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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.

Summer is coming!

Whether you're going on vacation or going to summer school, you'll need a place to live. Do you pay for expensive on campus housing? Do you sublet from a friend? Are you from out of state, and are not familiar with the area?

Here are three things students should do before renting summer housing:

What is Title Insurance?

You spent months looking for the right house at the right price. After making an offer, getting a counteroffer, accepting the offer, inspecting the house, and trying to get a loan, your bank tells you that you need to buy title insurance.

What's title insurance?

Some older homeowners who perhaps didn't save enough for retirement or are outliving their retirement benefits are turning to reverse mortgages as a way to borrow against the value of their home. While most people understand how a basic mortgage works, a reverse mortgage sounds a bit more confusing.

And although a reverse mortgage is fairly simple and can add much needed income, elderly consumers should be wary of fraud and other scams when considering whether a reverse mortgage is right for them.

Anyone who's scraped the last of their money together at the end of the month to pay rent has worried if they'll get fined for paying late. Same for those who've wondered about subletting or leaving their apartment before the lease expires.

But are these fines or penalties legal? And what are the limitations on fines in residential rental or lease agreements?

Whether your last lease ended amicably or atrociously, your former tenant may have left a few of their things behind. So how long do you need to wait before clearing their belongings out? And do you have to hold onto their stuff before you toss it into the trash? Can you keep it if you like it?

State laws on leases and rental agreements can vary, so the answer may depend on where your rental unit is located. The answer will also depend on whether the property was left behind after the lease ended or after an eviction. Generally, however, here's some advice on what to do with a former tenant's things.

Can You Evict A Subtenant?

Rental relationships are hard. At first, you and your subtenant are friends. He's nice, clean, pays rent on time. Then, something happens, and the relationship sours. The subtenant stops washing the dishes, trashes the house, and refuses to pay rent!

Can you evict him? Can your landlord evict him?