Property Law

Jewelry Theft and Fraud: How to Protect Your Valuables

November 17, 2013

(U.S. Law and generally) Jewelry is a favorite among thieves. It is easy to carry and easy to resell on the black market. You can easily transform jewelry into other pieces, and you can also disassemble it to sell to different buyers. The desire to steal jewelry has been around as long as jewelry itself. […]

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The Ins and Outs of Tapping Into Your Home Equity

November 15, 2013

During the housing crisis in 2008, it was often said that people were “using their house as an ATM” to fund extravagant lifestyles. What does it mean to use a house as an ATM? Below, I outline the basics of mortgage refinancing and the process of turning home equity into cash. Although this can lead […]

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Housing Valuation Company condemned by Supreme Court for overvalued properties

October 29, 2013

The Supreme Court in Spain condemns a Housin Valuation Company  for overvalued properties The First Chamber of the Supreme Court resolved a dispute concerning the liability of an appraisal company, compared to a financial institution, for damages resulting from a sobretasación of several properties on which mortgages were collateral for two loans, resulting in the value at […]

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4 Things to Know Before Selling a House With Asbestos

October 15, 2013

Selling a house is often a huge decision, but once a person makes that decision, they often stand to make a large amount of money. Unfortunately, selling a property isn’t always as easy as some people would hope. Some residences, for instance, actually still have asbestos contained within their walls. Anyone who hasn’t lived under […]

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What is adverse possession?

September 25, 2013

Adverse possession is terminology from property law that no real estate or landowner ever wants to have to get too familiar with. Adverse possession can be underway without a property owner even being aware of it and in extreme cases could result in the loss of the property. If you aren’t familiar with what adverse […]

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TITLE DEEDS IN SPANISH LAW

August 22, 2013

TITLE DEEDS IN SPANISH LAW The Title Deeds in Spanish Law                                    The Deeds are a public document notarized. In our law there are very few cases in which the deed is mandatory. There applies a general principle of freedom of form, but although the Deed is not required to grant a sale itself is very desirable […]

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Construction Site at Your House: What’s Your Liability if a Worker is Injured?

August 15, 2013

(US Law) When starting a new construction project, most homeowners consider the direct costs of the project and little else. Relatively few homeowners consider the potential liability in the event that a worker is injured on their property. Homeowners should consider such issues before hiring workers for their latest projects as a bit of preparation […]

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Advice for Leaseholders: Your Right to Manage Your Block

August 14, 2013

In the UK, long leaseholders (leaseholders with a lease originally granted for 21 years or more) can attempt to assume management responsibilities for the building they live in if they are dissatisfied with the performance of the freeholder. Leaseholders hoping to do this will first need to set up a ‘Right to Manage Company’ and […]

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Energy ratings put property owners in hot water!

August 14, 2013

Legislation in 2007/2008 saw the introduction of energy performance certificates (EPCs) which show the energy efficiency of a property and contain recommendations as to how that efficiency can be improved. An energy performance certificate is now required whenever a residential or commercial property is let or sold in England or Wales (subject to certain minimal […]

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Cameras in the frame following negative surveillance backlash

July 30, 2013

Despite the explosion in popularity of CCTV cameras in the UK by both public and private bodies, there are still few rules governing the use of these surveillance systems. This could all change however following a coalition Government report into their use; brought about by a recent surge in complaints regarding spying neighbours. The government […]

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