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When may Realtors see a buyer’s Closing Disclosure? (7/25/2017)
The CFPB recently loosened rules, and agents now have easier access to the closing disclosure providing certain private information is removed. However now, as before, the lenders decide how to handle it.

Legal Q&A: When are secret ballots allowed? (7/24/2017)
Also: The HOA owns the irrigation system under our driveway but we own the pavers. If the HOA’s system caused our driveway to sink, who has to fix it?

Real estate Q&A: I can’t cut down my own tree? (7/20/2017)
A homeowner was preparing to cut down a backyard tree that drops leaves in his pool until a neighbor said he needed a permit to do so. Can that be right?

Condo Q&A: Estoppel fees and commercial leases (7/17/2017)
Can you summarize the new estoppel fee requirements? And our association has some commercial tenants with no written leases. Is this legal?

Citrus owners’ settlement money on hold (7/14/2017)
Fla. owes money to owners after the state cut down citrus trees, but Gov. Scott vetoed the funds and the Fla. Supreme Court ruled that he has the right to do so.

CFPB stops companies from using arbitration clauses (7/11/2017)
Many financial products like credit cards and bank accounts have arbitration clauses that minimize risk for lenders by making it harder for consumers to sue.

Legal Q&A: What appliances stay and which ones go? (7/7/2017)
A buyer discovered that the fridge, stove, washer, dryer and dishwasher were gone, even though they were in place when the home was on the market. Now what?

Real estate Q&A: Who pays for a new fence? (6/29/2017)
A homeowner didn’t want a fence but a neighbor added one anyway, and, over the years, the owner repainted his side several times. Must he help pay for repairs?

Fed court upholds photo copyright charge against Zillow (6/26/2017)
Using photos that you found on the Internet? Don’t. A second court upheld a copyright charge last week against Zillow, though it lowered damages to $4M.

Homeowners want Gov.’s citrus money veto overturned (6/21/2017)
Fla. high court asked to rule if Scott’s veto is constitutional, which cut $37.4M for Broward, Lee County residents’ losses due to citrus-canker disease eradication.

Condo associations: Who is liable for bad decisions? (6/8/2017)
Legal Q&A: Renovations are costing more than what the condo board said –shouldn’t board members pay the difference? Why are owners on the hook?

FREC swaps its two-day meeting agenda (6/2/2017)
The Florida Real Estate Commission continues to meet on the third Tuesday and Wednesday each month, but each day’s agenda switches starting now. Going forward, FREC will mainly focus on new licensure applicants on Tuesdays. On Wednesdays, FREC

Antitrust issues can affect business decisions and free speech (5/25/2017)
Two brokers causally discuss how they pay their agents over lunch? Competing businesses decide they should boycott a service provider because they don’t like a new policy? Both could be antitrust violations.

What legal action can be taken when HOA officers violate rules? (5/8/2017)
An owner in an HOA community contends its board members and manager are violating rules and failing to enforce them, hurting his quality of life. What can he do?

City can’t make exception for open house signs (4/5/2017)
According to the Supreme Court, cities can’t create sign rules based on content, so any ban on temporary junk signs must also include “Open House” signs.

Scam alert: Fake Realtor board targets Fla. members (3/6/2017)
The “Florida Board of Realtors” does not exist, but Florida Realtors members have received a “Final Notice” bill from them, saying their licenses are in jeopardy.

Are condo associations required to record meetings? (2/27/2017)
Legal Q&A: If a condo association wants radically different pool furniture, should membership get a vote? In a condo board election, should ballots be secret?

Landlord sues Airbnb in spat over subletting (2/22/2017)
If a lease doesn’t allow tenants to rent out their unit, can Airbnb legally advertise them if a tenant chooses to do so anyway? A large apartment owner says no.

U.S. Consumer watchdog gets a reprieve (2/17/2017)
An Oct. court order restricting the CFPB, which oversees lending and RESPA, has been postponed and could conceivably be cancelled after a federal appeals court agreed to reconsider a previous ruling that found CFPB’s operational structure unconst

Court rules against Zillow for photo copyright use (2/13/2017)
A jury ruled that Zillow Group must pay $8.24M for using copyrighted photos past the date specified in the contract. NAR says the issue could also impact Realtors.

Court trial: Photos, copyrights and contracts (2/8/2017)
Brokers who pay for copyrighted photos should read contract terms, says NAR, because a court will soon determine Zillow’s legal-use rights after a listing expires.

If condos ban smoking, does it include marijuana? (2/6/2017)
Legal Q&A: A condo board bans smoking on its lanai, but do fair housing laws come into play if a resident is prescribed medical marijuana?

Company shuts down 100-plus trademark infringers (1/31/2017)
If you’re not HomeVestors, don’t “buy ugly houses,” says the company that owns the trademark. In 2016, HomeVestors says it filed 24 lawsuits, eradicated 117 trademark infringement ads and removed 283 online social media posts or ads.

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.