Lawrence M Garfinkel’s Answers

Lawrence M Garfinkel

Hartford Real Estate Attorney.

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  1. Am I legally liable for damages to my tenants belongings in the house , garage caused by vandalism, fire , water damage ?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Lawrence M Garfinkel
    2. Kent Matthew Miller
    2 lawyer answers

    The statutes require you to keep the property fit and habitable and clean and safe. They do not discuss liability for properties that are damaged. Tenants should be required to maintain renters insurance which would protect their belongings from these types of damages. Although there is no statute that states you are liable, I do believe that a tenant could bring an action against you for the damages if you were negligent. If the damages were not caused by some action or inaction on your...

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  2. Lower my tax Raleigh

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Lawrence M Garfinkel
    2. Bonnor E. Hudson III
    3. Christopher Michael Larson
    3 lawyer answers

    I am not a NC attorney but I know that that standard used when appealing a tax bill is that you have to prove the value of the property in the year that it was assessed as. Therefore what you were told is most likely correct. An appraiser can appraise a property as of a past date. Good luck to you.

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  3. When I evict a tenant.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Kent Matthew Miller
    2. Lawrence M Garfinkel
    2 lawyer answers

    No, you cannot do a partial eviction, it must be all or nothing. You are responsible for moving the property and the town is responsible for storing it, although if the defendant wants it back they will have to pay the town for the storage costs. You will not be permitted to store it on the property. Good luck.

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  4. What does a deficiency judgement do for foreclosure proceedings?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Lawrence M Garfinkel
    2. Shawn B Alexander
    2 lawyer answers

    I am not an attorney in WA but typically a deficiency judgment is one of the last steps. If your property is worth less than what you owe then the lender may get a judgment against you for the difference and then use that to pursue either a bank account, your wages, or another property to compensate them for the loss.

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  5. Is there a way to remove my name from a deed once it was foreclosed on and sold on courthouse steps and judge approved sale?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Charles F Basil
    3. Henry Repay
    4. Stephen Samuel Messutta
    5. Lawrence M Garfinkel
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    I am not an IL attorney but if I remember correctly in IL there must be a sheriff's deed recorded to convey property to the lender. Once this is done then you are not the owner of the property. It is not really taking you off the deed as much as it is conveying property to the new owner, the lender. That is what you want to have happen. You may want to check with the county to see if this has happened yet. If it has you are all set. If it has not happened yet then it is most likely just a...

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  6. Does my landlord have to pay to fix my refrigerator?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Robin Mashal
    2. Frank Wei-Hong Chen
    3. Lawrence M Garfinkel
    3 lawyer answers

    I think that both of the above answers are very good. I would just add that you do need to look at your lease. Some leases specify whose responsibility certain repairs are in a rental unit. You need to see specifically if the lease addresses appliances or just general repairs, I see them being different, but the lease may specify. Good luck.

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  7. Mortgage modification help

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Lawrence M Garfinkel
    2. Nicholas M. Moccia
    2 lawyer answers

    I would not say that it is better, keep trying as you are currently. If they do bring a foreclosure action against you then if you request mediation you will likely have an easier time getting through to them. Please keep in mind that in order to get a loan modification you do need to have the ability to repay the loan. Good luck to you.

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  8. Is it legal to demand evacuation of connecticut subsidized apt, of recently deceased tenant in good standing, within 14 days

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Kent Matthew Miller
    2. Lawrence M Garfinkel
    2 lawyer answers

    First, there is no federal law that allows 30 days. However, leaving notes under the door that say 14 days is not accurate either. They must serve a notice to quit that gives 3 days, not including the first and last days so essentially it is 5 days, from the date of the service by the marshal. It must be served by a marshal. After that they would have to start an eviction by serving a summons and complaint. The security is not supposed to be used for rent so that is irrelevant for purposes...

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  9. Modification OF MORTGAGE . I THINK I NEED A LAWYER FOR HELP IN STRATFORD CT. CAN SOMEONE HELP ME

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Lawrence M Garfinkel
    2. Kent Matthew Miller
    3. David F Falvey
    3 lawyer answers

    You do not say in your answer whether you have been served with a summons and complaint yet which is the commencement of a foreclosure in CT. If you have not then you do not "need" to speak to an attorney yet. While it may be helpful to have some help here, it will cost you money and you may need that money to pay towards the loan mod. I would suggest first calling your lender and speaking with the loss mitigation department to see if they are willing to work with you. If you do get served...

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  10. Can a couple with a child NOT lease a single bedroom in apt complex in Norwalk, CT?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Kent Matthew Miller
    2. Lawrence M Garfinkel
    3. Carol Lynne Zimmerly
    3 lawyer answers

    The first thing I would do is ask them why they are not renewing. If this is a public housing authority then they do usually have rules about how many people may live in a different size units. I would first ask the management why they are not renewing and if you have any options. Good luck.

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