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Here are the most recent important changes to our website, including new articles, visitor questions, and editors' answers. You'll also find links to significantly revised pages and time-sensitive or short items we want to bring to your attention. Sometimes we also add short items of interest, especially time-sensitive notes about conferences, webinars, or seasons.

Building setbacks

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Percentage of home owners needed to extend restrictions

Visitor Question: I live in a deed restricted neighborhood. In Florida what is the lowest percentage of owners needed to extend the restrictions? Ours

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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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A Night Mayor Helps a City Promote Great Nightlife and Address Issues

A night mayor is a city or downtown association employee who improves both the employment and recreational aspects of a city after dark. We explain advantages.

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An Innovation District Develops Leading-Edge Businesses

An innovation district consciously creates cross-pollination among start-ups, existing businesses, and higher ed, while featuring attractive employee amenities.

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Zoning of house not disclosed

Visitor Question: I found out after I closed on my house that it is in a zone for redevelopment. It was never disclosed. Do I have any recourse? I never

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How to get more fixed income housing built

Visitor Question: My mom, Edith Metzger Booser, organized a team in Middletown PA which succeeded in changing a junk yard into a lovely high-rise apartment

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Restrictions Not Listed in Deeds for Last 30 Years

Visitor Question: Our planned community had a land owner who filed for plats and recorded covenants and restrictions that govern the property. This happened

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Unknowingly purchased a rental home with a deed restriction

Visitor Question: I purchased a home that I was using as a rental with cash. Everyone knew I was an investor and how this house was going to be used.

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Management company hired by HOA did not respond

Visitor Question: We purchased a new home with CCRs. We sent a certified letter to the HOA company asking for a waiver on the jet ski being parked in the

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How to add deed restrictions

Visitor Question: How can we add restrictions? Editors Reply: Generally speaking, the process should be deciding exactly what you think you want to add,

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Building whatever I want

Visitor Question: If I own a property with no deed restrictions, could I build whatever I want on the property? Or if it was a yurt in Florida would that

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Fewer homeowners and tenants are keeping up homes

Visitor Question: I live in Spokane, WA. I am new here and find this city has a lot of people who are neglecting their landscapes and houses in once very

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Permitted Uses on Nonprofit Property

Visitor Question: Our nonprofit owns and is located on property that was formerly charter school property. Initially, the land was zoned with a special

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Grandfathered housing development zoning

Visitor Question: Does the owner have any legal problems if his density is more than the R-3 zoning? The owner wants to rezone his property to R-4 to match

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