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If you buy a property at a county tax sale, can the original

If you buy a property at a county tax sale, can the original owner who has the right of redemption sign a quit claim deed over to a third party and that third party sell the property and then pay you - as the tax sale buyer - from the proceeds of that sale before the redemption period expires, and is it legal to do a real estate closing with the third party buyer (bypassing the original owner with the right of redemption) at the closing? I am the tax sale buyer and have been told that a third party had the owner sign a quit claim deed on a promise of helping her improve her credit score ( no money to her and they have sold the property, had a closing without me, and sent me a check without the original owner ever redeeming it from me.) Is this legal?JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: Georgia, RomeJA: Has any paperwork been filed?Customer: The closing took place on the 29th, while I was out of state, and I was express mailed a personal check from the buyer for the amount of money I paid plus 30% mandated fee. I doubt any paper work has been filed at the court house yet, because at this point I have not yet signed the quit claim deed they are insisting I sign. I have refused to sign anything at this point, and the attorney's office has sent me an email stating that if I do not sign the email I could be in legal trouble. This doesn't sound right to me. I thought only the original owner had the right of redemption and to pay me before she could do anything with the property.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No, thanks.

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I recently purchased a home in cedar bluff va, everything

I recently purchased a home in cedar bluff va, everything seemed okay the sell went through and I'm now occupieing the home.. I keep finding major things wrong the biggest is the floor is rotted under one of the showers and leaking water, the seller more than likely knew about the things I've found and I am a young first time home buyer and know I have gotten the shaft.. I talked to an old va home inspector who's says I can still make him fix the problems or take back the home I was wondering if there was any truth to this and if so what should be my first step

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My overflow valve in my bathtub leaks through the ceiling of

My overflow valve in my bathtub leaks through the ceiling of the basement below. My landlord had a plumber come over and the plumber stated that this was "normal" for such valves. The landlord now says any damage that arises from leaks from the overflow valve are my wife's and my responsibility. Is it true that a overflow valve leak is normal and complies with plumbing code? Thank you!

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This is a question of interpretation of Building

This is a question of interpretation of Building codes/regulations/laws.Certain Building code/regulations and/or State laws contain the following language (or word to the same effect) as to the entities impacted:the rules will affect: "the ... alteration, modification, repair and demolition of private or public buildings".Question:What exactly do the words alteration, modification, repair mean, in this context?Problem:1. Repair is defined as: the action of fixing or mending something.2. Modify definition: to change somewhat the form or qualities of; alter partially; amend: to modify3. Alter definition: to make different in some particular, as size, style, course, or the like; modify.There is no building in the world, except for a slum, that is not being repaired, modified or altered in some way, virtually all the time, as a part of standard maintenance.Thus: Fixing a broken pipe would be repairing it; painting a building a different color would be altering and/or "modifying it".Thus the everyday interpretation of these words would include all buildings (except slums) all the time. That cannot be the intent of the language.The concept/rule of law and ordinance may give a clue. That says that if a building or any part thereof has suffered damage/loss exceeding a certain percentage of the particular part of its physical structure, then the entire part must be replaced and in accordance with current codes.Thus a roof that is lost to a hurricane at a level of say above 25%, cannot be repaired under its original building code, but must be totally replaced at current code standards.How therefore to interpret reasonably the words in question?

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Florida association law. I live in an HOA. State law seems

Florida association law. I live in an HOA. State law seems to say the board can make contracts and do things with common areas such as improvements without owner approval. Condo law says specifically 718.113 the board must get owner approval for any "alteration" or substantial modification" That about right? So my HOA board can buy things to install as improvements or modifications. Condo boards have to get owner approval? What is a substantial modification?

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I'm so worried about the fact I've withheld my rent for

Hello! I'm so worried about the fact I've withheld my rent for November due to refusal from my landlord to repair Major safety issues and health safety issues.JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?Customer: I live in Cottage grove WIJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: My exterior windows are completely Rotted out of the window frames. I can push them and see outside. It's been an issue for almost 3 yrs that he's said he's Getting different quotes to replace all windows on the west side of the 4 plex. My boyfriend lived upstairs over 2 yrs and then the windows were an issue but never taken care of. There's also NO exhaust system in the entire building. This is casing moisture and mold. My washer reads of mold. I believe in lack of exhaust system working that the stainless steel tub has mold growing underneath it as all you smells mold. If you shower, you must have a floor fan in the hall blowing in the bathroom at all times. Year round. I can't even get ready before towels are smelling of mold. Kitchen has no exhaust either. My landlord told me he'd have the rotted Windows repaired for me and exhaust working in the entire building. He stated its VERY COSTLY REPAIRS TO DO.....not my fault he let it go over 5 + yrs. My neighbors have active mold growing from the patio door flashing above them not in proper condition that the waters in the ceiling breaking the tJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Drywall tape bubbled with water and it's broke through the ceiling several WEEKS AGO. He showed up with a larger bucket, not a carpenter who could fix it even temporarily to stop the water. The ceiling breaking down in the dining room water all over AND MOLD IN EXCESSIVE NOW. I'm disabled. I Can't have Windows rotted from not maintained properly with rotting mold on the inside of my home that he's never attempted to replace.

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I am renting to own a home, we have a contract that the

Hello, I am renting to own a home, we have a contract that the owner drew up herself. The home in under the owners name, we give her a monthly payment and in that payment includes the taxes, home insurance (which is under their name, as well as the taxes) and interest. In the "contract" it states we are responsible for the maintenance and repairs of the home, which we understand. There is wall in front of our home that is in bad condition and needs to either be torn down or repaired. We decided we would tear it down and put another one up later. We informed the owner what we planned of doing, now they are requiring for us to do it within 30 days and we need to have a licensed contractor (which we cant afford). Since, the time frame and having a licensed contractor is not in the contract, do we have to oblige by what the are requesting. Also, since we pay interest on the home, could we claim that in our taxes?

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Is there a Clackamas County Oregon law. regulating water

Is there a Clackamas County Oregon law. regulating water (gutter) runoff from a neighbors house. This has been ongoing for more than 2 years. I showed them the problem and have had no response.It is documented through our local sanitary service as well.Thank you.Ron Clemens

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Are their rights of surrounding land owners when a property

Are their rights of surrounding land owners when a property has been bought for Section 8 housing? We live in a neighborhood where some various sized homes are being bought for "retirement homes". However, if this is not successful they intend to turn it into Section 8 housing. We do not want this in our neighborhood. Do we have rights as citizens of our town to protest this housing change issue?JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: TexasJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: Nothing other than the real estate agent telling us the property has sold and this is the intention of the buyers.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Just want to find out if we have a recourse action against this happening in our neighborhood.

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