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Landlord may be liable for damage but not hotel (5/26/2016)
Real estate Q&A: A water heater broke once and a technician says it needs replaced, but the landlord won’t do it. Does the renter have any protection?

Tenant shocked that landlord wants to sell (5/19/2016)
Real estate Q&A: A renter found out a few months before lease renewal that the owner wanted to sell, even though they verbally confirmed a new lease. What now?

Supreme Court focuses on incorrect online data (5/17/2016)
The U.S.’s top court ruled that consumers may challenge incorrect data provided by websites in court – but they must prove actual harm to succeed.

Agents, investors making unsolicited offers (5/12/2016)
Real estate Q&A: A couple occasionally gets handwritten notes from strangers asking if they’d like to sell their house. Are these offers serious?

Does condo owner need approval to rent one room? (5/6/2016)
Real estate Q&A: A financially challenged condo owner was told to move if she couldn’t afford to live there. She wants to rent out a room to make money, but the board is considering a rule change to ban the practice.

Yes, your HOA can tell you how to park (4/29/2016)
Real estate Q&A: Condo owners who can’t back into his spot or park a second car in the guest parking area wants to know if HOAs actually have that much power.

Tampa family’s home sold without their knowledge (2/19/2016)
The couple put $80,000 down on a home in 2013 and kept up with mortgage payments, but one day a foreclosure notice was taped to their front door.

DFS clarifies title insurance ruling (2/11/2016)
Florida Realtors received an update on a ruling this week regarding payment of estoppel certificate fees.

FORM UPDATE: Feb. 15 release date for FIRPTA changes (2/4/2016)
Forms will reflect recent FIRPTA changes on Feb. 15 IRS withholding rules under the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act have changed, including a higher 15% for some properties. Click below to preview the forms (changes are in red): • Florida

Seattle court unseals evidence in Move v. Zillow (1/26/2016)
NAR: The oversight company says departing execs stole confidential info. Zillow denies it. Just-released docs, including texts, depositions and to-do lists, shed some light on the proceedings.

Fla.’s RE referral rules official: Effective Feb. 9 (1/22/2016)
What type of title company referral isn’t allowed? Fla. attempts to answer that question with a set of guidelines that officials approved this week.

Foreign sellers? FIRPTA withholding increases to 15% (1/19/2016)
On Feb. 17, taxes paid by foreign sellers of U.S. property will increase from 10% to 15% in some transactions.

Drone suit considers issues of trespassing, privacy (1/19/2016)
In Kentucky, a homeowner shot down a drone and the drone owner sued. Courts must now consider drone use rights and responsibilities for the first time.

Real estate Q&A: When the home doesn’t appraise (1/14/2016)
A buyer with a signed contract found out that his bank won’t loan the full amount needed after an appraisal comes in short. What are his options?

What is a title company referral? Fla. creates rules (1/14/2016)
The Dept. of Financial Services created a roster of banned activities it considers a title company referral, such as listing ads or sponsoring an open house.

Fla. man faces up to 5 years for HUD mortgage fraud (1/13/2016)
U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III said that Jason Pond of Spring Hill pleaded guilty to making false statements in a HUD loan application he submitted.

‘Life estate’ sale allows ex-owner to remain in home (1/13/2016)
The Playboy Mansion is for sale but with a “life estate” that allows Huge Hefner to live there until death – a legal move that impacts a home’s selling value.

Luxury buyers will lose their anonymity (1/13/2016)
The U.S. will soon demand the names of luxury cash buyers starting in Miami and New York City. Shell companies must specify ownership and “nominees” don’t count.

Realtor association arbitration award affirmed (1/12/2016)
NAR’s arbitration process is legally sound, according to Maine’s superior court – and it’s not easy to change an arbitration decision after the fact.

Sending safety alerts? There’s a legal risk (1/11/2016)
NAR says some associations and brokers that issued alerts were later sued for defamation of character, interference with a sale or violating the Fair Housing Act.

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.