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It's my property, right? Wait, does the property end before or after the sidewalk? Or in the middle? And if the sidewalk is on my property, do I still need a permit? After all, I heard you can get sued if your sidewalk is a safety hazard, so shouldn't I just fix this ASAP?

Not so fast. Like many construction projects, big and small, you may need a permit to fix your sidewalk.

The new home you found was perfect, so you made an offer. But if you find out the house isn't so perfect, are you stuck with it?

Well, that all depends. Not the most exciting answer, I know, so let's take a look at some of the factors determining whether you can back out on an offer to buy a house.

Buying a house is a big deal. Beyond the financial investment, there are quite a few legal implications, not to mention the emotional attachment to a new home. No one wants to end up on the other side of home ownership, wishing they had known something else before they got started.

Here are five things to know when buying a home, from incentives and inspections to insurance and the institutions that regulate home ownership.

Planning on remodeling your bathroom, adding a fence, or re-roofing your house? If so, you may need to obtain a permit.

Fixing or remodeling a house is hard and costly enough, but figuring out which permits you need and applying for them can make the job even harder. Do you really need one?

You probably picked your apartment or rental house based on the fact it had a pool, and now that summer is here, that decision can really pay off. So it'd be a real bummer to find the pool discolored or half-filled or the pool area dirty or potentially dangerous.

Before you can enjoy the full summer pool party experience, your pool needs to be adequately maintained. But whose responsibility is it to maintain the pool?

If someone else decided to use your property as a parking lot (or if your property is a parking lot and someone has overstayed their welcome) you probably want that car gone now, and maybe you want to do it yourself.

But getting a car towed off your property is one of those situations where self help might not be the best remedy. So what are your options for towing a car on your property?

Once the provenance of hippies and hipsters, urban agriculture is becoming more and more popular across city-dwelling populations. Rooftop gardens, front-yard farms, and vacant lots-turned-vegetable patches are popping up every day.

And whether you're getting into urban agriculture because you're health conscious, eco conscious, or money conscious, you should also be law conscious before you start growing, tending, or selling any produce.

Here are three laws you should know about urban agriculture:

Whether you're in a rent dispute or just want to know how much notice you need to give your landlord before moving out, having access to your lease is essential. But we don't live in a perfect world, so of course the lease isn't in that drawer where you thought you left it.

So how can you get a copy of your lease or rental agreement? Let's take a look at a few of your options:

Your apartment is freezing. The front door is hard to open. Ants and other crawly creatures have block parties in your kitchen.

Under the principal of warranty of habitability, landlords have a duty to maintain rental properties at a standard fit for human habitation. Also, states maintain housing codes that require landlords make certain listed repairs. However, many tenants have probably felt the frustration of trying unsuccessfully to get a landlord to make repairs.

If your landlord has not been maintaining your apartment, here is how to report a housing code violation.

Maybe your building is being sold because the market is great. Or maybe your landlord decided to turn the property over to his kids, or maybe he or she passed away. Whenever an apartment building is sold or changes hands, tenants are right to be wary of what will happen next.

That answer could depend on your lease or applicable state landlord-tenant laws. Here are some possible concerns you should be aware of if your building gets a new owner.