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Articles relating to "Legal":

All owners will have to pay for HOA’s mistake (7/21/2016)
Real estate Q&A: A homeowners’ association community was fined for hiring unlicensed contractors. Who pays? The board, only impacted owners or everyone?

What can a lender do during foreclosure process? (7/20/2016)
A Wash. court limited lenders’ rights to protect property in foreclosure. It doesn’t impact Fla. but could change lenders’ reactions if homeowners miss a payment.

Real estate Q&A: Condo owner won’t leave for termite tenting (7/15/2016)
Real estate Q&A: The condo owner’s wife is bed-ridden, plus the cost of a hotel stay could be another factor in the refusal. What can the association do?

Real estate Q&A: Vacant board seat could cost owners (7/7/2016)
Not enough owners want to serve on a small condo’s board – too few for a quorum. The board does have one viable option, but they probably won’t like it.

Verbal agreement needs to be sealed in writing (6/30/2016)
Real estate Q&A: My brother and I help pay for our parents’ condo that they’ll leave to us after they die. They say it’s “taken care of,” but should we do more?

Supreme Court to decide whether city of Miami can sue big banks over predatory lending (6/29/2016)
The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear the city’s case in 2017, though it will decide whether the lawsuit can go forward at all, not the actual outcome.

Commercial drone use set to take flight with release of FAA rule (6/22/2016)
Just-released FAA rules create a clearer way for real estate pros to use drones for commercial purposes - “a win for the industry,” says NAR Pres. Tom Salomone.

Unpaid HOA assessment can lead to foreclosure (6/9/2016)
Real estate Q&A: What can happen if several homeowners in an HOA don’t agree with a special assessment and refuse to pay it?

Building laws go into effect July 1 (6/7/2016)
Fla. bills effective July 1 revise some rules in Fla.’s building code, regulate private-residence elevators and authorize officials to create fumigation rules.

Supreme Court sides with owners in wetlands case (6/1/2016)
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tue. that property owners can file a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers if they disagree with its land-use decisions.

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?

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 realtor.com 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.

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.