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New Water Heater Standards to Impact Homeowners

New Water Heater Standards to Impact Homeowners

By Jennifer Felten . In 1987, Congress enacted the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (“NAECA”), which regulates energy consumption of specific household appliances. NAECA creates uniform efficiency standards for certain household appliances, including refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, clothes dryers and water heaters. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy, pursuant to NAECA, issued a Final […]

How Small is Too Small?

How Small is Too Small?

By Jennifer Felten A family in Chesterfield, remedy Virginia has been evicted from their home, health in part because it is too small. Homes of this type, cure known as “tiny homes,” are characterized by the size of less than 400 square feet and the fact that they are often on wheels. They have come […]

HOA’s can create rules to limit vacation rentals–Real Estate Case of the Month

HOA’s can create rules to limit vacation rentals–Real Estate Case of the Month

By Jennifer Felten Oak Shores Community Association v. Robert C. Burlison, Jr. In this case a couple of owners in a homeowners association challenged some rules imposed by the association relative to limitations on short term leasing. This particular homeowners association, named Oak Shores Community Association, consists of 851 parcels of land. Six hundred sixty […]

Godfather of Soul–Family Feud over James Brown estate

Godfather of Soul–Family Feud over James Brown estate

By Jennifer Felten In 2006, the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, passed away. The very next day a public feud began when his purported wife, Tomi Rae Hynie, returned to the family estate only to find padlocks on the gates and security personnel guarding the property. The validity of Hynie’s marriage to Brown, and the […]

Survey Finds That Millennials Want to Live In the Burbs

Survey Finds That Millennials Want to Live In the Burbs

By Jennifer Felten This month, the National Association of Home Builders published a survey about housing preferences for “millennials,” those born after 1977. The survey was designed to determine if this generation wanted to live in urban settings like downtown lofts, or if they had a preference to follow in the footsteps of the majority […]

Beauty is in the eye of the behold, even if it’s a melting house…seriously?

Beauty is in the eye of the behold, even if it’s a melting house…seriously?

By Jennifer Felton An artist in London has generated a lot of attention by building a two story house in the middle of town that is slowly melting away. Erected as part of the art exhibit known as the Merge Festival, the house went up at the end of September and has been slowing melting […]

Family Claims to Have Been Tricked into Buying House Full of Poisonous Spiders

Family Claims to Have Been Tricked into Buying House Full of Poisonous Spiders

By Jennifer Felten “It was shortly after we moved in they started bleeding out of the walls,” recalls Brian Trost, the father of a family whose dream home turned into a nightmare. The “they” he is referring to are brown recluse spiders, a type of spider that is considered highly dangerous as their venom can […]

Employee convicted in short-sale scheme after bilking Bank of America for 5.7 million

Employee convicted in short-sale scheme after bilking Bank of America for 5.7 million

By Jennifer Felten A former Bank of America employee has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to taking more than $1.2 million in bribes to approve artificially low-price short sales of properties on which the bank held mortgages. In addition to the prison term, Kevin Lauricella was ordered to pay […]

Changing “husband and wife” to “spouse” in California’s legal code

Changing “husband and wife” to “spouse” in California’s legal code

By Jennifer Felten Senate Bill 1306 Amends California’s Statutory Marriage Rules and Terms The California Constitution and statutory law prior to July, 2014 said that the only valid and recognizable marriages are between a man and a woman. The Constitutional Provision, which was enacted in 2008 by Proposition 8, was subsequently held unenforceable by a […]

When a prescriptive easement is an easement

When a prescriptive easement is an easement

By Jennifer Felten Hoffman v. 162 North Wolfe LLC . This case involves a commercial transaction which occurred in 2010. The Hoffmans were the buyers in the transaction. Shortly after they purchased the property, the neighboring property owner, 162 North Wolfe LLC, claimed a landscape easement and prescriptive easement rights of ingress and egress over […]

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