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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Construction Law, Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Can I file a law suit for discrimination, harassment and mental anguish against my home association board members!

The president and other board members of my home association conjured to propose penalties against me. They are prejudicially and selectively isolating and discriminating against me based on my race, creed, and national origin. They conspired to create and to apply fictitious rules and false... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Oct 28, 2021

Sounds like you need a good lawyer.

Start by looking for good civil rights attorneys; there are many good ones between Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Do a Google search and then start calling and talking to as many as you can until you find someone who indicates s/he can...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Construction Law for New York on
Q: I asked a question regarding legal living space before but I think I left put some details

I am closing in the sale of my home. I work at the town office in the assessing department and so I am familiar with glitches that can happen with open permits etc. I am selling a Victorian home built in 1890 which has an unheated attic with sheetrocked walls and newer windows. The attic was this... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Oct 27, 2021

I have not seen your contract or listing. There is likely nothing wrong with an attic with no windows if it is not a living space. If the contract or listing represented that it was a living space, that is your problem. It is not the house that is in violation. It is the way you are using it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Construction Law for New York on
Q: I am looking for case law on disputes between homeowners and building departments in NY

My attic has sheet rock but is unheated. my town building department is calling it a "violation" because it has no "egress window" we are at the zero hour of closing the sale of the house and are being held up by this violation. I have been told unheated space cannot be called... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Oct 27, 2021

Unheated space cannot be living space. The issue is the fault of your lawyer when you bought the house, your broker who listed it now as a "living space", and your lawyer who allowed this issue to fester until closing. While it is sometimes reasonable to overlook these issues at a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Estate Planning, Construction Law and Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: In Eatonville FL, we need to know if there are exceptions for Code of Ordinances, sec. 60.77, such as noise or privacy.

We live in a corner lot, and we would like to build a 6 foot fence on the property perimeter. We'd like to know how far can we take the fence to the line property, and if we can consider one of the "fronts" of a corner property as a "side". Only the "main"... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Oct 26, 2021

The Eatonville Code of Ordinances is here:

A brief review of it doesn't reveal any problem with what you want to do, but of course you should contact the Planning Department and get a permit. They should be able to guide you.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Michigan on
Q: Sub-contractor billing me for more than verbal quoted price

Sub-contractor gave a verbal price which I agreed too but told him to send me a written estimate. He went ahead and did the job without sending a written estimate. The invoice he sent is way more. I refused to pay and now he has an attorney threating a lien against the homeowner and lawsuit... Read more »

Frederick A. Lurie
Frederick A. Lurie answered on Oct 15, 2021

Next time get it in writing. Ask for time and material records to see if the records come close in value to the sub's claim.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Contracts and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: So I hired a contractor to build a pergola on my patio. I paid the down payment of $3775.00 and no work what can I do?

After 2 different reschedules, no show no call on the third reschedule. I had to track down information and I find out the owner was closing business financial problems this was on August 30. I have yet not received any paperwork from a lawyer stating he has filed bankruptcy. I went and file... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Oct 7, 2021

There is no time limit on filing bankruptcy. He could wait years to do it, if he ever even files. There is, however, a time limit on you filing a civil suit against him for breach of contract and fraud. If you were to sue him in the county where the work was performed you would have to file the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Construction Law for Florida on
Q: My inhearents is being stolen and iam the admenstator and my daughter is not allowing me to do my job amd is keepung an
Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro answered on Oct 7, 2021

This is not a criminal law case. It appears that if there is an inheritance and you are the administrator of the estate…you are the one that controls the distribution and management of the assets. How is your daughter keeping you from doing what you need to?

Doesn’t make sense…

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Construction Law for Louisiana on
Q: A signed a contingency contract with 2 different contractors to do repairs after hurricane IDA . Will both be binding?

Does the first signed contract negate the second. Are will I be held to both ? What are my rights to cancel in Louisiana ?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Oct 6, 2021

More information to properly answer this question is needed and most likely a proper answer can only be provided if one were to review both contracts. If this the situation where the same parties wrote up 1 contract and then agreed to write up a 2nd contract? Or is the property owner party to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law, Construction Law and Environmental for Indiana on
Q: I have mold in my house making me and my kids sick what is the landlord's obligations and there's no lease involved here

Also have electrical wiring issues no sink I moved in here with feces on the walls and floor and no floor in the kitchen old plumbing is really messed up septic is backed up

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 30, 2021

An Indiana attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks, and you express some immediate concerns about the safety and welfare of your family. One option here is to repost your question and include Landlord-Tenant as a category. Although all your category selections make... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Idaho on
Q: Where can I get a template for filing my suit?

I need to file suit against a general contractor who failed to complete the job despite being paid.

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers answered on Sep 29, 2021

I am a practicing member of the Idaho State Bar, my friend and have multiple lawsuits I can reference pleadings for if I need to. However, a "Template?" I'm sorry, no set of facts are the same; and, even the Rules of Civil Procedure have changed, just since my last suit. So, it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can I get my money back if the contractor didn't finish the job and caused more problems than the original situation?

Because of his negligence, the job has to be redone

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Sep 28, 2021

Yes, it is possible to receive your money back and even be awarded treble (ie 3x the amount of damage sustained) damages and attorney's fees. NJ has very strict rules governing home improvement contracts. The best advise is to seek legal advise from someone familiar with home improvement litigation.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Construction Law, Intellectual Property and Small Claims for California on
Q: What is the law regarding replacing sentimental property that is damaged in the state of California

I had a leak in my ceiling in the apartment I rent. They rushed me out put me in another apartment but they damaged a lot of my property and a lot of it with sentimental value including an airplane propeller that my ex-boyfriend UPS to me when I got my bachelor's degree from flight school he... Read more »

Jonathon Maddox
Jonathon Maddox answered on Sep 22, 2021

This would not be an intellectual property question, but there's not really a law in regards to this. This would be more appropriately a question for the insurance company that was used to fix the ceiling. As far as I know though, most insurance companies don't give any additional value... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can a 17 year old in PA. work in construction? Are their any job limitations to what they can do? Thank you

Can they climb scaffold, use power tools, mix concrete?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 17, 2021

17 year olds can work doing some jobs. Not scaffolds, not mixing concrete under some readings of the federal law.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Contracts for Virginia on
Q: Pool install-can we withhold final pymt until PROJECT completion without penalty? Contract says on concrete completion.

Contract states Final due on concrete Completion but we are getting paver coping instead of concrete. Still a huge piece of the project to be finished. Don’t feel it’s fair to give full payment with a large piece unfinished and unscheduled.

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Sep 15, 2021

Contractually, you're likely obligated to make the payment. However, you may be able to renegotiate on your own or with the help of an attorney for different milestones and payments. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help if you decide to hire a lawyer. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Real Estate Law for Georgia on
Q: what should i do if a contractor place a lien on my home?

i do owe the money but i have two problem the contractor damage over 20k of my furniture and the Mortgage company is hold the final payment because of 3500.00 they are billing for work not done.

Michael D. Birchmore
Michael D. Birchmore answered on Sep 13, 2021

For you to get anywhere you want to be, you are going to need an attorney. Mention the term "Materialman's Lien."

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Contracts for New York on
Q: Is a hand written contract to terminate another contract legally binding?

I had a contract with a home builder to build a house but things went bad. I asked to walk away and the builder agreed to terminate the contract in exchange for some money which I paid. We didn’t use a attorney but wrote up a simple agreement and signed it. Am I clear of the builder’s contract now?

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Sep 13, 2021

Depends on what you signed. The concept that a handwritten amendment can modify a preprinted form is true.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Construction Law, Insurance Bad Faith and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Im victim of arson .fire happen august 2019, fire coming from one of the unit 3rd floor causing the whole building total

Total lost ,is been 2 years now the condo 70% done sudenly there 2 things hapend our porsonal insurance says we have to move out of tenporaly housing.and the unit that cause fire lawyer text us about how much amount that they(farmers) owe us. I dont want answer i need advice

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 7, 2021

An Oregon attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. I'm sorry for your ordeal and the loss of your home to fire. When you say you want advice, not answer, you may need to consider a consult with an attorney (if you don't have one already, where the attorney... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Construction Law, Criminal Law and Environmental for Oklahoma on
Q: What is the law about distance of a dispensary to a baseball field in Oklahoma?

Distance of baseball field to dispensary

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 7, 2021

There is not one. The limitation is in reference to a public or private school, so unless this baseball field is on school property, then there is no restriction currently.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can I sue my builder for not repairing the stairs before closing? He refuses to redo the stairs and seed the acre like

The contract states. He says it was seeded but me or my realtor do not see it was done. The stairs were not properly stained. How can I sue him. It took him 13 months to finish our build.

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Sep 2, 2021

Without reading the contract, I cannot give you specific advice, but it does sound like you have a case, call a local lawyer and see if you can set up a consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Construction Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: I did some concrete work for a contractor and he says the home owner is refusing to pay. How do I get my money ?

Contractor says I need to file a lien on the homeowner but I’m not sure who is responsible when generally I’d be paid by the contractor.

James A. Greer
James A. Greer answered on Aug 27, 2021

Dear Unpaid Subcontractor: Your options for getting paid are two-fold: (A) a breach of contract claim against the General Contractor and/or (B) a mechanic's lien processing against the Homeowner. Clearly, you are not "required" to pursue the Homeowner (as intimated by the GC)... Read more »

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