Real Estate Law News - Law and Daily Life
Law & Daily Life - The FindLaw Life, Family and Workplace Law Blog

Recently in Real Estate Law Category

A Nevada rancher has prevailed in a standoff against the federal government over grazing rights for his cattle. But the legal battles are far from over.

Cliven Bundy, 67, attracted the attention of militiamen nationwide after he refused to pay grazing fees to the federal government -- which then seized Bundy's cattle. States' rights protestors and militia members rallied to Bundy's side, escalating tensions until the Bureau of Land Management finally agreed to release his cows on Saturday, reports the Las Vegas Sun.

What legal troubles still await this stalwart rancher?

What Is a Public Nuisance?

Mosquitoes and hangnails are everyday nuisances, but legally speaking, what is a public nuisance?

You may have seen the term used in the news, as a Southern California city recently decided that odors from a spicy Sriracha plant are a public nuisance.

So what is the legal effect of being deemed a public nuisance?

The 9/11 crash site of United Flight 93 is actually worth nearly $1 million more than the federal government paid for it, according to a court ruling in an eminent domain case.

A federal district judge ruled Wednesday that the site of the downed flight near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, originally valued at $610,000, was actually worth more than $1.5 million, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The federal government scooped up the land from its owner in 2009 under eminent domain, with plans to create a national memorial at the site. But both the original owner and the feds disputed how much it was worth.

5 Common Legal Problems With Subleasing

Subleasing might be a good option if you need to move before your lease is up, but a few legal problems can potentially arise.

Subleasing, or subletting, allows the current tenant to lease the property to another person, rather than having the subtenant lease directly with the landlord.

But as the original tenant, you need to be careful. Here are five legal problems that commonly occur in subleasing situations:

Public Sleeping Day: Is It Ever Illegal to Snooze?

Stop yawning and perk up: It's National Public Sleeping Day! There are a variety of creative ways to get your Z's on in public spaces to celebrate the occasion.

But is sleeping in public ever illegal?

The answer may surprise you and be quite the rude awakening.

Is It Legal to Trespass in an Emergency?

It's generally against the law to enter someone's land or use his or her property without permission. If you do, you could be face legal consequences for trespassing.

But there are certain limited circumstances when you can trespass, including emergency situations.

Two commonly used trespassing defenses -- public necessity and private necessity -- may allow you to trespass in an emergency.

Legal How-To: Evicting a Tenant

Landlords faced with less-than-stellar tenants may be wondering how to legally evict troublesome tenants. It's a question that's often raised in our FindLaw Answers Landlord and Tenant forum.

There are several reasons why a landlord would want to evict a tenant: for example, non-payment of rent, significant property damage, and violating the terms of the lease. In those situations, landlords may be able to evict a tenant, but must follow certain steps before they can lawfully kick the renter out.

Here are three tips on how to lawfully evict a tenant:

No Heat? What Are Your Legal Options?

With a major winter storm lashing parts of the Midwest and Northeast, those stuck with no heat in their homes may be wondering if they have any legal options to fight the cold.

The answer depends on many factors, like why you're without heat. For example, if a power outage is to blame, suing your local power company can be an uphill battle, as Reuters has explained.

But in other cases -- notably, landlord-tenant situations -- tenants may indeed have a few legal options if they're shivering in an unheated unit. Here are some potential steps you can take:

Is It Ever Legal to Shoot Trespassers?

The laws on whether or not it's legal to shoot trespassers vary greatly depending on what state you're in. Generally speaking, there are certain circumstances where an occupant may be able to legally shoot trespassers.

But the legality of pulling the trigger depends on so many circumstances that dialing 911 may be a safer bet.

More Seniors Living With Kids, Relatives: Census

Harkening back to a more traditional familial structure, more seniors are living with their children and relatives, according to two new Census reports. If you think it's because of the economy, guess again: It's because of changing demographics.

Here's what's driving the multi-generational household trend: