An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Until you are able to reach a local attorney, you could start some self-help research by looking into state building codes (and local ones as well, if they address the issue). If such regulations or codes exist,...Read more »
I'm in the process of buying a piece of land and when looking over the aerial map and going out to the location it looks as though the existing neighbors has put a shed on the line if not over the property line. As a new owner can I say something about it?
I plan to build a business/home tax office in the later future. I wanted to know if that's legal to do before I commit to buying the land. I wanted to rent parking spaces just temp. to make money but that's only short term while I gather money to build home/business.
Behind our home there is a section of land that while researching turns out to be owned by the Illinois Department of Transportation. I think it was acquired decades ago for a road that was never built. Now that the lots were divided up and built on just this strip of land remains. Our house it the... Read more »
We were supposed to close on a home last week but night before close we are informed that the title company pulled the zoning certificate from the city and the home is zoned as a 3-unit building, not a single family home. The seller who purchased the home 10 years ago has a cert. that says... Read more »
It is not in your best interest to assume re-zoning will be "easy to do." In fact, they usually aren't very easy at all, and can end up costing a tremendous amount of money. That being the case, I certainly would not close until you have more details and costs surrounding the...Read more »
You are likely entitled to a remedy, but the best course of action is dependent on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the location of the apartment, and whether or not it is subject to the RLTO.
In any event, I recommend organizing everything in your possession relevant to...Read more »
Before you appeal to the local zoning board, check with your Condo Associations. Many condo associations do not allow for short rentals. Many require at least 12 months, if you wish to rent the Condo. It might be more difficult to work with Condo Association rather the local authorities.
There is no way to answer this question without knowing why the municipality is threatening to demolish your house, what their local ordinances provide and whether their local ordinances are appropriate under state law. The stakes are high, so you need to make an appointment with a local lawyer as...Read more »
The owner hasnt paid the taxes in 3 years and my family and I have been renting it the whole time. All to find out that the taxes are pass due and if not paid the property go to auction. Just trying to find out if i paid the taxes what will need to happen so i can take ownership
You may be able to obtain ownership to the property through adverse possession, but an attorney must have more information prior to advising whether or not this is a possibility. This is a very fact specific determination, so I recommend organizing all information relevant to this situation,...Read more »
It is possible that your neighbor has the right to obtain title to the 5 feet of your property through adverse possession, assuming all of the requirements for adverse possession in Illinois have been met. However, the requirements for adverse possession are a very technical, and fact specific...Read more »
We have owned the property for 1.5 yrs. Realtor said retaining wall not ours, but not in writing. No property lines are marked. Lady is threatening to sue. In our small town, lines are vague at best. We specifically asked about the wall when looking at the property, being we were not liable, we... Read more »
You can obtain a survey of the property, and consult with a real estate attorney to determine the best manner in which to move forward. A real estate attorney can also search public records and attempt to work a deal out with the neighbor, depending on the results of the survey/record search.
Our house is older on a main street in town. The person called and asked if they can come in and track a water line we said sure they drilled small hole and filled, but today they came out after me and wife left for work no warning and completely tore up 3/4 of our driveway as well as messed up... Read more »
The previous homeowner put a blacktop driveway approximately 14 feet over the property line. The driveway was put in at least 25 years ago. The adjacent property is owned by Madison County. They are now going to remove the blacktop driveway only because it is over the line. Do I have any... Read more »
There are a few different ways you can go about it, but it is impossible to provide a comprehensive answer to your question based on the limited facts provided. What is the improvement, and have you obtained a recent survey to know for certain it is on your property? In any event, I would...Read more »
If housing "Rules and Regulations" indicate a unit can only be occupied by a "family", what constitutes a "family"? Is a couple that co-habitates, in an established long term serious relationship, considered a "family"? Is a couple that is engaged... Read more »
If the term is not defined within the declaration or the bylaws that govern the association/unit, then the meaning of the term is open to interpretation. With that being said, I think both of the examples you provided were consistent with the intended meaning of the term "Family",...Read more »
The block I live on was recently rezoned as strictly residential. I'd had plans to convert my home into a second business (I'll be buying another house nearby to live in) but now I'm being told I can't do this because it'd be a nonconforming use prohibited by the new zoning... Read more »
Yes, there are several ways to fight it depending on the location. You can often challenge zoning by initiating a hearing with the Zoning Board of Appeals in the city in which the property is located. It can be highly technical, and there are several arguments that can be made, so I would...Read more »
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