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Even the most reasonable landlords and the most responsible tenants have the occasional dispute. Fortunately, the vast majority of these disputes never need to see the inside of a courtroom.

For a minority of these cases, however, you may need to sue a property management company in order to enforce your rights as a tenant. So here are a few things to keep in mind if and when you do:

3 Tips for Hiring Movers

Whether you're getting kicked out of your parents' place, movin' on up to the East Side, or you finally found the home of your dreams, you've got to figure out how to get all your old stuff into your new living space. That's where moving companies come in.

But you can't trust just anyone with your most treasured belongings, so how do you choose the movers? Here are three tips to get you started:

Maybe you were swayed by the swaying palms or a free round of golf. Or the idea that owning a piece of paradise would mean you'd visit more often. Either way, you're on the hook for a timeshare and now you're wondering how to get out of it. (Clearly, you didn't heed our advice about not buying a summer timeshare.)

The contract might seem iron-clad, but you may have a few options if you want to back out of a timeshare:

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: