Real Estate Law Articles
Articles written by lawyers and expert witnesses worldwide
explaining the different aspects of Real Estate.
May 25, 2016 By AP & Generalis
For the past decade cities such as Berlin, Leipzig, Munich and Bremen became and remain the focal point of interest of foreign investors who in the German real estate market are primarily looking for security and stability and secondarily high returns. Purchasing property in Germany though has its own rules which should be taken onto consideration before taking the step.
May 24, 2016 By J Peterman Legal Group, Ltd
In real estate, a contingency is a condition included in a home purchase agreement, that must be completed before a deal can actually be finalized. If either party is unable to meet one, or more, of the contingent conditions, then the deal may be voided altogether. If you are buying a home in Wisconsin, you need to be aware how contingencies can be used to help you complete your purchase.
May 22, 2016 By Jeanne M. Reardon Law Office
If you are unable to attend a real estate closing and sign the necessary documents you can have your attorney prepare a power of attorney for you thereby allowing your agent to act for you at the closing.
May 23, 2016 By Jeanne M. Reardon Law Office
Whether you are buying or selling a home, your team of expert advisers should include a real estate closing attorney. Real estate closings are complicated matters and require a thorough knowledge of the law. With a decision as serious as buying and selling real estate, it is important that you are guided throughout every step of the closing process by an experienced and knowledgeable real estate lawyer.
May 20, 2016 By HG.org
Almost every private housing area as well as public ones prohibits undue, avoidable and excessive noise. For laws and ordinances that stipulate noise levels, law enforcement is allowed to give citations and tickets to those that violate these regulations.
May 18, 2016 By Cobb Law Group
A well-written contract is more than a fill-in-the-blank form. It's unique, it reflects your business principles, and it reflects your values. Make sure your contracts reflect the personality and the tone you desire.
May 12, 2016 By Giambrone Law
Popular questions concerning buying a property in Italy.
May 11, 2016 By Hughes Krupica
A look at some of the issues with leasehold ownership in Thailand.
May 12, 2016 By ESK Law Firm
Although there are several similarities between construction law in Iran and other countries, it has its own rules and regulations which are different from the construction industry of the West. foreign contractors who enter the market for the first time must be prepared for a different environment. This article explains important aspects of construction law in Iran.
April 26, 2016 By Valova & Angelova Law Firm
Importance of declaring both of the spouses in the property declaration.
April 22, 2016 By HG.org
In some situations, California landlords decide to rent out their properties until they are able to find a buyer. When a unit is sold that is occupied by a renter in California, the renter still has many tenant rights that must be honored and respected. Simply selling the property does not usually justify an immediate eviction of a tenant.
April 22, 2016 By HG.org
For many couples, real property represents the most valuable and expensive asset that they own. Since the couple will no longer be living together in the same house, they must often reach some sort of decision regarding which party will receive the house.
April 18, 2016 By Cobb Law Group
Some states require that potential lien claimants serve a Notice of Intent to Lien on of the real estate where the lien will be placed prior to the filing of the lien. Georgia does not have this prerequisite, however, so a Georgia lien claimant may exercise an option to serve the project owner with prior notice.
April 12, 2016 By HG.org
In Massachusetts, sellers of property have certain duties. One such duty is to disclose certain defects of the property. If the seller fails to disclose such defects, the buyer may have remedies available to him or her.
March 31, 2016 By Boccadutri Studio Legale Internazionale
The Italian real estate market has grown rapidly and is predicted to become one of the most attractive to European investors. Our lawyers assist clients in all types of real estate development, including shopping center, industrial, residential, hotel and downtown developments. We have extensive experience in the creation and operation of residential, commercial and mixed-use condominiums and planned unit developments.
March 29, 2016 By HG.org
When a person owns land, he or she may assume that he or she is the sole owner of all of the land and can restrict others' use of the land. However, through an easement, another person or entity may have the right to a limited use of the land.
March 27, 2016 By Yilmaz Law Office
The procedure and regulation concerning foreigners' acquisition of real estate in Turkey.
March 13, 2016 By HG.org
When a person hires someone else to provide goods or services to him or her, the terms of the contract dictate when the work is to be performed or the goods to be provided. However, situations can occur in which the contractor is not providing timely delivery, and the customer may pursue legal action to enforce his or her rights.
March 13, 2016 By Dobrev & Lyutskanov Law Firm
The Independent Status of Car Parking Spaces in Accordance with the New Amending Bill to the Urban Planning and Development Act.
March 9, 2016 By The Alvarez Law Firm, PA
Former homeowners who have been foreclosed on have to go through an entire year of loss after loss. First, they lose their home and have to relocate. Next, they have to figure out how to re-establish credit because they have lost their once good credit rating. Then, as homeowners attempt to put this behind them, they go to the mailbox and receive a 1099. A 1099A or 1099C is issued by the creditor for the abandonment or cancellation of debt.
March 9, 2016 By Hughes Krupica
A practical look at a complication non-resident foreigners married to Thais may face when purchasing a condominium in Thailand.
March 7, 2016 By Blake Wilson Law Group
Real estate investors are prevalent in the California real estate market, and they have driven the values for the past few years. What, then, should California real estate investors look out for when purchasing real property as an investment?
March 3, 2016 By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Limited liability companies (“LLCs”) are the entity of choice for most transactions involving the purchase and/or development of real estate. There are many situations in which another entity may be used, as, for instance, when a company owns various assets, only one of which is real estate. Still, LLCs predominate.
Lawsuits against real estate agents may be based on a number of different claims. Such claims may include allegations of misrepresentation, negligence, lack of disclosure, secret profits, conflict of interest, etc. As such, it’s important for both the real estate agent and the client to understand what the law expects of real estate agents.
When making a real estate purchase — whether it’s home or an office building — many people don’t give much thought to how the property should be titled. But if you want to pass the property on to a spouse or others some day, how you title it has an important role in how it is passed on.
The title search report is considered one of the most important documents to be obtained by the buyer prior to buying a property as it provides essential information on the legal status of the purchased property be it a piece of land, a factory, residential building or a commercial office space.
Foreclosure is a scary, cumbersome process that often renders homeowners desperate for help, and all too often they call upon unqualified, or unethical, self-proclaimed foreclosure defense attorneys or advocates.
What happens when a construction company or a contractor put's a lien on your property for unpaid services? What if the lien is invalid? Do you have any recourse?
Recently foreclosure defense attorneys have argued that FL Stat. 559.715 is a condition precedent to foreclosure and a defense to foreclosure. Recently the 2nd DCA finally rules on the issue and held otherwise.
The right of superficies is found in Sections 1410 to 1416 of the Civil and Commercial Code. It is a right in land granted by the owner to the holder of the right, called the superficiary, in order to own structures built upon or under the land.
It is common for a contractor in one state to participate on a project in another state. Unfortunately, each state has its own rules and regulations for letting out-of-state contractors work within its borders. For those contractors and subcontractors who are bidding on or working on Georgia projects, there are registration requirements with the Georgia Department of Revenue. This article provides useful information to construction professionals seeking working in Georgia.
Florida real estate has always been attractive to foreign buyers, even before the housing crash that depressed prices for both residential and commercial real estate and made foreign investment in Florida real estate a bargain for many buyers.
Forming a limited liability company (LLC) for real estate investments has been a common practice in Florida for more than 30 years because an LLC can help investors protect their personal assets from any liabilities associated with their real estate investments.
Protection of owners rights is important for every country. In Ukraine, there are not a lot of effective methods how to keep your rights. Often using realtors services we think and assume that our rights are defended. But as usual, it not so. Who are realtors in Ukraine? Are they responsible?
Buying real estate property in Spain is not really different from buying in other European countries. In this article we will explain the basic steps to be taken in the purchase process.
The usufruct is a “real right” or interest in property that originates in Roman law and generally grants one person beneficial rights in the property of another for a certain period of time.
Real estate agents occupy a position of trust. Quite often, they are involved in transactions that represent the largest monetary value that their clients have ever encountered. As such, real estate agents may be subject to a number of legal claims.
Enacted 52 years ago, the Florida Marketable Record Title Act (“MRTA”) is a statute many homeowners associations remain blissfully unaware of — usually to their detriment.
A trust is a mechanism in which one person can transfer ownership of certain properties during his or her life of after death. A trust is subject to the provisions an instructions in the trust document. However, some trust are formed based on the conduct of the parties and their intentions as opposed to the official wording of a trust document. Constructive trust are formed as a remedy to prevent unfair results.
A Florida Enhanced Life Estate Deed — also known as the “Lady Bird Deed” because President Lyndon Johnson used one to pass property to his wife, Lady Bird Johnson – is an estate planning instrument that allows a property owner to maintain control of his or her real property and avoid probate when it is time to pass the property on to heirs.
The nature of the relationship between a California general contractor and a subcontractor is legally quite complex. The general contractor awards a sub-contract based upon a bid, or extensive experience with a particular subcontractor. It is not unusual for work to begin on a jobsite under a subcontract prior to any physical agreement being drafted or signed.
Enacted 52 years ago, the Florida Marketable Record Title Act (“MRTA”) is a statute many homeowners associations remain blissfully unaware of — usually to their detriment.
A tenant’s basic duty is to pay rent in a timely manner and to maintain the property up to a certain standard. Landlords also have certain duties. These duties may exist under contract provisions and/or under state and local laws.
There are many situations in which your property may be in the possession of another person. You may have visited someone overnight and left something behind. You may have broken up with a paramour. You may have been kicked out of the property by a roommate.
Real estate market in the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC] is vast, especially for urban centres, like Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Kisangani, Goma, Kolwezi, Bukavu, Matadi, etc.
In most cases, a person is not legally required to hire a real estate lawyer before purchasing real property. However, real estate lawyers perform a variety of tasks that can help make the home buying process less complicated and that can tend to the buyer’s rights.
Evicting a Tenant in Thailand is not a simple matter. Leases are generally treated as a contract. There are procedures that need to be followed to terminate the contract.
When a person has more belongings than he or she can comfortably store in a home, he or she may take extra belongings to an off-site storage company. The circumstances about which the storage company can remove belongings are based on state law and the specific contract.
Many have fallen prey to the allure of a timeshare. The prices sound unbeatable, the amenities look amazing, and the idea of owning a piece of vacation paradise may seem too good to resist. Unfortunately, after buying a timeshare, reality sets in and many people find themselves wanting out of the agreement.
Construction law in California can be quite complex, and it is important to understand the best strategies for resolving disputes with contractors.
More and more non-resident foreign nationals, attracted by the good economic climate, decide to buy a property in Spain. The drop in real estate prices has increased the number of investors.
4 Things Self-Managing Owners with Hawaii Vacation Rental Properties Should Do to Comply with New Law
Hawaii amended its Transient Accommodations Tax Law in July 2015. Effective January 1, 2016, vacation rental properties in Hawaii are subject to new requirements. Here are four things owner-operators should do to be prepared for the new law.
Homeowners associations are common in many areas and various types of development. The homeowners association, or “HOA,” is the governing body of the subdivision or complex. However, there are times when individual or multiple homeowners have a legal dispute with the HOA. Several options may be available to help resolve such disputes.
When purchasing real estate, many people look to their views to determine if they want to purchase the property. Better views often translate to more valuable pieces of property. However, in some cases, a neighbor may be able to block a view or otherwise exercise his or her own legal rights in order to build something on his or her property that may interfere with the other property owners’ privileges.
It happens to most of us at some point or another: a house guest comes to stay for a while, but ends up freeloading far longer than expected. When this happens, what can you do to get your pesky house guest to leave? Does the law offer any solutions?
Neighbor disputes can crop up due to a number of issues, but water damage issues due to the landscape of a neighbor’s property or naturally-occurring condition are some of the most common. The respective rights of each property owner depends on the specific circumstances involved in the case and local and state laws that address the subject.
On August 1, 2015, the new Civil and Commercial Code (hereinafter the “new Code”) will enter into force in Argentina. Chapter 4 of this new Code governs property law, maintaining most of the provisions set forth in the previous Civil Code, and also introducing new provisions.
A country shall have regular human settlements and certain bordered zones, in order to provide a healthy environment and create feasible investment areas. For the purposes of meeting with the needs of the number of population in a rapid way, lands of the country should be planned and developed within the frame of specified master projects.
Due to Turkey’s rapidly financial growth and increasing population, real estate market has been developing for last five years.
No doubt the global economic recession and crisis have affected the European and US real estate markets. On the other hand, the real estate markets in emerging markets like Turkey are still promising despite the global crisis. In last decade, international real estate market has significantly developed in Turkey. Accordingly, the interest of local and foreign investors in the real estate market progressively increased every year.
Landlord/tenant law is extremely geographic-specific. Both state and city laws affect the legal rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants. Many states have laws that favor landlords, while a few are more concerned with protecting the tenants’ rights. In order to legally evict a tenant, the landlord must usually follow a very specific legal procedure.
Question: I got evicted from my place without any notice. They threw away all my things – including my furniture and children’s items - without notice. I was locked up for about a month and a half. But I did not owe them any money.
Egypt in its accelerated movement towards economic reform has been emphasizing the importance of real estate development projects and large scale projects in order to restore the market and economy after its decline post Revolution of 2011.
Under current Florida law, there is a trap that can result in the expiration of the covenants for the community. Under the Marketable Record Title Act, Chapter 712 of Florida Statutes (“MRTA”), residential homeowners’ associations are required to preserve the integrity of the declaration for the entire community to retain the status of the declaration as the source of marketable title with regard to the transfer of a member’s residence.
Some significant amendments for real-estate acquisitions by foreigners introduced by a new Law. The most notable amendment in the Law is abolishment of the reciprocity clause. As a result, a foreigner may acquire a real-estate in Turkey even if a Turkish citizen may not acquire a real-estate in the foreigner’s home country.
As a result of the illegal annexation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation, many owners of the property and assets in the Crimea have gotten quite difficult issue: how to protect and save these assets?
California places heavy legal responsibilities on the seller in a real estate transaction to provide “meaningful disclosures” about the property they are attempting to sell. The failure to disclose known defects or issues that affect the “value or desirability” of the property can result in substantial liability to seller and their agent(s), and often result in litigation. It is not appropriate for a seller to simply list a property “as-is.”
A property investor in Dubai may withhold payment of due installments whilst the developer is in breach of his contractual obligations.
By LPA Law Firm
In accordance with law no. 33/2012 “On the Registration of Immovable Property” immovable property should be registered in the immovable property register. This register is open to the public and is administrated by local Immovable Property Registration Offices. The local Immovable Property Registration Offices report to the Immovable Property Registration Office which is governed by a Board of Directors and the Chief Registrar.
An introduction to the different types of property easements, how to determine their location on a parcel of land, and what is required of the property owner.
Joint tenancy is one type of concurrent ownership in which two or more individuals own the property simultaneously. Joint tenancy provides a number of benefits to co-owners. However, it also poses certain risks.
Tenancy in common is one form of concurrent ownership in which multiple people own the same piece of property. It contains several unique characteristics and important differences from other types of concurrent ownership. Additionally, severing ownership of the property is different for each type of concurrent ownership.
Dubai Court ordered developer to compensate buyer for the shortfall in the size of the sold property and all its supplemented areas.
Lawsuits filed by attorneys in California over Indoor Air Quality or Sick Building Syndrome, are increasing. The WHO estimates that nearly 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings worldwide have indoor air quality problems (possibly 20 percent in the U.S., according to one study). In California, dangerous indoor air quality and sick building syndrome are a growing area of law for lawyers in the areas of personal injury, real estate, construction, homeowner associations and business.
It is indeed important to modify the previous regulation since there were some situations in which the properties were sold by amounts not according to the reality granting an unfair profit to those people, and on top of that tax benefits that are intended to the lower classes.
The Chinese real estate boom in Australia will only be accelerating. It is predicted that an additional $70 billion demand for real estate from Chinese HNWI investors and immigrants over the next five years to 2020. It is an inevitable trend since China is undergoing its unprecedentedly greatest wealth creation, and Australia is on China’s doorstep.
When renting an apartment or other home, you can be at the mercy of your landlord in many ways. Problems like leaks, mold, malfunctioning appliances, and other issues can make your home feel more like a prison. So, what can you do when your landlord fails or refuses to fix serious maintenance issues in your rental property?
Real estate in Egypt is considered one of the main industries that have a significant effect on the gross domestic product and according to the world folio the growth rate of real estate sector in Egypt accounted 8 % in the 2013 GDP also, this sector absorbed about 14.9 % of the employment.
People frequently question in they have the right to their own conveyancing solicitor. Of course you are, you’re about to make the largest financial transaction of your life.
By Jaburg Wilk
There are seemingly two types of people who live in houses or condominiums that are subject to rules and regulations, known as Codes, Covenants and Restrictions, or “CC&R’s.” There are those who live there because there are CC&R’s, and there are those who live there despite the fact that there are CC&R’s.
The UK courts have ruled in an important case involving adjudication agreements, affirming the commercial reality that clear drafting of contract documentation is critical.
In the event you as a business owner or homeowner or even a residential tenant are forced to move due to a government buyout, you are eligible for relocation expenses.
In certain circumstances, California Civil Code Section 1942 allows a tenant or lessee to move out of a rented property without prior notice when the property is uninhabitable. A rented property must be fit for humans to live in. When it is so unhealthy as to be a danger to the renter, the renter has the right to leave the premises even when there is a lease. However, there are steps to take before doing so in order to support your claim that the property is uninhabitable.
Many homeowners eventually find themselves in the position of wanting to rent their property. Unfortunately, home ownership does not come with a legal manual full of all the necessary forms to set up a lease arrangement.
Parties to commercial contracts owe various contractual duties to each other according to the terms of the contract. But what is the duty of care of a professional consultant to others, for instance, to warn of potential construction problems where there is a risk to others or property?
Anyone who has had a disagreement with a landlord has probably wondered if they could withhold rent until the issue was resolved. To the surprise of many, there are actually circumstances under which a tenant can lawfully withhold rent and not have to worry about getting evicted. So what are those circumstances?
As options for television channels have increased, satellite TV has become a very popular alternative to cable. Unfortunately, to receive these broadcasts, one needs to install a satellite dish on the outside of a building, and this can lead to disputes. Thus, many ask “can anyone stop me from putting up a satellite dish?”
The American economy has changed quite a bit over the last few decades. One of the biggest changes over the last 100 years has been a shift away from small, family owned stores to the “big box” megastore.
What is the extent of a valuer’s duty of care to an investor? The UK courts have considered this issue, which is of particular importance to the property and financial sectors, surveyors, and other experts.
A cautionary tale from the UK courts has emerged concerning fraudulent misrepresentations made to the purchasers during a property sale – leading to a substantial damages award.
Noisy dogs are a common legal dispute. After all, while pet owners may feel annoyance at a dog that barks at every little noise, a neighbor has absolutely no control over training the dog not to respond in this manner. Thus, as the neighbor, what can you do legally to get the pet owner to quiet his noisy animal?
The expropriation procedure in Turkish law is conducted in accordance with Article 46 of the Constitution and Law No.2942 on Expropriation. In exceptional cases where there is a danger of disruption in public services, the method of immediate expropriation stipulated in Article 27 is employed.
Although you may be familiar with the words “Power of Attorney” you may not have a full understanding of the concept. In order to shed some more light on the subject, some basic facts about Power of Attorney are explained in this article
The Moscow Government provides landowners an opportunity to pay for the permitted use in installments.
Investing to the real estate market is very profitable in Ukraine. There are a lot of foreign companies which provide their activity in Ukraine with one purpose – to buy and rent the real estate. Ukrainian state bodies designed very good legal remedies for property and owners too. But now we still have a lot of legal gaps.
Every country has its own legislation regarding acquisition of real estate by foreign individuals within the scope of its own political, economical and social requirements. Acquisition of real property by foreign real persons in Turkey is restricted by laws as well. The main purpose of this brief article is to explore the legal restrictions of purchasing real estate in Turkey by foreign individuals.
With the world becoming more and more litigious, we all fear we might be sued over everyday actions or minor mistakes. In our market, homeowners are often trying to find a scapegoat for their financial responsibilities. Without following proper procedure, that scapegoat may be your HOA.
Right and obligation of property brokerage company is stipulated under the Minister of Trade Regulation Number 33/M-DAG/PER/8/2008 on Property Brokerage Company (“Permendag No. 33/M-DAG/PER/ 8/2008“). Property brokerage company is the entity that operates as a sale and purchase broker, lease broker, research and assessment, marketing, as well as consultancy and information dissemination relating to a property based on employer’s or client’s instruction under a written agreement (“Company”).
Law No. 20 of 2011 on Condominium (“Condominium Law“) requires a developer to separate the condominium with condominium unit, common equipment, common facility, and common land, when the developer constructs a condominium.
Due to the financial crisis in the US in 2008, Costa Rica was seriously affected in the real estate field, because most of the people that were buying properties, mainly in the Pacific and Caribbean area, were coming from the U.S.A. and some other foreign countries. However, since 2012 Costa Rica has been experiencing a new growth in real estate.