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Redevelopment agency files suit to allow restaurant construction

In order to solve the problems associated with urban decay in Orange County, California, Redevelopment Agencies have been put into place. These agencies are responsible for implementing projects that will enhance cities and redevelop property that is currently less than desirable. A redevelopment agency typically has the power of eminent domain, to purchase real property and is not required to use bidding when it develops and sells property.

A redevelopment agency in Boston has filed a federal land use lawsuit in order to allow a restaurant to be built on Boston’s waterfront. In 2006, the agency gave a restaurateur the go ahead to build a $1 million, 4,655 square-foot restaurant on the waterfront. The plan was to give the man a 10-year lease that he could choose to extend. The lease would be $142,500 each year, but he would be given a credit of $60,000 a year for five years in order to help with the cost of construction.

After real estate dispute, city settles with nonprofit

When a real estate contract is signed, those parties who have entered into the agreement expect that the terms will be honored and held up. In fact, sometimes they put their whole livelihood on those contracts. Therefore when one side drops his or her end of the bargain, it can create huge problems for the other party and can have devastating effects.

This is the case for a real estate dispute between a nonprofit organization and the Municipality of Anchorage. The nonprofit sued the city after the city stopped making payments on a piece of property they were using on the nonprofit’s ski area.

Resident crusades for zoning law changes to allow chickens

Each city located in Orange County, California, has its own planning commission that sets forth laws regarding what is and isn’t allowed on certain types of properties in the city. These zoning laws can vary a great deal from city to city, so residents should be aware of the laws they are required to abide by in their city.

A woman is trying to get zoning laws in her hometown of Dana Point, California, amended so that residents will once again be allowed to keep chickens on their pieces of residential real estate, something that was allowed prior to 1994. She has started a petition to get the code changed and has already gotten around 300 signatures in support of her cause.

Property dispute leads to death of neighbor

It is no secret that disputes over property lines in Orange County, California can quickly become ugly. This may be due in part to the fact that people view their homes as their sanctuaries and as places they can retreat to at the end of the day to spend time with their family and friends. Any intrusion on that sanctuary may be viewed as a personal threat. Property disputes can occur for a variety of reasons including a neighbor going back on an agreement, fences, property lines, trees or other plants and invasion of privacy. These disputes are not something that should be taken lightly. If left alone, they can lead to bigger problems, including threats and acts of violence and bullying behaviors.

This seems to be the case for a property dispute between two California neighbors. A 62-year-old man claims his 56-year-old neighbor was upset at him for cutting down trees and ruining his view, so the neighbor started intimidating, bullying and using foul language at the man. The feud came to a head on March 28, 2013 when the man brought two workers to his property to cut bushes. As the neighbor approached, the man allegedly shot him in the abdomen and head, killing him.

Property owners sue real estate developer

When real estate developers sign contracts in which they make promises to potential buyers in Orange County, California, they are obligated to fulfill those promises. If they do not, the new property owner may be entitled to legal recourse against the developer.

Property owners who claim that a real estate developer did not fulfill its end of a bargain filed a real estate development dispute lawsuit against the company. The property owners said that the developer did not fulfill its promises to build amenities that were promised and failed to build up infrastructure in the area. This presumably left property owners without the basic organization and development that they believed they would be getting when they bought the property.

Call for changes to California foreclosure registry

Even though the mortgage crisis in California seems to have come to an end, there are still a great deal of foreclosed homes across the state. In Los Angeles alone there are 4,300 properties listed on the foreclosure registry, though experts believe the actual number of foreclosed homes may be much larger.

The foreclosure registry was established during the mortgage crisis with the goal of reducing the cost to the city of cleaning up, providing police and fire services and code enforcement for foreclosed properties. A study conducted three years ago by the California Reinvestment Coalition and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment found that the city of Los Angeles paid about $6,000 for these services on every foreclosed home. Over the course of four years, nearly 200,000 foreclosures added up to a bill of $1.2 billion for the city of Los Angeles.

Real estate developer sues Mark Zuckerberg for breach of contract

When a real estate deal is made in Los Angeles, California and then later that deal is broken, the person or party who was negatively affected may wish to take legal action. This is the case for a real estate developer who sold his legal right to a property he had planned to purchase in exchange for a promise from the buyer to help him get other deals.

The real estate developer had made an offer that was accepted on a piece or residential real estate behind the Palo Alto home of Facebook cofounder Mark Zuckerberg. The developer then went to Zuckerberg and offered to sell part of the property to him. Zuckerberg offered to buy the developer’s legal right to the entire property instead so that he could have the whole lot. He offered the developer $1.7 million for his rights to the property. At first the developer was hesitant, but he agreed to the deal when Zuckerberg told him he would help him secure other deals with his connections.

Wild animal case dismissed against property owner

When a person is injured by a wild animal on private property in Orange County, California, the property owner may or may not be held liable depending on if they were negligent. Property owners must exercise reasonable care to all those who use their property. In cases where the wild animals are kept as pets, special permits must be obtained and the property owner must abide by certain guidelines to ensure the safety of themselves and their neighbors.

A couple in Mississippi filed a lawsuit against their neighbor for introducing alligators onto their property. The couple said that as they started to clear land in preparation for building their home, they found the area was crawling with alligators. They claim that their neighbor, a waste site owned by Exxon Mobil Corporation, introduced the alligators to the area.

Man sues neighbor for encroaching on his property

When two neighbors in Orange County, California have a disagreement about where their property line lies, it can turn ugly fast. Knowing the location of your residential real estate property line is particularly important when putting up a fence or other structure to ensure that you are not encroaching on each other’s’ land. The exact location of property lines can be determined with a variety of ways including information from your municipality’s recorder’s or assessor’s office, your deed or your property survey. If you do not have a property survey, you may wish to hire a professional surveyor to come to your property to measure and mark the corners with stakes.

A couple’s property dispute with a neighbor became so bad, that they moved to another city just to get away after living there for over 50 years. The man says that he gave his neighbor permission to construct a driveway that came about two feet onto his property. From there, she also built a carport and shed without a permit. The neighbor claims that the man has just forgotten where the property line is.

Property owner sued for closing road to California beach

In order to conserve and protect California’s 1,100 miles of coastline, the California Coastal Act was passed in 1976. This act determined that the public would have access to California’s shoreline. The law states that the public has the right to access sand below the mean high tide line. What this basically means is that the public can be on damp or wet sand, but may not have the right to be on sand that is dry.

A wealthy technology mogul is in hot water after he allegedly denied public access to a stretch of California coastline. The billionaire bought property near the beach in 2008. In a civil real estate dispute, the man is blamed for closing the only way to access a beach that used to be a popular spot in Northern California. With the road closing, the only way for the public to get to the beach is from the ocean.

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