Since the 1800’s, Georgia has had laws on the books that protect skilled workers like masons and carpenters when it comes to getting paid for their work. The statute which allows materialmen to file a lien against real property in order to get paid (called a “mechanic’s” or “materialmen’s” lien), has undergone a number of […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Here’s One Way to Get Paid: Georgia’s Mechanics Liens
In the past few years, it has gotten harder and harder for homebuyers to qualify for a mortgage. Some financial advisors are predicting that borrowers with limited options may turn to less conventional financing options. Like what? Well, like a contract for deed. Contract for Deed Although not commonly recommended, a contract for deed is […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on What is a Contract for Deed?
Owning real estate comes with many rights. Unfortunately, however, not all a property owner’s rights are unfettered. Zoning regulations impose a number of restrictions on a person’s property. A Little Bit About Zoning Zoning laws can impose many restrictions on how property can be used. They also establish rules that must be followed, such as […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on A Quick Look at Zoning Laws and Your Property Rights
Construction defect claims make up a significant portion of all construction litigation. These claims can arise in any number of ways and can include myriad issues. In today’s post, however, we will take a look at 3 of the most common construction claims. 1. Acceleration Claims Most construction contracts have a number of dates in […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on 3 Common Construction Claims
In recent years, there has been a rise in the number of construction defect claims associated with many condominium projects. In today’s post we will touch on some of the more important aspects of a construction defect case. What is Construction Defect? Construction defect claims can arise out of a number of things like damage […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The House That Jack Built: An Overview of Construction Defects
When you fall in love with a property, or want to own a house so badly, you might jump at any deal you can get—even if (or, perhaps because) it sounds “too good to be true.” But before you sign your name to any document, be very careful. Mortgage fraud schemes come in many different […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Sound Too Good to be True? It Just Might Be a Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Real estate cases are fraught with conflict. There are disputes between landlords and tenants in both the residential and commercial sectors. Homeowners get into conflicts with their Homeowners’ Associations (HOA) over restrictions, fees and assessments while the purchase and sale of real property provides plenty of problems involving construction, leasing, subleasing, sales, and broker-client relationships, […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on A Little Good, a Little Bad: Arbitration of Real Estate Disputes
As a landlord, it can be very frustrating to have a tenant who is not paying rent but is still living in your rental property. You might be burning frustrated, but that doesn’t mean you can take matters into your own hands. Because in Georgia, using self-help to evict a tenant isn’t allowed. You Can’t […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Some Things You Just Can’t Do Yourself. Using Self-Help to Evict a Tenant in Georgia is One of Them
Being a landlord has its responsibilities, benefits, and frustrations. Evicting a tenant (or tenants) is one of the more unpleasant aspects of being a landlord. Eviction Basics A “dispossessory” (sometimes referred to as an “eviction” or “dispossessory proceeding”) is a legal action brought to evict a person from an apartment, house, condominium, or a room […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Basics on Evictions in Georgia and Dispossessory Affidavits
There were, and still are plenty of homes in Georgia that are being sold at foreclosure. For example, if a homeowner doesn’t pay his taxes, there is a risk that the home could go to tax sale. Likewise, if a member of a Homeowner’s Association (“HOA”) fails to pay his dues and/or any special assessments, […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Is Georgia an HOA “Super Lien” State?