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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.

A lawsuit filed over the weekend against the Washington D.C. Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) alleges that the agency violated the civil rights of over 20 DC homeowners and residents as a result of a sewage eruption. The residents were all forced to evacuate their homes when, in November of last year, sewage rising from the public system caused each home to be filled with two to three feet of standing raw sewage.

Although authorities made some effort to clean up the sewage eruption and remedy claims for damages, nearly all of the residents have found those efforts to be failing. Those affected by the sewage eruption returned to find destroyed and missing belongings, heaps of sewage damaged items and home fixtures strewn about on their lawns, and homes filled with the aftermath and stench of being covered in raw sewage.

The home selling process can be a complicated one. Between listings, ads, inspections, negotiations, title review, mortgage loans, contracts, and escrow, there are an endless array of moving parts to consider, all creating or affecting the buyer's and seller's rights and responsibilities.

If you're considering putting your home on the market, make sure you go into the process knowing your rights as a seller, as well as your legal obligations.

Across the country, the most heated disputes between neighbors often involve fences and meddlesome trees that straddle property lines. Whether it's a neighbor's dog causing damage to your fence, or sap-dripping tree branches hanging over your driveway, knowing your rights is important before attempting to negotiate an amicable resolution to neighborly disputes.

Here are five frequently asked legal questions about property line disputes involving trees and fences:

Just the thought of getting served with an eviction notice is scary for most people. Fortunately, landlords are not allowed to use self-help, such as changing the locks, making living conditions unbearable, or threats of force, to evict a tenant. Additionally, most states and cities have specific procedures that must be followed for an eviction to be valid.

Unfortunately for tenants, most cities do not have strong rent control protections like in San Francisco or Toronto. This means that in most places, after a lease term has ended, or is on a month to month basis, so long as a landlord follows the law, a tenant can be rightfully evicted with relative ease.

Here are the top three do's and don't's to follow if you've received an eviction notice.

A law in the Missourian town of Maplewood penalizes people for calling the police, even if there is a legitimate need for police assistance. As a result of this law, a mother of two, who is also the victim of domestic abuse, was evicted from her home. In other words, as crazy as it sounds: a woman was evicted from her home for calling the police about domestic violence incidents.

Rosetta Watson, who's now 58 years old, was facing repeated domestic violence in her Maplewood home. Even though she was the victim, she was still evicted due to being a "nuisance." After being evicted, Ms. Watson faced stretches of homelessness due to being unable to find stable housing. While the damage has been done, the ACLU has taken on her case, and has filed a lawsuit not only to get rid of this nonsensical law, but to also recover damages on Ms. Watson's behalf.

The Fair Housing Act, passed as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, protects renters and home buyers from a variety of discrimination based on everything from sex, race, and national origin to religion, marriage status, and pregnancy. But until Wednesday of this week, no court had extended those protections to include lesbian, gay, or transgender people.

That all changed when a federal court in Denver ruled that sex discrimination under the Fair Housing Act includes discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation, including discrimination motivated by outdated stereotypes about how men and women should act and with whom they should romantically partner.

Marriage is a good thing -- so say millions of married people and the government, who encourages marriage through tax breaks and other financial incentives. Even landlords might prefer married couples, thinking their relationship and financial status will be more stable.

But marriage isn't for everyone, and even those who might plan to get married may not be married yet. And incentives for marriage can turn into punishments for unmarried couples. So what happens when landlords refuse to rent to unmarried couples? Do they have any legal recourse?

The sale of a home is a complex business transaction, in and of itself. Doing business with family members can be fraught with complications. Naturally then, selling a home to a family member is both complex and complicated.

In addition to the potential emotional baggage and turmoil that can get wrapped up in a business deal or transaction between family members, there may be legal issues as well. Here are five legal tips on how to avoid the complications that come with selling a home to a family member.