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In any rental scenario, there is an implied promise, known legally as a warranty of habitability, whereby the landlord assures the tenant that the residential premises are fit for human habitation. This unwritten warranty is supported by state statutes or case law, and extends from the beginning of tenancy to the end.

While the warranty of habitability generally includes essentials like hot water and functioning toilets, you would think it also covers not scratching bed bug bites until you bleed and are covered in permanent scars. A Los Angeles jury agreed, awarding a family $1.6 million after they suffered months in a bed bug-infested apartment.

Flip or Flop. Flip or Flop: Atlanta. Flip of Flop: Vegas. Flip This House. Flip That House. Dessert Flippers. Masters of Flip. Flipping Virgins.

The American public has been so inundated with house-flipping television entertainment that you almost feel silly if you're not currently in the market for a cheap home to quickly renovate and put back up for sale.

But, like all get-rich-quick schemes, flipping a house comes with quite a few legal risks. Here are the top three you should be concerned about.

The tax overhaul recently passed by Congress has a lot of changes in store for 2018, but one in particular may have a big effect on people's 2017 tax returns. The new tax bill will cap what federal taxpayers are allowed to deduct for state and local taxes at $10,000, sending some forward-thinking homeowners to their municipal tax offices in an attempt to prepay their 2018 property taxes in 2017 in order to maximize their deduction.

But will it work?

Selling a house isn't just difficult emotionally. It can also be legally complicated, with putting the property on the market and negotiating and finalizing the sale. And in any complicated process, certain things can fall through the cracks.

So here's a legal checklist for selling your home, so nothing gets left behind.

There is a common misconception among some property owners that once you buy the land, you can do whatever you want with it. Those property owners often find local, state, and federal zoning laws a rude awakening.

Even those people trying to live as off-the-grid or low-impact as possible may find zoning laws in their way. The tiny house movement, a whole lot of hipsters and environmentalists trying to live within very little spaces, is running into its own zoning problems. So if you're dreaming of living simply inside of 500 square feet, do some research first, before local zoning laws give you a reality check.

As fires in Sonoma County, California rage on, the first concern is safety: getting residents out of harm's way and getting injured residents necessary medical treatment. And when the flames are out, people will turn to rebuilding and compensation for property lost to the fires.

Most residential and commercial property owners will turn first to their insurance policies, fingers crossed that they cover fire damage and natural disasters. If you're filing an insurance claim after a fire -- or wondering if your policy covers fire damage -- here's what you need to know:

Just like any other contract, a lease agreement binds both parties, landlord and tenant, to abide by its terms. And, just like any other contract, a lease agreement can be broken. And while most of us are familiar with the repercussions of tenants breaking a lease -- late fees, loss of security deposit, eviction, etc. -- what recourse does a tenant have if it's the landlord violating the terms of a lease agreement?

Here's a look:

Guns and Drugs: FAQ for Renters

Renting an apartment or house can be a tricky thing -- in so many ways, it's your space; but in so many other ways, it is clearly not. Can I paint this wall? What's the limit on house guests? Why can't my pit bull live here?

And varying opinions and state laws on marijuana and gun ownership can only complicate matters further. So here are some of the biggest questions regarding guns and drugs on rental properties, for renters:

No private party can ban you from owning a gun. However, if you rent your home, your landlord might be able to prevent you and other tenants from bringing, or keeping, a gun in your own home. Also, know that you can be evicted for possessing a gun if your rental or lease agreement prohibits it.

While the Second Amendment does protect the rights of gun owners, it only protects those rights from governmental intrusion, just like the First Amendment and free speech. This means that unless your landlord is a governmental entity, like a city, or state, agency, or receives state or federal funding for rental assistance on your property, the Second Amendment is unlikely to apply.

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?