If a barking dog, too many cars on your street, or water runoff from your neighbor’s yard are irking you, you may be wondering if there is anything you can legally do to remove or stop the offending behavior. These situations are regarded as nuisances and the law may protect you in some circumstances.
If you are fairly familiar with real estate terms you’ve probably heard of easements. But what is a “quasi-easement”? In Georgia, a quasi-easement is an easement that is implied from a prior or existing use of property.
At least 20 states have adopted some form of HOA “super lien” statute. These statutes give the liens of residential and/or commercial homeowners’ associations priority over earlier recorded liens. Georgia, however, is not an HOA super lien state.
In Georgia, shared communities have the option to be governed by state regulations that set forth specific policies for the operation of such associations. Established in 1994, the Georgia Property Owners’ Association Act (Act) was developed to grant increased authority to homeowners associations (HOAs).
As a property owner, you have the right to exclude people and things —like your neighbor’s fence—from your land. Here in Georgia, where homes are in close proximity to one another, boundary disputes are fairly common.
Owning real estate comes with many rights. Unfortunately, however, not all a property owner’s rights are unfettered. Zoning regulations impose a number of restrictions on a person’s property. Zoning laws can impose many restrictions on how property can be used.
When a marriage falls apart you get divorced. When business partners fall out, they dissolve the partnership. But what happens when two or more people who own the same piece of property want to split up and go their separate ways? In real estate law, you generally look to the rules of partition.
When you are buying a home, there is so much to think about. You need to know your price range, what you are looking for in a house, and where you want to live. If that’s not enough, you also need to know and understand what your “due diligence” obligations are and why they are important.
Have you ever wondered what happens if a real estate agent doesn’t perform as required? As with other breaches of a contractual duty, if a real estate agent does not live up to his side of the bargain, a client who has been damaged by the breach can seek redress in court.
The old poem “good fences make good neighbors” isn’t always true. Sometimes fences between neighbors cause legal disputes. In today’s post we will take a brief look at how that might happen and what Georgia’s laws on adverse possession entail.