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NY Attorney General Says Better Treatment for Tenants
In New York, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo finally brought down one of the city's most controversial landlords, Vantage Properties. Who Is Vantage Properties? Vantage Properties was founded in 2005. They have emerged as one of New York's leading investors in residential and retail properties. Today, ... READ MORE

US Landlords Settle Lead Paint Lawsuit
The US recently settled a lawsuit charging two Michigan landlords with failing to their tell tenants about dangerously high levels of lead in their rented homes. Federal law, as well as the laws in most states, have strict legal requirements on property owners and lead in any form on their property. ... READ MORE

The Eviction Process and Tenants' Rights
A landlord who fails to follow specific state eviction rules and procedures may lose an eviction lawsuit. In addition, state laws give tenants specific rights to fight an eviction based on illegal landlord behavior, such as terminating a tenancy for a retaliatory reason. ... READ MORE

State Real Property Codes & Statutes Websites
Each state has its own set of laws or statutes dealing with real estate matters, covering everything from buying and selling it, to how and when it can be divided, to settling disputes over who actually owns it. Use the links below to access your state's real property code or statutes. States Beginning ... READ MORE

Tenants' Remedies in Disputes with Landlords
It's not uncommon for landlord and tenants to have disputes periodically about things like an unsafe condition on the premises, like rotten wood in the stairwell, or some other needed repair, like a furnace that won't maintain a comfortable and stable temperature in the winter. Quite often, you're able ... READ MORE

Tenant's Duties
With a leasing arrangement, a tenant has certain duties and liabilities with regard to the relationship with the landlord. The tenant is generally responsible for the areas under his control and the safety of his or her visitors. However, the tenant has no duties with regards to structural defect hazards, ... READ MORE

The Right to Privacy
Tenants expect that their privacy will be honored. Landlords respect this, but they also expect that there are times that they should be able to enter and inspect the property they own.A tenant's right to privacy isn't always black-and-white. The rules can change from state to state. In some jurisdictions, ... READ MORE

What to Expect from Your Landlord
When you're renting a home, you might not be thinking about your privacy rights and landlord access to your rental. Maybe the issue doesn't come up until you're seeing too much of your landlord, leasing agent or maintenance workers. Know the rights on both sides, and lease terms to look for before you ... READ MORE

Rent and Rent Control
In just about any lease, some of the most important parts are the rent provisions. The payment of rent is critical to both the landlord and tenant: it's what the tenant has to pay for the right and privilege to use the property, and it's what the landlord charges to cover things like the costs of maintaining ... READ MORE

Renting and Housing Discrimination Laws
There are many valid reasons for a landlord to reject a potential tenant, such as poor credit, unstable job history or negative references from past landlords. However, several federal, state and local laws make certain kinds of housing discrimination illegal. Landlords and tenants should know what kinds ... READ MORE


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If the note is not paid in full, the lender will not satisfy the mortgage.  The transfer of the deed to you was done without the consent of the lender.  They will retain their lien until the ...Read more

If the property is up for sale due to unpaid taxes, it sounds like the taxes have been delinquent for several years.  Taxing authorities are usually agreeable to payment plans.  You should c ...Read more

You need to get that bank to satisfy the loan. They had 60 days from the date of payment to satisfy loan. They are late and in violation of the law. 

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What if relatives are not paying their share of property taxes?

Q: Property was turned over to us children. Two siblings passed away. Their children have not paid a cent of taxes for almost 18 years and now are holding us up from selling. What can I do? (Whit ... Read more

Texas Innkeepers and Hotels – Part One

In Texas, a lease of land grants the lessee an acutal estate in the real property made up of the specific rights granted.  Depending on the type of rights granted to a lease, the express terms of ... Read more

Mexican Law: Property Ownership

Mexican Law provides for private ownership of land by foreigners, and its law is very specific about the way in which land rights should be transferred from seller to buyer, and also what type of land ... Read more

Can I get out of a Standard Agreement for the Sale of Real Estate that I si

Q: I signed a Standard Agreement for the Sale of Real Estate and closing is scheduled for 7/26. I suffer from major depression and I was also withdrawing from a prescription from my doctor. I do not b ... Read more

Transferring Mom’s House to Kids When There Is No Will

Dear Ms. Allison: My mother passed away. The house we live in is in her name. Mom had no Will so how do I get her house put in my name? I do have other siblings. S.C. from the Panhandle* Dear S.C: If ... Read more

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