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Articles relating to "Legal":

Credit scores aren’t the be-all, end-all (8/26/2016)
Real estate Q&A: When a first-mortgage holder foreclosed, an owner’s “discharged” second mortgage was still on her credit report years later. What can she do?

What does a condo’s ‘nuisance’ provision mean? (8/23/2016)
Legal Q&A: What does it take to turn a nuisance provision in condo docs into a “violation”? Is it a catch-all phrase that boards can use as they wish? And does my condo have to install a fire sprinkler system?

Do you really want to take your HOA to court? (8/19/2016)
Real estate Q&A: A homeowners association failed to fix an irrigation problem, and a condo owner’s water bill went up. Can she do anything about it?

Neighbor fence dispute hinges on the permit (8/11/2016)
Legal Q&A: A new fence is four inches over a property line. The fence’s owner, informed of the problem, has not yet moved it. What are the options?

Does garage belong to condo owner or association? (8/4/2016)
Real estate Q&A: A condo with a garage per the original deed somehow lost the garage part when sold through foreclosure – so who actually owns the garage now?

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.

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?

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.