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I am the owner of a small art studio with classes, ages 4

Hello. I am the owner of a small art studio with classes for kids, ages 4 and up, and have been leasing the studio for nearly 7 years, with no problems until January of this year. That is when my landlord leased the adjoining storefront to an illegal marijuana dispensary. I was surprised he did so, as zoning laws in my area (Los Angeles County) have included a complete ban on marijuana dispensaries since 2010.In California, current law specifies that dispensaries cannot be within 600 ft of a school. (LA County considers my art studio, for zoning purposes a "vocational school".Since the dispensary opened next door, I have seen a significant drop in the number of my clients, as parents are not happy bringing their children to art classes so close to marijuana. Other issues such as the presence of armed "security guards" clearly armed, but in plainclothes, employed by the dispensary to patrol the parking lot we share have frightened and alarmed parents of my students.I have requested that my landlord allow me to terminate my lease before it expires in March 2017 so that I may be free to look for a more suitable location for my business.He has said that he would consider allowing me to sublease the premises, but I am not sure that helps. A sublease would still leave me ultimately responsible for rent, should the subtenant fail to pay, right?How can I get the landlord to just let me out of the lease? Do I have to threaten him with a lawsuit? My lease specifies that I have to comply with all local ordinances and I can't conduct any unlicensed or unlawful business...does that imply that he can;t rent to someone like the dispensary that is unlicensed? Has he violated the terms of the lease? Thank you

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From Atlantic City, NJ 6/24/2016: Noon I am contesting a

Hello from Atlantic City, NJ 6/24/2016: NoonI am contesting a property now( with in 200 feet) zoned (since 1988) single family block 249, lot 8. The new owner (2/22/16) applied for a "certificate of non-conformity", " continue to use as a duplex". The house was built in 1920, first zoning was 1929. The property then had a kitchen and toilet in the basement (listed on the property record card). In 1988 this property was rezoned (R2) single family. The owner at that time did not defend it as a duplex, used it as a single family. Hurricane Sandy (10/22/2012) hit and property was abandoned, sold at sheriff sale. first purchased by a realtor then by present owner.Question 1: What kind of defense can we mount?What is length of time for an abandoned home to lose its grandfather clause in AC NJ (according to AC zoning board)?

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Dwayne B.

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I have a property that is on a dirt road and the town had

I have a property that is on a dirt road and the town had plowed away my tracking pad. I have asked them to replace it and their response was when they got around to it. It has been over 2 months and nothing has changed. The dirt and grim is ruining my paver driveway and filling my garage with dirt and mud. Is there any thing I can do?Dave Olender

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I'm wanting to set up a modular office trailer

I'm wanting to set up a modular office trailer on my property located at ********** 63125,is there any statutes or codes that would get me in any legal problems?

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Can our neighbor open a gun range on agricultural property

Can our neighbor open a gun range on agricultural property in a residential neighborhood in Jackson Michigan?

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Good Morning! So, who would be the correct authorities to

Good Morning! So, who would be the correct authorities to file anonymous complaint to? Police? Mayor? Can you tell me how I go about filing such complaint? I appreciate your help!! Thank You!!

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My wife was representing herself pro se in a suit regarding

My wife was representing herself pro se in a suit regarding a zoning law we were supposedly violating on property we own in a nearby town. The property is in my wifes name, so she was the sole defendant, but the alleged violation was regarding my business.When my wife and the town were entering a settlement agreement, we hired a local attorney (my cousin, whom I trusted) to assist with the settlement. The resulting agreement is really bad for me, and I am disappointed in my cousin for advising agreement to it.That is the background in a nutshell. Here is my real question: My wife and the opposing attorney (the one representing the town) began having an affair. This began before we hired my cousin to represent me. This affair has almost ruined my life. I have been unable to work, sleep or eat from being so upset. I am in love with my wife despite what she has done. My kids are having psychological issues resulting from this. My marriage is on the brink of divorce.Many people tell me that I should absolutely sue the Town, the Attorney's law firm, and the attorney for money damages. Some people think I have a slam-dunk case, and others arent so sure. what is your opinion?My goal, I am embarrassed to say, is really vengeance, and the prospect of winning money from these whealthy entities. Money would be a big help because we have a disabled child who is very expensive to take care of. Money won't make my life completely better, but it would sure help.Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you.

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If a neihboring business owner and I share the same parking

If a neihboring business owner and I share the same parking lot, and he operates a used car lot that resembles more of a junk yard, would i have a valid case in seeking a court ordered fence be erected by said neighbor due to the detrimental effect of nuisance vehicles near by my business?

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We live on a private lane zoned as such with 4 other houses

We live on a private lane zoned as such with 4 other houses on the lane. Responsibility is to each homeowner to provide clear right-of-way via the lane to get to our homes. Neighbor has stopped snowplowing her entire property and only did what she 'uses'; leaving us stranded due to 18 inches of snow on the lane on her property that is on the private lane we share. She is angry because we won't chip in and only take care of our property (we bought a snowblower instead of paying high plowing fees), but legally that is all we are responsible for. She got vindictive and didn't plow her property all the way. I am disabled and my husband can't get to work. What is our recourse? We PAID for someone to come and plow this small section, but can we recoup the cost from our neighbor?

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