Rhode Island Real Estate Law Questions & Answers

Q: If two people own a home jointly and one completes a quit claim deed, can they still will that home to others?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Estate Planning for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 21, 2017
Vincent Gallo's answer
He no longer has an ownership in the real estate to "will" to anyone. You still own your share, however to do with as you see fit.

Q: Can a room with no closet be rented as a bedroom in Rhode Island?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 6, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Are you the renter or rentee?

Q: We own a timeshare deed for a very expensive water front property with Wyndham.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 2, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Caveat emptor ... "maintenance fees into the stratosphere" are not uncommon. There is now an emerging market to resell these "fractional ownership" interest though you will not likely recoup your total investment nor sunk costs. At least you should be able to sell it and stop the maintenance fees cntinuing into the stratosphere

Q: Seller agent is holding down payment on house due to an inflated quote of minor damage. How do you resolve this matter?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Aug 21, 2016
Neville Bedford's answer
Meet with an attorney to discuss the costs of litigating the issue. . . $1300 may seem like a bargain.

Q: My husband's sisters are trustees of the family trust. They have quick deeded the property to themselves as trustees

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 7, 2016
Neville Bedford's answer
It sounds like it is a perfect time for your husband to meet with, and retain, an attorney to advocate for his rights.

Q: Is it illegal to bury your deceased dog/cat on your property?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 7, 2016
Neville Bedford's answer
If you own the property, probably not. However, it would be prudent to check the ordinances for your particular town.

Q: Rhode Island fencing laws between backyards

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Oct 13, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
These are probably best found in the town ordinances. https://www.municode.com/library/ri

Q: Separated,looking to buy house in RI. Only my name on the mortgage and title.Would that be consider marital asset?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Aug 24, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
Talk to your attorney to ensure the asset is acquired in a manner that it shan't be deemed marital.

Q: If a party in a deed (fee simple condition subsequent) breaks a condition of the deed, what rights does that party?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Aug 24, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
Excellent question to review with your local real estate attorney with the deed in hand describing the condition subsequent and evidence of the breach along with documentation of all incidental and consequential damages including a careful review of all liquidated damages and specific performance clauses and conditions.

Q: $3000.00 penalty to the government for not living there. Is this true?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Aug 24, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
It depends on the federal law what the agreement you signed says. Bring that to your trusted local attorney and sort it out.

Or, review the contract and Federal Laws yourself http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/ECFR?page=browse

Q: My name is not on the mortgage or deed of a house my spouse owns. Am I responsible for the mortgage if he dies?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 20, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
If they receive the house in his will, they will take it as it is, with the mortgage. If you are still nervous, and he agrees, make an appointment to meet with an estate attorney with him to go over the will and the consequences should he predecease you.

Q: The state airport had a voluntarily residential buyout, now its eminent domain.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 12, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
Meet with an attorney and retain them to represent your interests. Eminent domain is not usually considered a suggestion.

Q: How do I add a beneficiary to the deed for my home?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 12, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
Meet with an attorney, and discuss the procedure/effects/benefits and risks of joint ownership. This may be what you need.

Q: What is the process for evicting a sibling from an estate home of which he is one third owner?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 12, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
This sounds like a situation that may be best addressed to the attorney representing the estate in the Probate court.

Q: What does it mean by real estate attachment for back excise tax from another city ?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 27, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
When you have a problem like this, it is best to see an attorney and consult with them to advise you. Bring all of the relevant paperwork to your meeting.

Q: In the sale of real estate in a guardianship situation, if court approves the sale, is there always an appeal period?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 27, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
When you have a problem like this, it is best to see a real estate and probate attorney and retain them to assist you.

Q: Can a Condominium Board in RI force unit owners to obtain their own home insurance policy at their own cost?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 27, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
When you have a problem like this, it is best to see an attorney to review the condominium documents and retain them to assist you.

Q: can I cancel a contract with a real estate co. within three business days

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 27, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
When you have a problem like this, it is best to see an attorney and engage them to assist you.

Q: house was foreclosed,it has been on zillow for over 6000 days,asking price is 250000.looking to pay as little as possibe

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 6, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
Many negotiations begin with the buyer saying something like "the most I will pay is the least you will take" and the Seller saying something along the lines of "The least I will take, is the most you will pay" that is where we get to what is called a "fair market price, what a willing buyer will pay a willing seller in an arms length transaction". There are professionals who counsel both buyers and sellers in these transactions on a daily basis. They are compensated by a percentage of the...

Q: If I had to give a month notice to my landlord,does it really matter when I should give it within the month.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 11, 2014
Neville Bedford's answer
30 days is reasonable notice in terminating a month to month tenancy. If your rent is due on the 1st then you should give notice on the last day of the month before you plan on leaving (at the end of the next month)

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