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Help! Can You Do Anything If The Landlord Is Trying To Keep Your Security Deposit?

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The security deposit for your property is just that, a deposit to cover any damages occurred during the time you rented the property from the landlord. It cannot be used to cover the last month’s rent unless the landlord is in agreement. If the landlord refuses to return the deposit, you need to pursue the issue. Does The Tenant Have To Pay For Normal Wear and Tear? Your security deposit cannot be withheld for what is considered normal wear and tear on items in the dwelling including walls that need repainting or have chipped spots, or wooden floor finishes. Read More»

What Do You Do When You Go To Evict A Non-Paying Tenant And Find Somebody Else Is Living There?

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What happens when you serve a notice of unlawful detainer on a non-paying tenant and find out, to your dismay, that there are other people living there that aren’t on the lease? It might be the actual tenant’s boyfriend or girlfriend, or just someone that your tenant found on a Craigslist ad to split the rent. Unfortunately, this can complicate your situation. Here’s what you should know. If the non-tenants refuse to leave, you can’t throw them out. Read More»

How To Contest A Will: Three Steps To Get You Started

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Losing a loved one is a stressful situation; this time is made even more stressful when those left behind are faced with the disposition of the estate. If you feel that your loved one passed away and left behind an estate with disposition instructions that were not in keeping with how the estate should be divided, there are three things you can do to contest the will and get the estate sent through probate. Read More»

Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A Home

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Regardless of whether you are a first-time buyer or have purchased in the past, it is important to be careful when shopping for a new home. There are many missteps that can prove costly in the long run. If you are in the market for a new home, here are some mistakes to avoid and what steps you can take.  Failing to Research the Property Ideally, once you sign a purchase contract with the homeowner, everything will proceed smoothly until closing. Read More»