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Resident injured while signing lease agreement sues housing authority

As many commercial real estate property owners in the state of Michigan are already aware, there are certain legal responsibilities that you must adhere to by state law. One such responsibility is that of providing a safe premise. If a person slips and falls on your property, you could be held liable for any injury that person receives.

Community divided over site plan, council meeting weighs in both sides

When the city of Ann Arbor zoned a particular part of land for D2 use in the northeast corner of the city, they instantly knew it would cause problems for developers down the road. People who supported the decision saw the potential for economic growth if taller buildings were allowed to build in that part of the city, while advocates have balked at this idea, pointing out that the proposed building idea did not blend well with the historic landmarks in the surrounding area.

How do easements work in real estate matters?

An easement is generally described as a nonpossessory interest in another person's land usually stemming from a want or need to use someone else's land for which the other person does not have ownership. Basically, an easement allows the holder to use the property, but prevents them from excluding others from the land.

Redevelopment given green light on 109 acres of land

Residents of Huntington Woods here in Michigan are no strangers to the fact that real estate properties are always evolving, changing the appearance of a town or city, always hopefully for the better. But what many people may not know is that the process is not as simple as just handing over a deed. Often times, a city council must decide what is best for the community, sometimes changing an area of land to something completely different than what it once was.

Detroit pushes for new agricultural zoning laws

Whenever city officials begin talking about changes to zoning laws, it's always a concern of residents as to what will be "moving in" next door to them. But what if your new neighbor turns out to be a community garden? Or perhaps what is now being dubbed an "urban farm?" What would you think then?

Copper mining and what affect it can have on the environment

With the fear of Global Warming constantly looming over our heads, many people across the nation are making conscious efforts to save the environment one carbon footprint at a time. For mining companies though, their efforts may have to be significantly more substantial if they want to negate their Big Foot sized imprint on the environment.

Storms and their impact on your real estate property - part II

Everyone in Michigan is familiar with the saying "if a tree falls in the middle of the woods, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" But in cases of storm damage, a new saying has people asking a similar question: if my tree falls on my neighbor's property, and I didn't do it, who pays for the damages?

Following the code: what this means when building your dream home

When it comes to building your dream home, the sky's the limit and to you, anything goes. But what many people in Michigan don't realize is that there are certain building codes that must be adhered to in the process.

Victims of mortgage fraud receive settlement checks

During the housing slump, many homeowners across the United States, including people here in Michigan, found themselves struggling to pay their mortgages in a desperate attempt to save their homes.

What regulations should there be on personal ice rinks?

With winter fast approaching, many hockey and skating enthusiasts in the state of Michigan are already coming up with ideas for this year's backyard ice rinks. For many avid fans of winter, there may even be plans to make a rink large enough for the entire neighborhood.

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