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In Arlington, real estate law can affect just about anything involving the use, purchase, or sale of land and fixtures to land, such as buildings.
The many laws affecting real estate in Arlington can sometimes feel overwhelming in their volume and complexity. This might apply doubly when your case involves a foreclosure, or a construction dispute.
So, if you're planning on engaging in any kind of real estate transaction, it's important that you learn at least the basics of real estate law in Arlington.
Knowing the law can serve you in a number of ways: it can put you in a better negotiating position, it can help you spot unlawful terms in lease agreements, and ensure that you know your rights if a dispute arises, among other things.
Common Real Estate Law Issues in Arlington
Financing: Most people are unable to make major real estate purchases in Arlington with cash, because few people have that kind of money on hand. Therefore, to buy real estate, most entities use a mortgage. This is a loan used to buy a piece of property. When the loan is issued, and the property purchased, the lender holds a security interest in the property until the loan is paid off, with interest.
Zoning: Zoning regulations determine what types of structures are allowed on various parcels, based on their location in a municipality. For example, some areas in a city might be zoned only for residential use. Another area might allow industrial use. These rules are meant to keep property values up, and promote harmony among neighbors by preventing conflicts.
Duty to Disclose: If you're buying a house in Arlington, you have certain legal protections. The seller has a duty to tell the buyer about any defects that the property has. All defects which the seller knows about, and which the buyer can't be expected to discover through an ordinary inspection, must be disclosed. If the seller fails to disclose a defect, and the buyer later discovers it, the seller can be sued for any diminution in the property's value caused by the defect, the cost of repairing it, and any injuries the buyers suffers as a result.
Implied Warranties: In Arlington, every residential lease agreement, whether it's explicitly stated or not, has an "implied warranty of habitability." This is a legally-imposed promise by the landlord that the rented dwelling (whether it's a house or apartment) is fit for habitation by humans. While there are many requirements for a place to be considered habitable, some of the most important ones are electricity, running water, heating, and protection from the elements.
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These issues, along with many others, can sometimes be fairly complicated. Therefore, you should never hesitate to consult with a Arlington real estate attorney if you have any questions.
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Life in ArlingtonArlington is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. It is very near Boston--approximately 6 miles northwest of it. Arlington has a population of around 42,900 people.
For nature lovers, Arlington is the place to be! It is filled with beautiful parks. Popular sites include Menotomy Rocks Park, Robbins Farm Park, Robbins Library, and Spy Pond Park. Other popular attractions include the Arlington Center Historic District, the Cyrus E. Dallin Museum, Henry Swan House, the Jason Russell House, Water Tower at Park Circle and the Uncle Sam Memorial Statue.
Past famous residents of Arlington include Dane Cook, Olympia Dukakis, Timothy Hutton, Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson, and Tom Yewcic.
The legal industry also has a presence in Arlington because many attorneys call Arlington home. These attorneys practice in many areas of law and focus on providing excellent and personalized legal services.