Maryland Land Use & Zoning Questions & Answers

Q: If someone park their car in front of ur house what can I do the car been their for three days

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning for Maryland on
Answered on Aug 28, 2018
Mark Oakley's answer
If it's legally parked on a public street, there's nothing you can do in the absence of a specific local ordinance that prohibits vehicles from remaining in place without moving for a specified period time. If the tags are expired or you have other reason to believe the vehicle is abandoned, then you can report the vehicle to police.

Q: Are remedies available for home owner to stop storm drainage from grading of property for new construction?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Maryland on
Answered on Jun 30, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
Your best approach is probably a lawsuit for nuisance against the developer. It is a complex area of law, and it will require expert testimony and legal fees, but, if you can show actual, pecuniary damages, you will be protecting your property and may get repaid. If the county refuses to cite the developer, then you have their answer on whether they are going to help you. This is not uncommon in development law. Often, developers have lobbied the county officials well and feel protected by the...

Q: can we have our $10k lot premium fee refunded?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Construction Law and Land Use & Zoning for Maryland on
Answered on Mar 19, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
You posted this as a Maryland question, but you appear to be from Virginia. I've handled cases of this type in both states, and the remedies are different. Either way, you are looking for a remedy of much more than the $10,000 lot premium if this was a violation of the Maryland or Virginia Consumer Protection Act. In Maryland, you potentially get damages and attorneys fees. In Virginia, it is much more likely to get treble damages, as well. You should set up a consult with a real estate lawyer...

Q: We settled on the sale of my moms house on 1/2/18. Signed all docs, collected funds and thought that was it.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Answered on Mar 9, 2018
Mark Oakley's answer
The tax was imposed against the property in 1985, so you cannot blame the settlement company for the tax. As sellers, it is also your obligation to transfer the property free and clear of all past due taxes and liens, which having failed to do, you are in breach and the buyers can sue to rescind the purchase or demand that you reimburse them for having to pay the tax lien. The buyers also have recourse against their title insurer who wrote the title insurance police, which is on the hook to...

Q: Mobile home parked on private property without permission refuses to move

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning for Maryland on
Answered on Mar 4, 2018
Mark Oakley's answer
Give written notice to get off property or deemed trespassing, give a deadline, then call police.

Q: If I want to build a shed that I can hang out in but not live in, do I need permits or any other fees or permissions.

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning for Maryland on
Answered on Jan 29, 2018
Cedulie Renee Laumann's answer
The rules vary from county to county - the county code will have details on when a building permit is required, or you could call the office of building inspections and permits in the county where your property is located.

Q: Hello, I have a neighbor that hasn't lived in her home turnover 10 years, it is falling apart and houses poisonous snake

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Maryland on
Answered on Dec 11, 2017
Cedulie Renee Laumann's answer
If a home is "falling apart" and housing animals or conditions hazardous to health, a neighbor can contact the local health department and ask them to investigate code violations. A private citizen does not have the power to condemn a property but they can file a complaint with the appropriate governmental office.

One cannot get ownership of someone else's property, whether occupied or vacant, without some kind of legal entitlement. Simply mowing the lawn for 3 years would not meet...

Q: I Have a Property and The Neighbor Trees are Hanging All Over My Side, Driveway, Roof. window,etc. What can i do??

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Answered on Dec 26, 2016
Thomas C. Valkenet's answer
It is the law of Maryland that you may cut and trim anything hanging over your property line. Anything further will require negotiation with the neighbor, or a court action for nuisance.

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