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We reported a County Code Violation about our new neighbors

Hi, We reported a County Code Violation about our new neighbors for operating a Commercial construction business, parking & storing construction equipment and vehicles on Residential their property.(Property Use: 0100 Single Family R)My wife took many pictures and videos of vehicles and noise to share with county inspector since the construction vehicles would be gone early in the morning prior to county inspection later in the day.Eventually neighbors were found to be in violation of IMPROPER USE OF ZONE/SITE PLAN-using property for commercial use and the case was in Adjudication which I believe is a court hearing.Received a letter from neighbor's attorney suggesting we could be sued for harassment if we don't cease taking pictures or videos of their property.To paraphrase the last part of the attorney's letter:Our surveillance activities are unreasonable and not undertaken for any legitimate purpose. As such, the surveillance constitutes harassment and invasion of privacy and likely resulted in the unlawful intercept of my client's private conversations.Attorney stated if we don't' cease and desist his clients will file for injunction in Circuit Court and to institute a lawsuit seeking damages, attorney's fees and court costs for invasion of privacy and (potentially) wrongful intercept of oral communications.The question is do we have any exposure to the charges above for reporting a violation of the Zoning law?Do we have any exposure to the charges above for the manner in which we reported violation of the Zoning law.JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: Sorry, Florida, Hillsborough CountyJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: Yes, the zoning case has already been to court and they were found guilty of violating the county zoning.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Not that i can think of.

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Who is the legal authority for city zoning on business? Who

Who is the legal authority for city zoning on business?Who can tell them or ask them to change or check for zoning mistakes in California, Orange County, because the city of Aliso Viejo California asked me to re consider move my. Idóneas and my neighbors. Idóneas to other shooing center because zoning will change because of the years of the plaza and some of us will have to move according to up- legal zoning laws?

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Many statutes do not give clear interpretation of some it's

Many statutes do not give clear interpretation of some it's phrases and what they mean. For example, the fence cannot be "in near proximity thereto" the house. What is the legal interpretation of "in near proximity thereto?" Is it measured by feet/inches or does it mean it has to be adjoining/connected? This phrase is used in zoning laws, labor laws and etc.

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I would like to know if it is legal for a municipal level

I would like to know if it is legal for a municipal level planning/zoning board to just ignore a written request for an appeal on a decision they made and also the goverment (city council) ignored the same written request. It was a land use action.Helen Giercyk

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Do I need a permit to own a serval in Tennessee.? Nashville

Do I need a permit to own a serval in Tennessee. ? Nashville Davidson county. ?I know they are legal but I am being told I need a permit. This is a class 3 animal. It is an exotic cat but what read is no permit but the seller wants me to make sure. It's just a pet- no breeding.

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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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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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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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