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Whether it's legal to shoot or kill trespassers is one of our most common property law questions. Short answer: generally only in self-defense and in fear of bodily harm or death. And while we normally don't think of animal trespassers in this light, perhaps we should.

An unidentified Texas man was recently hospitalized and had his jaw wired shot after a bullet he fired at an armadillo in his yard at 3 a.m. ricocheted off the animal's armor and struck him in the face. The status of the armadillo is unknown, but the man's unfortunate fate raises an interesting legal question: When can you legally kill animals on your property?

Generally speaking, once you sell your house, the buyer is free to do with it what they will. This can be a hard fact of life for some who, despite the need or desire to sell their home, is still emotionally attached to the place they once lived. New homeowners are normally free to paint the house some gaudy yellow color, tear out the kitchen cabinets you installed, and even rip out your favorite plants.

But in some instances there may be ways for sellers to place conditions or restrictions on the home sale. Here's a look.

The repayment time of a home mortgage loan can run anywhere from 10 to 50 years, and a lot can happen in that amount of time. You may need to relocate for work, or want to relocate for retirement. You may add children to your nest or become empty nesters, necessitating more or less space. Or maybe it turns out the house you bought just isn't for you.

There many reasons we would want to sell a home, but is it possible to sell your home if you haven't paid it off yet? Here's what you need to know, legally, about selling a home if you still owe money on your mortgage.

We've all heard horror stories about homeowners' associations, imposing fines or even eviction notices on residents for grass that's too brown, playhouses that are too pink, families that are too big, and yard decorations that are too time-travely. And while all those stories seem ridiculous, the standard legal response is often, "Well, that's what you get with an HOA -- gotta abide by the agreement."

But what if a community is saying you can't buy or inherent a home because you practice the wrong religion or you're not religious enough? Surely that has to be illegal, right?

Stories of squatters gaining title to the properties they trespass upon are the urban legends that keep landowners awake at night. Under adverse possession laws, it is actually possible, albeit rather difficult, for a squatter to gain legal title.

Landowners need to be aware of their rights when dealing with squatters, as many jurisdictions do provide squatters with some legal protections. For instance, if a squatter is actually a holdover tenant, or sub-tenant, meaning a renter who has stayed beyond the terms of their rental agreement, the formal eviction process will likely be required to remove the squatter.

Tami Barker, a former Airbnb host in California, settled a civil rights complaint against her for $5,000, and has agreed to a whole host of other demands, after it was discovered that she discriminated against an Asian renter. Dyne Suh, and a few friends, had rented Barker's cabin through Airbnb. However, when Barker realized Suh was Asian, she cancelled the reservation, hours before it was set to begin.

Even though a last minute cancellation may be incredibly rude, it would not have been discriminatory but for what the host texted to Suh. In short, Barker sent Suh text messages essentially stating she didn't like Asians and foreigners, and further asserting that Trump's victory allowed her to discriminate. Airbnb and California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing did not agree with Barker, and took action.

When it comes to renting a home, a good landlord can make all the difference. However, even good landlords, like everyone else, will experience life as it comes at them, and their tenants or properties can sometimes take a backseat. But when problems within a rental unit persist, a tenant may find it necessary to withhold rent until the problems are corrected.

However, tenants need to be very careful when doing so, follow their state or local laws, and provide ample notice. Not following the rules can lead to an eviction for failing to pay rent, as that is a clear breach of a rental agreement. If your landlord refuses to make a repair, or just refuses to return your call, it may be your only option. Withholding rent (or deducting and repairing) the right way can help ensure that your landlord cannot evict you for doing so.

If you provide temporary rentals via services like Airbnb and VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner), not being aware of the legal liabilities can result in severe financial consequences. For instance, if someone is injured in your rental, or you fail to abide by local laws, the financial liability could significantly eclipse any of the monetary benefits.

However, being informed and prepared can help to ensure that even when things go wrong, you won't be left in the lurch. Below are the top three legal questions people ask when they want to rent out their home to short term renters.

If you're one of the many people who bought a house as a rental investment property or decided to become a landlord instead of selling a home, you may be looking to sell that house. Whether the hassle of tenants has become too much, or the housing market has finally bounced back and you can get a great price on the home, you might be looking to boot your tenant and sell right away.

But hold on -- there might be some legal restrictions on selling a home when you have a tenant renting it, depending on where you live and what the buyer wants to do with the property. Here's a look.

Hiring a contractor for even a small project is no simple task. But once you've settled on a project, a contractor, and a price, what do you do when problems pop up after the work has started?

Disputes with contractors can be among the most difficult to navigate. Not only do most people want the dispute to be resolved without a fight, but they also don't want to pay more money, or hire a new contractor and start over. The real trouble is that after the contractor starts work, individuals feel trapped.

Agreements often don't get read until after a dispute arises, and only then do individuals realize that their contractor holds a lot of power, including potentially the ability to put a mechanics lien (or other lien) on a person's home or property.