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Eminent domain worries on the rise (access required)

There is mounting pressure from consumer groups and political leaders to bar attempts by local governments to use the power of eminent domain to take ownership of properties for purposes other than those originally targeted for use of this power.

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Mobilize to get rid of motor home (access required)

DEAR BENNY: I live in a freestanding house that is part of a homeowners association. We have a neighbor who parks a 32-foot motor home in four guest spaces just outside our fence, with permission of the manager, for 24 ...

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When breaking house rules is OK (access required)

DEAR BENNY: I manage a condominium property where a previous board of directors had put in the appendix that when changes are made to the rules, they must be submitted to the members for input prior to being passed and ...

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Pros and cons of annexing property (access required)

DEAR BENNY: Our double-lot property is at one end of an unincorporated island in the midst of a city of 13,000. The extra amount we pay for water/sewage surcharge and county trash pickup is currently about the same as what ...

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Don’t buy without contingencies (access required)

DEAR BENNY: I am in the midst of house hunting right now. Do you have an example of contingency language for financing and inspections that you have used in the past? We are about to make an offer and would ...

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