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Can neighbors create an HOA to fight existing deed restrictions?

Visitor Question: I live on a street that was once land owned by a family that lives nearby. When they created the lots, they attached sweeping deed restrictions

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Neighborhood commercial to commercial zoning

Visitor Question: Without any notice, the township rezoned us from neighborhood commercial to straight commercial. We found out because of our tax increase.

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Code enforcement entered home

Visitor Question: I live in Flint Michigan. Code enforcement entered my home, threw back the door, then took pictures of my home to use as evidence. My

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Grandfather Clause Permitting Outdoor Storage of Fertilizers

Visitor Question: The business next to mine is claiming they can store Milorganite, fertilizers and the like outside under tarps because of a grandfather

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Adverse Possession or Easement Road

Visitor Question: A paved road extends from two city public streets across a privately owned lot which has been used by the public, police, fire and utility

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Best way to identify community needs quickly

Visitor Question: I am volunteering to help a local church reach out to its surrounding community and open its doors and 40,000 square feet of unused space

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Can a town enforce deed restrictions

Visitor Question: Our town in New Hampshire has a Land Use Ordinance regarding RVs that reads: One recreational vehicle (RV) of any size may be parked

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Buying out of covered boat dock restriction

Visitor Question: I have purchased lake property. The owner placed a deed restriction on the parcel I bought. He sold the two parcels on either side

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Density credit assignment

Visitor Question: I have been living in my home for 4 years. This lady shows up wanting me to sign some legal paperwork release of covenant and density

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Is business community development consultant a good option

Visitor Question: Hi there. I have completed my degree in community development studies some 4 years back. However I have not managed as yet to find suitable

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Can we be forced to stop renting through Airbnb

Visitor Question: We just received a warning to stop doing short term rentals. To cut a long story short, my husband was involved in a bad accident a few

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Minimum hours of operation in commercial zone

Visitor Question: I live in a town that has a lot of vacant buildings in the historic downtown core. It is zoned commercial but because rents are so low,

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Homeowners rights with code enforcement

Visitor Question: I live in North Miami and I have this code officer harassing me because of a code violation report to them by a mysterious resident.

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How to stop a variance

Visitor Question: My town has been underhanded about a piece of property that the Catholic Church owns and now wants to profit off this land by building

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Pool Violation Allowed to Continue

Visitor Question: My neighbor had his pool cage destroyed by Hurricane Irma and has not rebuilt it. He has received a violation and a notice to appear.

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