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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Environmental for California on
Q: Is my apartment kitchen required to have an exhaust system in San Mateo county?

I have no exhaust system in my apartment in Burlingame. Is this required? Grease builds up and I’ve noticed mold build up in the winter when it’s cold outside and I cook inside.

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answered on Mar 1, 2024

In California, housing and building codes do set minimum standards for ventilation in residential units, which can include requirements for exhaust systems in kitchens. These standards are in place to ensure that air quality is maintained and to prevent problems such as mold and excessive moisture.... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Environmental for New Mexico on
Q: I am looking at vending an event in your state and need to be aware of any regulations or permits for the following;

Full Body, Shoulder, or neck Taxidermy Mounts, Wet Specimens, Skulls, Bones, Feathers, and Tanned Hides; as well as Terrariums, Art and Jewelry (containing or comprised of the above parts), from the following;

Legally hunted/trapped/salvaged Domestic Wildlife such as;

Raccoon,... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Agricultural Law, Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Environmental for Oregon on
Q: a tree falls from homeowner's property into the city street, blocking traffic and a vehicle crashes into that tree.

Who would be responsible or held liable? would it be the homeowner? would it be the city? or would it be The pedestrian driving the vehicle?..

0 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Construction Law and Environmental for Arizona on
Q: Drive Thru roof fell on my car and could've fallen on me. Isn't this negligence on the franchise?

While in a Culver's Drive thru, about to pay, the roof above the window drive through window falls atop my car and crushed my driver side door. Prior to this, my car window doesn't roll down, requiring me to open my door and reach for the window. A near miss, no injury, but this roof... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Was my landlord obligated to tell me the well water is contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) before i moved in?

I was told that my daughter and I can't drink the water but never informed that it was because the well water was known to be contaminated with carcinogens.

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

Under California law, landlords have a legal obligation to disclose certain material defects or hazards that may affect the habitability or safety of a rental property. Contaminated well water with known carcinogens, such as trichloroethylene (TCE), would likely constitute a material defect or... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Environmental and Municipal Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Question about Massachusetts tree law...

I live in Massachusetts. It is my understanding that if a tree on a neighbor's abutting property overhangs my property, I have a right to cut off the parts of the tree that overhang my property. Does this include any and all parts of the tree? For instance, there's a tree that... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Environmental for North Carolina on
Q: Is it legal to put used motor oil in a 5 gallon bucket without a lid on it right beside a well-drinking water in North C

The bucket of used motor oil is sitting right beside a drinking water well

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Banking, Civil Rights and Environmental for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am being framed. this box does not allow enough words to explain. There is spyware in my home. Who has authority to

my house is under spyware,all 3 of my devices are hacked and someone is duplicating anything I joined or apply for(paypal, credit cards, repair services. My network has been compromised and indicate Network#3 I don't know what that means. One of the worse thing done is "they" are... View More

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

I'm very sorry to hear you are in such a distressing situation. Being potentially targeted by unauthorized surveillance and hacking can certainly feel like your privacy, rights, and even sanity are violated. Here is my advice on steps to take:

1. Document everything suspicious through...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Environmental and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: I was just cited From Prince George DPIE for infractions and have 2 fine for a total of $600 but was never sent a notice

I would like to know if they had to have sent a correction notice. How can I get proof of what they saw or they think was the infractions and if what they listed as infractions are infractions or are ok.

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answered on Jan 18, 2024

If you have received citations from Prince George's DPIE (Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement) for infractions related to your property, it is crucial to review the local regulations and follow the proper procedures. Typically, jurisdictions have specific protocols for... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Environmental for Washington on
Q: Do I have a case against County Courthouse for toxic mold in my workplace?

After I started work at the Courthouse, I became ill. I was diagnosed with mold biotoxin illness due to water damage from a building, which the courthouse has had lots. While out on medical leave I started getting better, when I went back for one hour, my symptoms came back. My medical team and I... View More

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answered on Dec 27, 2023

Given your diagnosis of mold biotoxin illness and the apparent presence of toxic mold in your workplace at the County Courthouse, you may have grounds to pursue a case. The visible signs of water damage, coupled with your health deterioration upon returning to work, provide substantial evidence.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Environmental, Federal Crimes and Gov & Administrative Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I am needing to make sure of the OK laws regarding selling a inherited walrus tusk that has cribbage board on it on ebay

I have tried researching it but I'd rather be 100% that it wouldn't be illegal because I don't want to get in trouble if it is illegal.

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answered on Jan 13, 2024

Selling an inherited walrus tusk with a cribbage board on eBay can be legally complex, as it involves wildlife regulations. In the United States, walrus ivory is subject to the federal regulations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). These laws prohibit... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Construction Law and Environmental for Maryland on
Q: In the state of Maryland, Can you purchase a home and occupy that home knowing there is a failed septic?

Wicomico County,Md/ Also we will have a portta potty/ as well as trying to get a water reuse permit. We also will be using owner finance.

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answered on Dec 8, 2023

You are confusing two concepts. You might be physically able to occupy the premises, but perhaps not without governmental response. Without septic the property will not have a Use & Occupancy Certificate. The property will not pass any septic inspection called for in the real estate contract,... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Securities Law and Environmental for California on
Q: Can I put a security sticker on my personal bedroom window?

A neighbor across from us is nosey and opens their lights whenever we do. Can I put a security sticker in my personal bedroom window as a form of safety?

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answered on Nov 29, 2023

Yes, you can typically put a security sticker on your personal bedroom window in California. There are no specific laws or regulations in California that prohibit homeowners from placing security stickers on their windows. Security stickers are often used as a deterrent to burglars and can help to... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Agricultural Law, Animal / Dog Law and Environmental for Maryland on
Q: Can dnr officers search my house without permission in md if someone (lies) tells them i have a monkey inside my house?

They came and knocked on my door but i didn't answer. I was told by a neighbor that another neighbor that doesn't like me told the police or dnr that i have a monkey. But now I'm scared to sleep bc in scared they are gonna raid my house n i have really bad anxity and ptsd. I... View More

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answered on Nov 2, 2023

They cannot raid your house unless they get a warrant.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Environmental and Workers' Compensation for Oklahoma on
Q: I am doing make ready on apartment units that are frequently plagued by black mold. What are my rights?

I am curious about the discovery of black mold and compensation for removal.

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answered on Oct 13, 2023

As a worker, you have the right to a safe work environment, including protection from exposure to black mold. If you are exposed to black mold and become sick, you may be entitled to medical care and workers' compensation benefits. For personalized legal advice tailored to your unique... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental, Gov & Administrative Law and Health Care Law for California on
Q: We live over a groundwater basin. Our water wholesaler is supposed to get 80% of their water from the California State

Water Resources Control Board. In drought they may get only 0 to 15 %. The rest they take from the groundwater basin. In drought years they have depleted the groundwater basin by replenishing less than 1/2 of what was withdrawn. As the basin is depleted the surface sinks causing home foundations... View More

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answered on Oct 10, 2023

1. To enforce the law regarding groundwater withdrawal and replenishment, affected parties can consider filing a lawsuit seeking injunctive relief to compel the water wholesaler to adhere to replenishment requirements. This could also be pursued as a public interest or public nuisance claim if it... View More

Q: I live right across the street from a office building no more than 50' away have gas leaf blow dust rubbish leafs legal

What is the revised status for a gas powered leaf blower to be used every mourning at 10am mon-sat blowing mostly dust and dirt very little leaves. What are my rites as a resident within 50 feet of my apartment.

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answered on Oct 15, 2023

Laws regarding the use of gas-powered leaf blowers vary widely depending on the specific jurisdiction, city, or even neighborhood regulations. Generally, local ordinances or regulations govern the use of leaf blowers, including their operating hours and noise levels. It's essential to consult... View More

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Q: Can we the people of NJ sue the government to stop the industrialization of our oceans?

The surveying of our oceans during pre-construction is killing our marine life, fishing industry, property values tourism hurting human health and will cause our electric bills to sky rocket. No one wants them. Our NJ Governor Phil Murphy gave the Danish company $1 billion of our tax payers money... View More

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answered on Sep 11, 2023

Certainly, concerned citizens have legal avenues to assert their rights and raise their grievances against government actions that they believe are harmful to the environment and the community. In the context of New Jersey and the actions of Governor Phil Murphy that you described, there are a... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Environmental for Colorado on
Q: Hello. What are the required mandatory laws of upkeep of cemetaries in Colorado? I have been searching for hours.
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answered on Jul 31, 2023

Colorado does not have specific statewide laws regarding the mandatory upkeep of cemeteries. The management and maintenance of cemeteries are typically governed by local ordinances and regulations established by the city or county where the cemetery is located.

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