of my home had with a company. There was time left on the contract for the year we ...
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Real estate verbal acceptance

In real estate, if a seller says, he will accept an offer before signing it and multiple offers come in after, Can he accept a different offer?
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How should the inherited Italian property of an American who died intestate in Dominican Republic be handled?

An American citizen died in the Dominican Republic 15 years ago without a will. His last address was in the DR. We recently learned he owns property in Italy (he was born there and inherited his ...
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Why might a court not be allowed to order the sale of home owned by a tenancy of the entirety?

I am reading a case from 1978, Kahn v. Kahn, in which the Court of Appeals in New York debated whether it had the authority to order the sale a couple's home during divorce proceedings. The principal ...
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Are Arab Israelis permitted to purchase land in the West Bank?

It seems that Palestinian land laws prohibit Palestinians from selling any Palestinian-owned lands to "any man or judicial body corporation of Israeli citizenship, living in Israel or acting on ...
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Basis of real property ownership in civil law and non-Anglosphere countries

In England and perhaps other common law jurisdictions, property ownership is governed by the feudal remnant called "tenure", whereby what is commonly called "owning" is actually a &...
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A store security guard prevented me from entering a shop 30 min before the close, does he have the right to?

I tried to enter a shop that closes at 11 p.m. in France, at 10:30 p.m., and the store security guard prevented me from entering. Does he have the right to? If not, what could I do to go in? What do ...
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Child support question

I have a house that was inherited but I owe child support, but it’s not just inherit to me, it was also inherited to my sister my mom left it to both of her kids which is me and my sister my sister ...
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Sham gift scheme to evade foreign buyer tax

Reading the National party's intention to impose 15% tax on foreigners buying property in New Zealand, I wonder if the following scheme could well flourish if that plan came to reality. Say Yáng, a ...
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What is a "strata lot"?

In relation to real property, what is a "strata lot"?
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How long do restrictive covenants apply on property willed to the state?

If I devise real property to the state of Texas in my will, and it specifies that the homeless can not be evicted on the property, how long will that restriction apply for? Assume the state accepts ...
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Made aware of a utility easement a year on

Assume that around 1911 a utility sewer is laid down on private land with an easement that was limited “until a public sewer pipe be built”, with the document being properly filed. Such a construction ...
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Adverse possession between new owners

I purchased my property in 2016. My current neighbor purchased his in 2019. The current fence between our properties had been installed some time ago, presumably by the respective previous owners. I ...
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If a rift expands the surface of one's land (e.g., resulting from an earthquake), who owns the new land?

Looking at the geological pictures of the 2023 Turkey–Syria earthquake made me wonder: If a rift expands the surface of one's land, who owns the new land (i.e., the rift)? I'm mostly interested in the ...
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Can someone tell me what this document is saying?

Context: I purchased some land and paid cash for it in full and owned it without any kind of lien. We then proceeded to begin the process of building a house. Secured a builder and a construction loan....
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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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"Reverse whois" for UK land ownership...?

when we want to know who owns a given piece of property, we can consult HM Land Registry. But suppose we wish to find out what properties are owned by a given person or company? What are the best ...
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Does the doctrine of unlawful ouster apply throughout the common law world?

Like England for example? If so then why do English legal materials speak so much rather of illegal eviction than of unlawful ouster?
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Legal precedents or process in USA for removal or alteration of land restrictive covenants for a subdivision lot?

Are there any particularly helpful examples or precedent processes of having restrictive covenants lifted or lessened in the USA (specifically Ohio) when a property is still owned by the original land ...
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Considerations other than the offer in a real estate bidding war

My wife and I just apparently lost out on a property and I am trying to understand what happened. It was a trust, listed by an attorney. The deceased had no children and No relatives in the area. It ...
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Why does LP(MP)A 1989, s 2 proffer a 2nd form — that allows each of the 2 separate documents signed by merely 1 party? Advantages over 1st form?

I start by citing the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989, s 2(3). (3) The document incorporating the terms or, where contracts are exchanged, one of the documents incorporating them (...
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Prescriptive Easement - how exactly does this apply to utilities?

A prescriptive easement in my state (MT) is defined as: "A prescriptive easement is a right to use the property of another that is acquired by open, exclusive, notorious, hostile, adverse, ...
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How is a notarized document different from a document with the District Registrar/sub-registrar?

Jurisdiction: India Relevant Law/Statute: ? Here in India a document may be notarized by a Notary Public, or it may be registered (if it falls under certain types ) by the District Registrar subject ...
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Can bona fide purchasers transfer the title of real estate or a motor vehicle?

This is a follow up question of the question entitled "Equity's darling": How do U.S. courts overcome bona fide purchasers?", and seeks the answer to what happens when BFP's engage in ...
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How to find a good HOA Lawyer to deal with confrontational HOA [closed]

Suppose that a person's current HOA is very aggressive with increases, fines and attorney fees that tends to silence community members rather than empowering them. Suppose that the management ...
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What rights do landlords in Ontario have regarding prompt delivery of Preliminary Notice for Annual General Meeting

I live in Toronto, Ontario. Our condo's AGM is to be held on February 10, 2022 this year, and the deadline for nominating directors and submitting questions is Jan 10, 2022. However, although the ...
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If a property changes owner during Party Wall Act works, what is the effect on consents, s10 processes, and further work stages?

The Party Wall Act governs works which by their nature may extend over a significant period of time, and are inherently not absolutely certain and deterministic at commencement. (For example, during ...
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Rainwater directed from neighbour's property by older construction

Consider two adjoining properties in a high rainfall location. Both owners are relatively recently moved in. The owner of PropertyA discovers there is ongoing property damage due to rainfall ...
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Real estate law omission of important disclosure

Suppose that a person A bought a house in california three years ago. The last owner had lived in that house from the time it was built in 1964 until four years ago. When the owner passed on, the ...
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How do I get the title and ownership paperwork for a deceased relative's house?

My mother passed away. She left a will saying who should receive which items. However, my mother's will lacks a lot of useful information. For example, the will does not state where the title ...
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Civil Case- Tricky Eviction

Let’s say, for instance, that a person is renting a home from someone who has died. However, the alleged landlord is the son of the deceased owner of the home. Only problem is that this son has never ...
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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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Copyright a Land Feature?

This sign is posted on private property in New Mexico, USA at: 35.47212, -106.15719 COPYRIGHT NOTICE Photos and videos taken of Lone Butte Mountain may not be directly or indirectly published, ...
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Who gets the pay-out from insurance after a house fire? The person who lives there, or the person who paid the premium?

Two siblings inherit a house 50:50. One lives abroad and wants to sell-up and split the money, the other is jobless, doesn't want to sell, lives in the house and won't negotiate with other sibling. ...
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The big-boys want to use our condo-fee to repair their private portion

I live in a small condominium with eight units. Two units have their private balconies with private entrance. They want to have a major repair done for their private portion. The expected cost is ...
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Who is responsible for the bull's damage?

Bob owns and lives on a piece of land adjoining another, vacant one owned by Alice. There is a sheep fence between them which Bob has installed at his own expense (even though he legally could demand ...
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Criminal action for "accidental" property damage

I recently saw a story on YouTube about a family which had an issue dealing with a roofing company. The roofing firm somehow made an error about which house they were supposed to re-shingle and ended ...
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What is a "Right of a seat in church" Easement attached to land

I was casually reviewing property statutes for Oklahoma, as one is wont to do, when I came upon: 60 OK Stat s60-49: The following land burdens or servitudes upon land, may be attached to other land ...
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What happens to the mortgage on property which has been 'Adversely possessed'

So if property has not been utilised by the original owner, and another person starts to occupy and utilize it for a reasonable period of time (i.e., 20 years), the new occupier can lodge for the ...
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HOA bylaws: Are they enforceable absent a contract?

If one lives in a community (a “Resident”), in which there has been a longstanding non-profit corporation calling itself a “homeowners association” (the “HOA”), with bylaws, and registered with the ...
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Does the surveying term "right-of-way line" refer to a single line, or to a strip or swath?

I'm taking a class in real property law. We have many exercises where we read a survey map and write a legal description in metes and bounds. Many of the maps use the "centerline" of a road but some ...
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What is the legal term for enforcing things when an HOA has been lax previously?

Let's say an HOA has been very lax in enforcing its CC&Rs in the past. There are restrictions about fencing, but many owners got and received variances in the past and have put up fences that don'...
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How hard is it to dissolve an HOA?

In Texas, and in the county I'm speaking of, to dissolve or drop out of an HOA there needs to be a 2/3 majority of property owners (1 vote per property) voting in the affirmative in order for a ...
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To what extent has the legality of property taxes been tested in American courts?

In the United States, many State governments tax land property owners based on the value of the property. These taxes are assessed every year and must be paid or the state will seize your property and ...
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HOA president using HOA funds for a French drain in his back yard

I am the new treasurer of an HOA board. The president of the HOA has complained that his back yard is soggy when it rains and has arranged for the HOA to pay to have a french drain installed in his ...
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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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Can lease holder physically remove my items from home without judges order?

I live in a shared home and pay rent to the lease holder. He doesn't want me to live here anymore. The leaseholder basically said he has the right to kick me out whenever he wants and to remove my ...
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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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Could something like CyberBunker be legally ran in the US?

CyberBunker is the name of a company and Soviet-era nuclear bunker that has been converted to a datacenter in Holland. They made some news a few years ago when they were raided by a SWAT team, but the ...
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Can I allow use of a property while limiting exposure to liability? [closed]

I own a semi-rural property in Canada which I use as a seasonal residence; it's unoccupied for long periods. People in the surrounding community are accustomed to traversing the property ...