The popularity of do-it-yourself remodeling shows on television these days has inspired homeowners everywhere to tackle both large and small renovations on their own.
New York's real estate market is famous for a cutthroat attitude and the victor claiming the spoils. But even the most powerful and ruthless sellers and developers are restrained by the law. There are limits to how far someone may go to protect their interests in real estate.
If there's a cardinal rule to real estate development that everyone should remember it's this: Get the zoning regulations down correctly before you start building.
You know where your yard ends and your neighbor's begins, right? Well, maybe not. The problem many homeowners run into is that they (and their neighbors) assume they know where the boundary lines are between their two properties, but they have incorrect information.
What do you do when your tenant seems to have up and vanished without any kind of warning?
Hoarding, or collecting piles and piles of unused (and often useless) items, is an aspect of a serious type of obsessive-compulsive disorder. While the last thing you want to get into is a lawsuit over disability discrimination against a tenant, the reality is that a hoarder can put your entire property at risk.
Your tenants generally enjoy what's known as the "right of quiet enjoyment." In part, that means that they deserve to live free from unreasonable intrusions and disturbances -- including excessive noise from other tenants.
Could you be paying far more than you really need to be paying on property taxes?
The proverb "Good fences make good neighbors" is often true -- and a fence that's badly in need of repairs or an eyesore can spark some ugly disputes between otherwise reasonable neighbors. That's especially possible when a fence is parked right on a boundary line.
Why should you have to get a permit to do renovations on your own home?