Elaine Shay's answer Simply put, it depends. Once you have entered into a contract to purchase property, a seller cannot simply backout because a better offer comes along. However, the issue is at what point you have an accepted offer that results in a binding contract. To evaluate your specific situation, a lawyer would need to review the exchanges that took place and advise you accordingly.
Michael David Siegel's answer If you want to not pay rent for three months as a strategy, you can. You risk an eviction case being filed, but it will not likely be resolved in three months. But you would have to answer any summons.
Elaine Shay's answer Generally, the most appropriate forum to demand repairs in a landlord/tenant situation is in Housing Court through an HP Proceeding. It would be unusual, costly and most probably substantially slower to try to commence a case in Supreme Court to compel repairs.
Elaine Shay's answer Your first step is to speak with the attorney representing you in this transaction. He or she should be familiar with the terms of the contract you signed and should be able to explain to you any options in your contract that might allow you to take the course of action you would like to pursue.
Elaine Shay's answer It isn't clear what your question is but you are correct to be concerned about a possible adverse possession claim. There is a statute of limitations that can bar you from objecting to an encroachment on your property and by waiting before bringing an action against your neighbor you may lose your right to do so. The law does not protect those who sleep on their rights.
Elaine Shay's answer With proper disclosure a lawyer may be permitted to represent both the seller and buyer in a real estate transaction. However, that does not make it a good idea!!! Regardless of whether the sale is to a stranger or a family member independent counsel is recommended.
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