Category Archives: Real Estate, Property, Landlord & Tenants

Three Legal Tips for Dealing with Tenants Who Don’t Pay

By | March 16, 2012

We’ve all heard of bad landlords – people that seemingly take no interest in their property, are slow to respond to complaints, and generally don’t get around to cashing rent checks until a month and a half after the fact. But few of us think about things from the other end: the perspective of the landlord.

How to Legally Rent Out a Room in Your House

By | February 24, 2012

Renting out a part of your house or apartment, or subletting, is a great way to earn extra (and generally passive) income – income that can help supplement your own rent payments. But too many people take the illegal route, housing people in areas that they should not be housing them. When they’re found out, not only does… Read More »

Five Real Estate Documents You Need to Understand

By | October 31, 2011

The business of real estate – even in a slow economy with low house prices like our current state of affairs – is a big one. Real estate transactions happen every day, and a lot of people need to take out loans just to pay for one purchase. That’s because real estate deals with land and living property… Read More »

What You Need to Put in Your Renter’s Application

By | October 26, 2011

Submitting a renter’s application can be a seminal moment in your life – maybe you’re moving out of the college dorm room and are finding an apartment of your own for the first time. Maybe you’re moving into a new city and the renter’s application represents the first time you’re putting your new life down on paper. Or,… Read More »

Ever Wonder What All the Legalese in a Lease Agreement Means?

By | October 21, 2011

You tell yourself that “this time, I’ll make sure to read the full lease agreement.” After all, no one likes being blind-sided by a landlord who has an eye for fine print and legalese. You’re determined that everything you sign will be something you fully understand. Good for you, of course. But there’s just one problem: the lease… Read More »

The Ins and Outs of Quitclaim Deeds

By | September 16, 2011

If it sounds like an odd agreement between two parties, that’s because it often is: the quitclaim (or sometimes the “quick-claim deed”) is a very unique agreement that could have your head spinning by the time you finish reading this article. But once you get a basic handle on it, you’ll understand its uses and, of course, why… Read More »

Foreclosure – What Are Your Rights?

By | May 9, 2011

If you ask most people, they’re not interested in the law. Sure, they’ll enjoy a good courtroom drama on television, and they’ll listen to interesting cases on the news, but when it comes to local and state laws governing their actions – well, some peoples’ eyes simply glaze over. It’s not hard to blame them, considering just how… Read More »

When might a quitclaim deed be more appropriate than a warranty deed?

By | May 13, 2008

When any property transfers from one owner to another, a deed of transfer must be recorded with the local registry in the appropriate city or county. Generally, when one party purchases property from another party, a warranty deed is written, signed, witnessed and recorded. However, this may not always be necessary.

When do I need a mechanic’s lien?

By | May 13, 2008

If you own a business or perform services for someone, you expect to be paid, unless previous arrangements have been made for the donation of your time and materials. In order for your business to continue in a profitable manner, you have to rely on customers to pay their bills on time. However, in many cases, this simply… Read More »

When should a landlord require tenants to sign a lease?

By | May 13, 2008

When you own rental property, there are many circumstances and agreements under which you may choose to rent it. However, you should always protect yourself in the event your tenant does not uphold their part of your agreement.