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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Construction Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: Can i sue the Civil engineer/Architect for fees paid if they fail to deliver the approved plans?

The plans by Civil Engineer and Architect have not been approved by the city as they do not meet codes. I have paid them in full and they are not making any attempts to rectify the issue. I would like to get back the fees I have paid and compensation for my wasted time. What practice area lawyer... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Sep 10, 2019

A trial attorney or litigator.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: Are condo owners allowed to attend HOA Executive Board meetings? Some Exec.Board members are refusing them admittance.

I was elected to the HOA Exec Board of a condo apartment building a year ago. In that time, other residents/owners in the building have requested to attend Board meetings, but other members of the Exec Board are refusing them admittance. Since they pay HOA fees and assessments when billed, it... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Sep 8, 2019

You need to review the bylaws of the HOA. They should say something about the meetings and who can attend.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: Hi how can I find out if my home has a lien on it

I'm trying to refinance my home bcuz of late taxes

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 27, 2019

go to you local court house and do a search, call your school district, local municipality and County and ask them if taxes are owed on your property.

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Q: I purchased my boyfriends grandmothers home from her estate using money from my retirement savings plan.

We put the house in his name for tax reasons. The plan was to add my name to the deed. We broke up and now he has the house. Is there anything I can do?

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 24, 2019

You are going to need to sue him.

Put together all the documents that show you paid for the home.

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Q: our neighbor wants to buy a portion of our lot we agreed on a price but I want to back out we have no written agreement.

we own a lot behind our house our neighbor wants to buy a portion of it, we agreed on a price but I want to back out can I back out without a legal problem. we do not have a written agreement

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 23, 2019

no but you risk them bringing a lawsuit against you. Land sale contracts Should be in writing.

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Q: If a seller lied on the seller disclosure form about serious material defect even though she sold property as- is

Property is shifted and water coming through the basement. Seller denied these on seller disclosure.what can the buyer? House was sold as- is

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 19, 2019

The house was sold as is - you can always try to bring a lawsuit but once the transaction is closed you’ll have a hard time trying to rescind the sale or get damages. It was sold as is for a reason.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: Can i be held Financially Responsible for Property Violations on a House that i Hold a Quit Claim on?

Quit Claim Deed with Ex Husband 2011. I have not lived there since 2006. Ex in Jail and will not be getting out anytime soon. House needs condemned is falling down and contaminated with meth. The Township (Millcreek) Erie, PA has contacted me said i could be held financially responsible for some... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 19, 2019

Yes you can be held responsible.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: I’m a Realtor. I want to advertise free uhaul rentals. Am I allowed?

I’m a Realtor. I want to start giving away free UHaul rentals for buyers/sellers. I want to use this to advertise on Social media. Do I need to disclose certain things or can I simply put “If you buy or sell with me you get a free uhaul rental”. I know there are some guidelines for giveaways... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 16, 2019

You need to talk to UHaul Cotporate first and explain this to them and get their ok.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Traffic Tickets and Small Claims for Pennsylvania on

Q: I was wondering if its harassment when I can't step outside my house without my neighbor calling the cops.?

So my neighbor has been causing me problems for some time now, telling the rest of my neighborhood and my small town that I cook meth and I am a drug addict and how I steal from every where, I believe she has gotten me evicted from my apartment although my landlord is trying to say its for non... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 14, 2019

You need to report uyour licesne plate stolen and you need to obtain a license plate.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Pennsylvania on

Q: I filed a eviction for non-payment of 2 months rent ,damages,and utility bills which were never payed. We go to court.

She reveals she left a few days ago and claims harassment from a third party phone call by a relative of mine. Which was news to me and sounded bad to be honest . The judge decides she doesn’t need to pay us back anything . But now that she has left there are unpaid ullity bills,the house is a... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 14, 2019

I would file the appeal. Also report her.

3 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: My grandmother died and left her land to her children they have not paid land tax for 5 years do I have rights if I pay

The land was willed to her children who are not paying the land is still in my grandmothers name

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 12, 2019

No. If you are not one of her children you do not have any rights.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on

Q: Couple I'm renting to are breaking up and one of them wants to leave. Who is the responsible party?

The problem is that the person who is leaving is the one that provided the security deposit. And I don't believe that the remaining person can afford the rent by themself. The lease expires at the end of the year. Who do I hold responsible? Who's security deposit am I holding?

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 9, 2019

What does your lease state? If they both signed the lease, they are both responsible.

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Q: If I do not have a renters license will I be able to evict a tenant for 2 months of unpaid rent?

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 7, 2019

In Pennsylvania you do not need a renters license.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: I have someone living in my house and they are 2 months behind in rent. If we never wrote a lease what do I do

She refused to leave

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 6, 2019

Send them an eviction notice. Once they have received the eviction notice you can file a complaint for possession and rent at your local magistrate.

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Q: I have property in Pike County Pa that I am trying to sell on Ebay. If it is sold, how do I transfer the deed?

1.1 acres of land in Masthope. Taxes and dues will be paid up to date, in full by me.

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 6, 2019

Contact an attorney in Pike County. He can assist you in preparing a deed to transfer the property.

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Q: House closed on July 22. 2 days ago, the basement flooded, foundation cracks were found estimating 15000 any recourse?

There was nothing disclosed by seller. I had 2 inspections.

Cost of repair is 15,000, not 1500.

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 6, 2019

There could be recourse however it may cost you more than $1500 to get your recourse.

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Landlord - Tenant and Probate for Pennsylvania on

Q: Mom just passed away. Left me and siblings each 1/3 of house. Oldest brother moved his g/f in, how do I get her out?

I am the youngest of us 3, and I am named the Executrix in my moms will. I can't meet with an Estate Attorney until August 13 and found out my brother moved his girlfriend into my moms house with him. (She has her own key) He thinks he is owed everything and has lived there scott free for 7... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 5, 2019

You need to retain a probate attorney in the County where the property is located. Then transfer the property from the estate to you and your 2 siblings. Then you can lease the property to your brother, voluntarily sell the property or file an action against your brother to sell the home and divide... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Pennsylvania on

Q: Do sidewalks in an HOA community, with main streets dedicated to the township, need to be ADA compliant?

I live in an HOA community where main streets are owned by the Township. I am responsible for maintaining the sidewalk in front of my property. Between the sidewalk and the street is a 4' strip of grass considered common area where the developer planted street trees. These trees are 15+ yrs old and... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 3, 2019

Yes you need to comply with the ADA

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on

Q: Send the copies of my passport and certificate of incorporation to potential investor ?

I am building my startup and I found an investor for my business (incorporated as LLC in PA, USA). Investor said that the deal will be done on the basis of equity financing. And now he is asking me to send the copies of my passport, certificate of incorporation, memorandum and articles of... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 23, 2019

The articles of incorporation, memorandum and articles he should be able to get himself from the Pa Corp Bureau.

Passport?? I would question this.

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