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Posted 11 months ago in Government Landlord & Tenant Traveling by Michele Bowman  
NYC Apartment Swapping Service Is Legal, Sort Of

Airbnb, one of many short-term apartment renting and swapping sites, scored a legal victory for one of its users with a New York City board finding that Nigel Warren did not violate city laws when he rented his apartment out for less than 30 days. But the opinion also shows how narrow the exception to those city laws is.   Who’s In There? Sites like Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, and Hailo allow users to find and rent apartments in big cities …

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Posted 11 months ago in Foreclosure Real Estate by Josh Crank  
Foreclosed Homes Overrun by Vampires, Zombies

The foreclosure crisis has turned many American neighborhoods into ghost towns, but a new report adds an even more terrifying twist: nearly half of foreclosed homes are occupied by vampires. That’s what real estate publisher RealtyTrac is calling them, at least. According to their figures, 47 percent of foreclosed, bank-owned homes still have the previous occupants living in them. These “vampire foreclosures” are often hard to distinguish from their neighbors because the people living inside tend to maintain the properties …

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Posted 11 months ago in Insurance Law Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
City Must Pay Residents $548,000 for Flood of Sewage

The city of Milwaukee must pay 129 residents for flooding that caused sewage backup during a storm in 2008. Some homeowners described sewage as shooting up from their toilets in their basements after heavy rain started. The residents argued that the reason for the flooding that damaged their homes was that the city did not grease the hinges of eight flap doors on the city’s sewers, causing rust and malfunctioning. The flaps are supposed to close if larger regional sewers …

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NYC Landlord Refuses to Add Same-Sex Spouse to Lease

Despite changes to state and city laws allowing gay marriage, some landlords in New York City are still illegally refusing to add same-sex spouses to leases.   Too Legit to Quit  The latest case involves a lawsuit filed on Oct. 2 by Lambda Legal on behalf of Dava Weinstein, 68, a licensed clinical social worker, and her partner of 37 years, Dorothy Calvani, 63, a geriatric nurse practitioner. They were married in 2011 in Iowa. When Weinstein asked her landlords …

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Newsbreak: Washing Machines Grow Mold [Video]

  Betsy Kim, editorial director of Lawyers.com, provides today’s Newsbreak for your house and home. If you get a check in the mail, no matter how small the amount – be careful before you cash it. A Brooklyn, N.Y., couple is suing the country’s largest subprime loan servicer, Ocwen, in federal court. They say Ocwen and financial company Cross Country Home Services send customers a $2.50 check that looks like a mortgage refund. But in small print homeowners are notified …

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