House Bill 534 has been proposed in the Ohio legislature which could result in significant changes in condominium operations in Ohio. The first part of the bill proposes an addendum to the Ohio Residential Property Disclosure Form required to be given by sellers of residential property. The addendum would be required for property subject to the condominium law and the planned community act. The seller would need to provide a copy of the association documents, a statement about the common assessments and any deed restrictions and a copy of financial information, such as the budget and the reserves and other financial statements. Continue reading
A continuing source of disputes between adjoining property owners revolves around trees and vegetation along the property line. In a recent case in Cuyahoga County one owner sued the adjacent owner for negligence, nuisance and trespass claiming that the neighbor’s trees encroach on his property depositing leaves, debris and sap causing damage to his property. The trial court denied any relief and the Court of Appeals upheld the trial court. With regard to negligence the court noted that a landowner is generally not responsible for losses caused by the natural condition of the land. Continue reading
Some landlords who own or manage many residential rental properties have a real estate attorney on staff or on retainer to handle lease negotiations, evictions, or other disputes that many arise. However, if you are a landlord who only owns or manages a small amount of rental properties, you probably do not have an attorney on retainer, and it is important to know when you should consult with one to answer your questions or provide legal services. Continue reading
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