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I contracted in 2015 with a contractor to build a guesthouse

Hi. I contracted in 2015 with a contractor to build a guesthouse and gave him a deposit of $13000. He never started any work due to some HOA restrictions and his own delays. We revised the plan (but not the contract) to do some different interior work and I asked for a new estimate with a return of my deposit. He said he would do a new estimate but did not return the deposit. It took him until about 1 month ago to give me a new estimate and I said I no longer wanted him to do the job. He is now saying he did worj in speaking to the HOA 9he did not- I am the HOA secretary) and in giving me time with plans etc (he did not- I paid an architect for all plans that were done). I told him I am adding the cost I paid for the plans plus the year and a half interest of the money he has held on to. Am I on firm legal ground with that demand?JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state the association is in?Customer: ArizonaJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: I believe the original contract was filed in August 0f 2015.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: I think that's it.

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I havve a home in los angeles built in 1929 that I have

I havve a home in los angeles built in 1929 that I have owned since 1978. I have rented it out the last 7 years and to make a long complicated story short the tenant was evicted. She ended up reporting me to building and safety since there was a detached downstairs 1 bedroom with a small kitchen with stove which I ended up taking out since it was illegal but the code violation says that there is no certificate of occupancy on the extension that the original owner built. There is a aPPLICATION TO EXTENT AND GET A PERMIT With a drawing and at the bottom of that is a permit number. It ends up that if I want to get a c of o and call this a gust unit it means the distance from end of building to fence needs to be 15 ft I only have 11 ft So they want me to either demolish the whole area that is not under the house or cut the wall back 4 ft and do special windows etc. It will cost $20,000 not including architect. I purchased it this way and it should be grandfathered in and in those days they probably did not have a c of o or the application to build is the permit since at the bottom it has a permit no. and singed by dept of building and safety.I am being taken advantage of by contractors and architects for a pitiful 4 ft and not bothering anyone. i rent out the whole building not the downstairs alone it is r1 zoning. Not sure of my rights.JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: CaliforniaJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: yes I received a violation from the code enforcement people down in los angeles building and safetyJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: How can you fight this as a citizen wh purchased and has owned this property for over 35 years and should be grandfathered in

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I have a question regarding tenant law in NYC, New York City

Hi, I have a question regarding tenant law in NYCJA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?Customer: New York City in BrooklynJA: Has any paperwork been filed?Customer: NoJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: How much does this session cost?JA: I'm not sure of the exact price, but there's only a $5 deposit. The rest of the price information will be on the page I send you to.Customer: OKJA: Got it. Would you like to talk to the Real Estate Lawyer within minutes for $45 or stick with $36 and get an answer in an hour or two? The entire amount is fully refundable if you aren't satisfied.Customer: ...

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I am the project manager for a construction company. We

I am the project manager for a construction company. We recently built a school in Utah and the siding subcontractor did not pay his supplier. Unfortunately we have a joint check agreement with the supplier but we failed to write a joint check. The supplier is threatening to lien the property and come after us for remuneration. Can they do this?

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My husband bought a piece of property in Hawaii before we

Hello...my husband bought a piece of property in Hawaii before we were married and paid off. We want to move forward with building a home but the land title only has his name. Can we secure lending with both our names without my name on the land title or do we need to add my name to it before?JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: Sure HawaiiJA: Has any paperwork been filed?Customer: Nothing yet...we have an architect that has plans in both of our names but our home planning rep says it can only include my husbands name...trying to figure out how to proceedJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No I think that's it

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Dear Barrister~ I currently live in Brooklyn NY. I am

Dear Barrister~I currently live in Brooklyn NY. I am lisenced by the State of NY as a Massage Therapist, LMT. I am seeking advice on the legal ability to practice my craft in a residence. I am interested in purchasing a Brooklyn property that has a 2-story brick building, an original "carriage house" built in 1899, about 900 sq ft. As far as I know I am allowed to set up a business practice in a residence that is owned by me. I am interested in creating a Healing Arts business with a Yoga Therapist-colleague. In addition, we would like to use the 1st floor- downstairs room for intimate small group function by us or renters for related HealingArts-bodywork, educational workshops, yoga, meditation, Art, study group, etc.There is no Certificate of Occupancy currently; we would need to acquire one.The C of O, just says pre-exissting residence. An older woman (70s?) lives there, her grandfather built the carriage house, its always been in the family.After a necessary rennovation, can we file "residential" C of O?~ can I conduct this business legally? Do I need any other special variance? Because the building is so tiny and old, tho it is perfect for our use, it is not possible to make wheelchair accessable, nor do we need it to be for our use. We could not file as "business" b/c of this fact. We would not be able to pass inspections for that 'use'. But since our fields are not legally "medical", it is my hope that we should not need that. Thank you for your assistance.warm regard,Susie

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With an easement for a sewer line that says the two parties

With an easement for a sewer line that says the two parties are responsible for the sewer for use in common then that means until they are joined they not in "use in common> I think that is my understanding.JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: WAJA: Has any paperwork been filed?Customer: there is a 1929 easement doc that states the parties share responsibility for the sewer line "use in common'.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: my neighbor had t dig up and replace their sewer line and had ot do a lot of digging on our property to where the two ines join. Their architect told them we are %50 responibiltiy even though their line doe snot connect to pours whrer they dod the work.

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I live in NYC and just sold my house about 4 weeks ago.

i live in NYC and just sold my house about 4 weeks ago. today the new owners told me that they had con Edison inspect the furnace and they found out that gas pipes were leaking, in addition, the furnace, the water heater, and the washing machine and dryer were not registered with the city and did not have permits. they told me they could sue me you if i didnt help them with the bills. they said they need an architect, and file for permits and change the pipes...etc..ALTHOUGH I WAS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR INSTALLING THE FURNACE OR THE WASHING MACHINE OR THE WATER HEATER. The previous owners before me installed them. but because i never had any problems, i did not know whether they they had proper permits.do the new owners have a case against me?

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Just need some advice here. My boyfriend and I put down a

Hi there, just need some advice here. My boyfriend and I put down a $19,000 earnest deposit on a condo just a month ago that is still in the process of being built (won't be finished until end of 2017). We only signed the contract a month ago and unfortunately we've decided not to go through with purchasing the unit for personal/financial reasons. I talked to the sales rep (who is relaying messages between the seller/architect) and in the contract we signed, it stays that all the earnest deposit will be kept as liquidated damages if we decide not to move forward. They're refusing to give any of our deposit back (including $2,500 that was used for a countertop upgrade, and I am almost sure they haven't ordered materials yet since they're still only finishing up the structure of the building right now). Just trying to find some way around this as the loss of $19,000 is devastating and I'm not sure how to fight back with the seller on this.

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