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The condo CC&R's provides:" The association

The condo CC&R's provides:" The association shall provide exterior maintenance of each containing units only as follows: paint, maintain, repair and replace(if because of normal wear, tear or deterioration...) roofs, gutters, downspouts and exterior building surfaces, patios, railings and fences......"The units typically have doors leading from the living rooms to elevated outside patios having wood decks, railings and stairs enabling passage to the lower gardens. Such decks,railings, and stairs typically have rot which have been repaired by the HOA for the past 30years. The HOA proposes to delete the provision relating to " patios, railings and fences "The HOA now has several requests for repairs of patios, railings and fences. If CC&R amendment/deletion is adopted does the HOA have any obligation as to pending requests for repairs.

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Does a condominium complex of eight or fewer units require a

Does a condominium complex of eight or fewer units require a reserve study if the owners vote "no" for Redondo Beach, California?

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Homes is building a large inventory home on the lot next to

Perry Homes is building a large inventory home on the lot next to mine. They elevated the lot about one foot higher than mine and the new grade is draining that lot entirely onto mine. There is only 10 feet (5 feet each side of fence) between the two , can I make them change the grade or add drainage on the new property to prevent this?? Katy/Firethorne /gated section

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I have rented my townhouse years , the house foundation

I have rented my townhouse for 7 years , the house foundation dropped, after years of telling them there was a problem,they had it lifted which caused major problems,also advised them worried about mold, which they dismissed, they sent a contractor out yesterday to start minor repairs, showed him the mold, he found in the attic the air conditioner was hooked up right, water has been running into the walls for 6 yrs. He stated he couldn't do the repairs, it was to big for him, left.

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I have 10 of what we consider corporate monthly one bedroom

I have 10 of what we consider corporate monthly one bedroom furnished 700 sq ft apartments with shared lobby, staircase, and elevator, and entrance to a business building with limited parking and business tenants are limited in their lease on daily parking use . We market it as quiet, low profile, secure, upscale, and clean housing with quiet hours beginning early evening. The units have shower with no bathtubs a large open window between bedroom and living room and there are two doors (one from living room and one from bedroom) to juliet balconies with iron railings and no child safety locks. We contract a cleaning and linen service once a week and have weekly maintenance in addition to the unexpected maintenance. The residential floor has key fob or code access to gain entry from exterior of building after hours and code or key fob access at all times in the elevator and at the staircase entry. There is a common exercise room with electronic treadmills, free weights, and weigh machine and a door with a balcony. At the end of one hallway is an unlocked closet for tenant use with a trash chute and shared vacuum for emergency needs where the staircase to the roof is also located. We typically market this to the business traveler and usually only have one occupant stay per unit. We have little extra parking and plan for the residential tenant to need 1 or no parking at all. Lately we have had requests from third party relocate realtors wanting to place two to three per unit, most being adult with child or children. We fortunately have not had the vacancy yet, but could have a vacancy and would like to continue to limit our occupancy to one adult per apartment or two adults...not concerned with what sex of either adult. We primarily want it quiet and to remain business tenant and not have the liability of children left unattended or noise in a business building where we have no entrance dedicated to residential use. In discussing the tenant need with the third party realtor, we mentioned we typically have single occupants and they said we could not limit them or deny children. I said I look into it and be able to address that if they called with similar needs again. I want to learn my rights before they call us again as for now, we still have no vacancy. We have a simple monthly lease that can be extended unless we have prior reservation where we can not extend at which time, we give 30 days notice or they know the length of term at beginning. We have reservation form and accept credit card. I would like to know if I can limit to two adults and what is an adult? Is it 21? Are there things we can require like having both occupants responsible for payment and both sign the lease if we are required to allow two tenants. Our business model is designed for the adult business traveler who likes it quiet and needs little parking if any and is quiet. Could we be a boutique hotel? We marketed ourselves that way and charged weekly, but charged sales tax until we learned that if we had tenant sign a lease for 30 days and extend that we did not have to charge tax and tenants like saving money. Anyway, bot***** *****ne, I need answers if it is legal to limit to two adult occupancy based on what I have written.

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We are currently in the process of buying from a builder. We

We are currently in the process of buying from a builder. We have had several delays and closings, but the latest delay is due to finding out from the bank that we are in a flood zone and must now purchase flood insurance. The builder provided a form that stated the property was not in a flood zone, but the bank won't accept it because it is not FEMA certified. Was builder obligated to disclose this flood zone issue to us last March when we first signed papers to build our home?JA: OK. The Real Estate Lawyer will need to help you with this. Have you consulted a lawyer yet?Customer: Sorry I didn't sign my name. I am ReneeJA: Is there anything else important you think the Real Estate Lawyer should know?Customer: When told that we needed flood insurance, we contacted a insurance rep who said they could not even give us a quote until we had an elevation certificate. We hired a surveyor for $700 to provide it. The insurance agent has not completed the quote. In the meantime, we are considering switching to a mortgage broker who has checked and said we are not in a flood zone.JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Real Estate Lawyer about your situation and then connect you two.

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I am currently month to month on my lease (never signed my

i am currently month to month on my lease (never signed my lease renewal) i want to move out at the end of June but the building informed me the service elevator will be out of service till end of summer and i cant move out till then. what are my options. should i have to pay rent for the rest of the summer?

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Can my landowner cost money the normal thing like:

Can my landowner cost money for clean the normal thing like: tear on floor, dirty in the tub, and paint on the cabinet?

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I moved into a condo unit infested with bedbugs. The owners

I moved into a condo unit infested with bedbugs. The owners did comply with treatment through Orkin (contracted to the large building in which this condo resides). Owners have a total of 3 units. I lost about 1.5 months full income due to this problem, as I work with people in their homes and could not risk infesting them. The bed bug problem continues to resurface. I have loads of documentation. I have talked to previous tenant who says she reported the problem to the landlords who directed her to the desk, who gave her their contracted service and told her she had to pay for it. She says she paid for two treatments and then tried to deal with it herself, unsuccessfully. She has no furniture because of this. They were sleeping on the carpets. My bites seem to originate through the carpet. I am moving now, as the bedbugs came back and it appears ongoing treatments will be needed, which kills my income. Landlords are offering me the last month (May) free rent, although I have already sent them a check, and the return of my security deposit on the last day of May, considering I am gone. My savings has been hit hard due to the inability to work. They want to sue me for recoup of treatment expenses and a 2 (out of 5) day motel stay on the grounds they say they believe I brought the bugs in. The past tenant has spoken on the pre-existence of the bugs and reporting them but she is reluctant to sign a notarized letter because her live in boyfriend feels threatened by legal involvement. I want to file small claims for the full amount of the first month's rent payment which was for March and part of February (about an additional $700 more than what they will give me if they return my last rent check) and part of the income loss as well. Please advise me.

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