Real Estate



Building Violations

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Building codes are enacted to protect public health, safety and general welfare as they relate to the construction and occupancy of buildings and structures. The building code becomes law of a particular jurisdiction when formally enacted by the appropriate governmental or private authority.

Property owners are required to keep their buildings safe by following the building codes. If the building codes are violated or disregarded, tenants, customers, guests and bystanders can potentially become injured if an accident occurs. Property owners can be held liable for any injuries or damages that occur if their property was not kept safe. Some violations include Defective elevators/escalators failure to maintain the building properly, failure to repair hazardous condition, faulty or inadequate stairs, guardrails or handrails, faulty plumbing, faulty wiring, inadequate lighting, and unsafe porches/ balconies.

Building violations can also create many other problems. For instance, open violations can also prevent an owner from selling or refinancing. If you need help resolving your violation issues, contact Women's Legal Services Center today to speak to an experienced attorney.

Buying & Selling Real Estate

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There is a lot that goes into buying and selling property. The process can be very complex and tedious and many problems can arise. This is why it is important t hire a trained and experience professionals that can solve problems before they even arise. When making significant purchases, such as buying a house, you want everything to run smoothly and do not want any problems to arise should you try and sell your property later.

For example, buying a house for most people are usually the biggest purchase/investment that most people make. There are a number of problems that can arise that people don't think of or encounter until they try and sell the property. For instance, a buyer may sign a standard brokerage agreement that does not cover all of the legal issues. In the absence of an agreement the seller may become liable to pay a brokerage commission even if a sale does not occur, or to pay more than one brokerage commission. If the agreement allows the seller the right to negotiate on his or her own behalf, for example, you may avoid this problem. A lawyer can explain the effect of multiple listings. He or she can negotiate the realtor's rights if the seller withdraws the property from the market, or can't deliver good marketable title.

This is just a simple example of why it is very important to have the proper legal representation when buying and selling real estate. Contact the Women's Legal Services Center to help protect your property and investments. They are highly experienced in preparing and review documents relating to real estate such as purchase agreements, mortgage documents, title documents and transfer documents. We can also handle closings for either the seller or the buyer. A closing is, when an individual or entity purchases a piece of real property (land) from another person or entity.

Landlord-Tenant Issues

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A landlord is the owner of a house, apartment, condominium, land or real estate which is rented or leased to an individual or business, who is called a tenant. Often times, during a tenancy a dispute arises between a landlord and tenant. These disputes can occur over many different issues including lease agreements, tenant rights, responsibility for repairs to the property, rent, eviction and more.

In addition to looking to the terms of any rental agreement in place, being informed of your rights as either a tenant or a landlord can help save money and avoid frustration. When navigating a dispute with your landlord or your tenant, care should be taken to ensure that both sides attempt to uphold their side of the agreement while protecting their interests to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Legal guidance is critical in understanding your rights and the Women's Legal Services Center is here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to meet with an experienced attorney to discuss your options and resolve your issue as quickly as possible.

Property Rights

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Property is anything that is owned by a person or entity. Property is divided into two types: real property and personal property. Real property is any interest in land, such as real estate. Personal property is everything else. When property disputes arise it is important to have the proper legal representation to ensure that your rights are not overlooked. Property law can be very complex and there are many aspects to it.

If you have an ongoing property dispute or need to take action, contact the Women's Legal Services Center today. We are highly experienced in dealing with property rights and are here to protect your property.