Category: Legal

I was dumb so give me my money back

10 April, 2009 (09:44) | Condominiums, Legal, New York City, US News | 1 comment

“I was dumb, so give me my money back.”   Okay, there’s more to these condo-buyers’ claims than simply that … but not much more.      Insolvency being the mother of creative litigating, as shown in this New York Times article, numerous buyers’ attorneys (who, one presumes, are not being paid contingently) have been […]

Negative equity: Part 3, what price farmland?

9 April, 2009 (15:03) | Legal, Local issues, Real estate taxes, Tenure, United Kingdom |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the previous Part 1.]   Let there always be an England!   In a story that proves there’ll always be an England, in Part 1 we met our plucky, ‘attractively disheveled’ English couple, as profiled in a Daily Mail article, who were being assessed the cost of repairing the chancel on […]

Negative equity: Part 2, the laches defense

8 April, 2009 (09:55) | Legal, Local issues, Real estate taxes, Tenure, United Kingdom |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   When we left our plucky, ‘attractively disheveled’ English couple, as profiled in a Daily Mail article, they were beset by a maintenance bill for the chancel of St. John the Baptist in Aston Cantlow, assessed by the local PCC, based upon a glebe claim that came as a complete […]

Negative equity: Part 1, glebe land

7 April, 2009 (10:18) | Legal, Local issues, Real estate taxes, Tenure, United Kingdom |

“Congratulations, you’ve inherited property.  That will cost you …”     Say what?   As I was flying from Boston to Stockholm via Heathrow, I chanced upon a Daily Mail article that opened up vistas of entertainment fodder:   Pay £500,000? God help us, say couple forced by a medieval law to foot the bill […]

The challenge of mold: Part 2, the liability

3 March, 2009 (10:42) | Environmental, Health, Homeownership, Legal, Mold, US News | 3 comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post on the challenge of mold in housing ended with Paul and Wendy Meng having decided to sue their home’s builder, Drees Company, because the whole family had got sick very shortly after moving in.    What six weeks in a moldy house can do to you   […]