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Nothing ruins a festive holiday season like an ice-cold apartment with no working heater. While there's not a whole lot that the law requires from your landlord as far as amenities are concerned, adequate heating during cold weather is one of them.

Getting your landlord to fix the heat might be as simple as asking him or her, but just in case, here's a quick legal guide:

For many homeowners, November means it's time to start putting up holiday decorations both inside and outside their homes.

But owners of houses or condos that are members of a homeowners association might want to think twice before decking the outside of their hall with boughs of holly. HOA rules may limit, or in some circumstances prohibit certain kinds of holiday decorations.

Is it legal for an HOA to limit a member's ability to decorate his or her home for the holidays?

The U.S. Supreme Court has been as busy as nine incredibly well educated beavers this year, and November should prove to be an interesting month for the High Court.

There are issues of gun control, homeland security, and even home loans to contend with. So here are 10 Supreme Court cases you should really pay attention to in November:

Pennsylvania was one of the original 13 colonies, and if you're in the Keystone State, you should be familiar with its rich history of laws.

While learning about the life of the Founding Fathers is a great way to enjoy the history of Pennsylvania, you may also want to focus on the present laws that will have a slightly more pressing effect.

Get ready for an updated page of Poor Richard's Almanac, with 10 laws you should know if you're in present-day Pennsylvania:

Breaking up is hard to do, and you may be clueless about how to break it to your landlord that you're moving out.

Unlike breaking up with your latest fling, there's actually a great semi-formal method of calling it quits with your tenancy: a move-out letter. By sending your landlord a letter, you can clearly announce your intention to move and highlight your rights and responsibilities before you do.

Don't know where to start? Here's a quick how-to on giving your landlord written notice of your move-out:

Yours truly is a Texas native, but we won't blame you if you're just arriving or simply here to visit. What Texans won't appreciate is someone who's clueless about the laws in the Lone Star State.

So before your Southwest flight lands, check out these 10 laws you should know if you're in Texas:

Even those who follow the advice of the Bible to "love thy neighbor" may not necessarily share the same warm feelings for their neighbor's trees.

It turns out that disputes between neighbors regarding trees are fairly common. And being that Sunday is the annual "National Good Neighbor Day," what better time to explore some different branches of the classic neighbor-tree dispute?

Here are five common sticking points when it comes to neighbors and trees:

When you're walking along and you see a fruiting tree, are you legally allowed to take your pick? Even if it's on private property?

A group of New Mexico preschoolers were dismayed earlier this month to find that their pumpkin patch had been raided over the weekend. While fruit shouldn't be left to rot on the vine (or branch, or bush), growers shouldn't have to let the fruits of their labors be picked bare either.

So when, if ever, is it legal to take fruit right off the tree?

If you own rental property near a college or university, you may be considering renting your property to college students.

While college students can often be a lucrative source of dependable rental income, they also may present unique legal issues you should be aware of.

Here are three legal reminders for landlords renting to college students:

With a new school year beginning soon, many college students will be eschewing the relatively predictable (if sometimes underwhelming) world of on-campus housing and moving off-campus.

If you're planning on living off-campus for the first time, finding somewhere that fits your budget is just the first step. What else do you need to know to keep your off-campus living situation from becoming a legal nightmare?

Here are five legal dangers you'll want to avoid when moving off-campus: