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Changes to Unclaimed Property Law

Changes to Unclaimed Property Law

 By Jennifer Felten Last year, the California State Assembly passed Bill 212, codified as Code of Civil Procedure sections 1530 and 1513.5, which modified the state’s unclaimed property reporting requirements. The law went into effect on January 1, 2014, but the new reporting requirements become mandatory on July 1. Under the new rules, the threshold […]

Move It

Move It

 By Jennifer Felten A developer in Rhode Island should have taken the old adage, “measure twice, cut once,” more seriously when he built a home in Rhode Island back in 2009. This is because the three-story waterfront house valued at $1,800,000 he built was actually built on his neighbor’s property. Apparently as the result of […]

The limits of property rights–the red, white and blue house

The limits of property rights–the red, white and blue house

By Jennifer Felten This country was founded by people who were angry with the government for infringing on their property rights. As such, the core of the American legal system supports the rights of property owners to unfettered control of their property. These rights, however, must be limited when they come into conflict with the […]

A new definition of a homewrecker

A new definition of a homewrecker

By Jennifer Felten A woman in Florida wanted a mobile home demolished, so she hired a land-clearing company to accomplish the task. Though not problematic in and of itself, she was still arrested for doing so. Why; because the mobile home was owned by her neighbor. Apparently, the woman was upset with her neighbor because […]

Real Estate News: Landlord-Tenant–Returning all rental fees for a clerical error?

Real Estate News: Landlord-Tenant–Returning all rental fees for a clerical error?

Editor’s Note: We are pleased to welcome Ms. Felten as a contributing columnist at Citizen’s Journal.  We will be bringing you the “Real News” with tips and discussion of real estate law.  By Jennifer Felten Case: Lyles v. Sangadeo-Patel The question presented by this case was whether a tenant is entitled to a refund of rental […]

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