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Articles relating to "Legal":

Condominium Association Life: How can board implement electronic voting? (1/16/2017)
Statues permit an association’s board of directors to authorize an internet-based online voting system via a board resolution that must include specific info.

How to prevent fraud in a home sale closing (1/12/2017)
Real estate Q&A: A buyer wonders why his closing company wants him to wire the money he’s paying at closing, but only after confirming the wiring instructions.

Condo Q&A: What are rules for closed meetings? (1/9/2017)
Is it OK to videotape or livestream board meetings? And do I have any recourse if the previous owner gave me governing documents without some important updates?

Want to avoid legal hassles? Top lessons from 2016 (1/6/2017)
Real estate Q&A: A homeowner is upset. He wants to sue – but does he have a case? A lawyer who answers weekly real estate questions offers some general legal advice.

Can HOA use credit scores to weed out buyers? (1/4/2017)
Real estate Q&A: A home seller discovered that his homeowners’ association won’t OK any buyer with a credit score lower than 750. Is that legal?

NAR, score win against patent troll (12/7/2016)
A company claimed it owns the software that displays listings on a map, but a judge disagreed, safeguarding Realtors from similar lawsuits pending an appeal.

What’s the definition of residential purposes? (11/21/2016)
If a condo association has a clause in its bylaws that says all units shall be used for residential purposes, does renting out a unit qualify?

Supreme Court will consider property rights case (11/8/2016)
If homeowners own two adjacent lots with a home on only one, do they always have a right to sell the empty lot? The court will consider “parcel as a whole” rules.

Can the condo board change common areas? (9/26/2016)
Legal Q&A: Is it lawful to amend bylaws by a majority vote to allow the board to approve material alterations to common areas that cost $10,000 or less?

Patent troll to stop seeking fees from RE Industry (9/19/2016)
In what NAR calls a major victory, Data Distribution Technologies – a so-called patent troll – agreed not to sue or threaten to sue Realtors, brokerages or MLSs.

City’s mistake costly for homeowner (9/8/2016)
Real estate Q&A: An owner pulled the right permits and got city approval to convert a garage years ago, but code enforcement now says it was illegal and must go.

Real estate Q&A: Condos can opt out of costly fire sprinklers (7/29/2016)
Real estate Q&A: State law requires condo associations to retrofit buildings with fire sprinklers, but they can opt out with a majority vote of the membership.

Legal decision: Only Realtors® can be called Realtors (7/26/2016)
A trademarked name such as “Realtor” can lose legal protection if a plaintiff successfully argues that it’s now a generic name – but that didn’t happen in a recent case as NAR successfully defended its trademarked name.

A residential contract rider changing (11/22/2011)
Comprehensive Rider C (Seller Financing) to the Residential Contract For Sale and Purchase changes slightly on Nov. 29.

Florida Realtors adds or updates forms (3/16/2011)
Four are new; three are updated; one is DBPR, and all are now available through Form Simplicity and other vendors.