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The condo building I live in has two units renovated without

For Massachusetts lawyers only:<br /><br />The condo building I live in has two units renovated without any permits. They were amateur, do-it-yourself make-overs without any condo association supervison or oversight. i don't know what was done in the units. These two units have since been "sold" into trusts.<br /><br /> As an owner in the building:<br /> -what risks do I have?<br /> -what can I do to protect myself?<br /><br /> If I were a condo trustee: <br />-what risks do I have? <br />-what should I do to protect the condo association?

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I had a pending sale on my home. The buyers agent only

I had a pending sale on my home. The buyers agent only reported there was a contingency ready to close in 3 weeks and would pay cash,,She did not disclose there were 2 more homes contingent in order for my buyer to purchase my home!The last contingent (3) backed out and affected all sales!, Should I had known all the contingencies I would never accepted the buyer,, Help what can I do

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My question is I sold a house that was left to me by my

My question is I sold a house that was left to me by my mother who passed away about ayear ago. The house went threw probate. There was no money in the estate just the house.During the inspection of the roof there was damage found and the insurance company paid to have the roof replaced. The problem is the insurance company wrote the check to the estate of my mother in her name and I can't deposit or cash check because I don't havea estate checking account. I am told by the bank I need a estate account and number tobe able to deposit check into. How do I go about getting a estate number for this and what is the cost.

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I live in a 0 lot line residential area with HOA board. The

I live in a 0 lot line residential area with HOA board. The board approved me putting up a fence as did the previous owner of house next door. Property was sold and new owner demanded my fence had to be removed as was on 4 feet at back of his house. Do I have to remove it or is it grandfathered in.

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Our HOA installed video camera, using money from our reserve

Our HOA installed video camera, using money from our reserve account. They brought in a FORMER board member to break a tie to get the camera. I told them the camera do not/did not fall under maintenance, repair or emergency and even if used like that must be paid back in one year. The HOA immediately voted for a special assessment to pay back the money for the video camera and a special assessment to pay for monthly monitoring of those camera. Can they legally do that?

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On Sept, 23, 2015 I had to defend Officer Samples' two

On Sept, 23, 2015 I had to defend Officer Samples' two alleged fence violations: 1) UDO-230-80-1 "FENCE WHICH EXTENDS INTO THE FRONT YARD SETBACK IS OVER THE ALLOWED 4 FT IN HEIGHT." and 2) UDO-230--80-5 PLASTIC MATERIAL BEING USED AS A FENCE LOCATED IN THE FRONT YARDThe 6 FT fence was cut to 4 FT and a lattice in plastic of 2 FT was hanged over it for privacy because the neighbor's drive way was higher than 4 FT and I could see her door and the vehicles wheels..The Judge dismissed both violations accepting that the plastic lattice was not a part of the fence.One year after, on Sept, 2016, Officer R. White wrote another Citation in VIOLATION OF UDO-230-80-1 "6FT FENCE IN FRONT YARD WITH LATTICE ATTACHED FROM 4 FT UP TO 6 FT."I reminded him that the Judge already dismissed a previous violation of UDO-230-80-1 but he said that someone told him that the Judge made a mistake. When I asked him to identify who told him that. He said it was Mrs Samples the Officer who was in the Court Room. Mrs Samples is also the Officer who served me the same Citation which was dismissed one year ago.It is clear that the Police Dept. did not like the Judge's order and sent Officer White to write another Citation over the one which was dismissed.What should I do?1- Send a certified letter to the Officer who served the same Citation knowing that it was dismissed but insisted that the Judge made a mistake requesting to cancel the Citation?or2- Motion the Judge for punitive damages for contempting her order?

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The estate of my father is considering a short sale where

The estate of my father is considering a short sale where the bank is going to pay for an appraisal, attorney, title search and title insurance and real estate broker fees. The problem is I don't know what I am selling because of a zoning controversy with the town. The town is trying to rescind a sixty year old subdivision. It was voted on and approved by the commission sixty years ago that there was one lot and 2 parts as per the approved map. The lot is in a one acre residential zone. The lot met the regulations then as far as the width and area goes sixty years ago. Today, the lot might not be acceptable for one reason or another but there is a vested right- meaning they can't impose today's regulations on it because it is grandfathered. The lot has land in an adjoining municipality which the town won't recognize as part of the lot in making up the area requirement. The Town is wrong and Estate is right. It can happen. Right? My question is: Can attorney, Title insurance or title search help estate out if the zoning controversy is not settled by court? I mean: Can the deed description and map prepared show the 1956 lot?

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I am a license real estate agent in California, and I have a

I am a license real estate agent in California, and I have a client who owns a property in Texas. They asked for my help with the sale paperwork. I will not be charging a commission. Is it OK to use a California Association of Realtors transaction form for a transaction taking place in Texas (or any state other than California for that matter).

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My question is about real estate law in Connecticut. I

My question is about real estate law in Connecticut. I recently (September 2016) purchased a two family home as an investment. After the closing, I learned that one of the tenants has no heat in the upstairs bedrooms. There are no baseboard heaters on that floor at all except for the bathroom. This is a costly repair.This tenant rented the apartment in February from the previous owner but lived with the heat problem for the winter because they needed a place to live. The inspector I hired didn't catch the problem with the heat. The realtor who represented the seller was also the person who rented the apartment to the tenant back in February, so he clearly knew about the problem. I realize I can sue the inspector for this, but what about the seller's realtor? I think it was fraudulent for him to not mention this, especially knowing my intent was to rent the apartment. Clearly this has a huge negative effect on my ability to rent this apartment to a tenant.I appreciate your help.

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