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Landlord failed to disclose prior tenant was suspected serial killer

Landlord failed to disclose prior tenant was suspected serial killer

By Jennifer Felten Landlord’s Failure to Disclose Prior Events at a Property may Give Tenant Grounds to Terminate their Tenancy Disclosure, or the lack thereof, in residential real estate transactions is the source of the vast majority of disputes arising from such transactions. Unlike other areas of the law where the concept of caveat emptor […]

When a yard sale goes wrong

When a yard sale goes wrong

 By Jennifer Felten A woman in Horn Lake, Tennessee, learned an expensive lesson this summer when she put on a yard sale. The city has strict rules about advertising yard sales and she apparently violated them. In particular, the signs did not contain all of the information required for such advertising including the date of […]

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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