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Jed R Prest

Jed Prest’s Answers

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  • Contractor charged us for permits that he had to pay for - is this fraud?

    On the plans, it clearly states that the contractor "shall pay for and obtain all work permits, fees, insurance and taxes required for the project. Owner shall pay building permit fee." Our contractor asked us for a blank check to pay for the "bui...

    Jed’s Answer

    You need to also review you contract with the contractor. The contract may contain a section addresses the payment of permits which can modify the drawings. The cost of permits is often a line item cost that the owner pays for either as an item or by increase in the contractors overhead. This is a legitimate cost.

    You should review this with a CA licensed construction law attorney.

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  • What are my rights conserning excessive noise from a road construction project on an interstate highway near my home?

    The noise is a loud droning caused by a machine that grinds pavment. It starts at various times after dark and usally continues until about 4 am. with some pauses. Loud enough to be heard inside my house, even through earplugs on some nights.

    Jed’s Answer

    Mr. Deason's response is a thorough response, but I might suggest that you contact the construction company as well. They may attempt to accommodate your concerns . Failing that I would recommend that you contact your local permitting offices either your county or municipality. You also may want to speak to several local attorneies to discuss various options that might be available to you. Many attorneys offer a free consultations, including my office, where we can fully evaluate the complaint, your situation and goals.

    Good luck

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  • What do I do when an association tries to terminate my lease with no just cause?

    My neighbors were playing their bass very loud where my wall would vibrate and I would be unable to concentrate on my work or have any peace. Since the association did nothing I called the police non-emergency line they came and told the tenant th...

    Jed’s Answer

    You should review this matter with an attorney. There maybe other grounds that the association has which unrelated. Or the actions of the association is inappropriate. Many attorneys offer a free consultations, including my office, where we can fully evaluate the complaint, your situation and goals.

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  • I need an attorney to help deed a home back to the bank. Payments are up to date never have been late

    Can't sell property for six yrs. do not live in house. Mtg is 208,000.00. Appraised at 158,000.00 have assets and the bank may sue me for the effiency but why keep paying out 1400.00 per month

    Jed’s Answer

    You should review this matter with an attorney. There are number of issues you need to consider. Many attorneys offer a free consultations, including my office, where we can fully evaluate the complaint, your situation and goals.

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  • Can our security deposit be withheld from us by a r e mangement co until we sign away our rights to make complaints against them

    Upon entering into a yr lease of home @ $ 1250. mo, it was immediately discovered the refrigerator /freezer was non-functioning. 22 days into lease we were brought a dorm size ice box to use. 52 days later with still no replacement refrigerator we...

    Jed’s Answer

    The landlord does not sound like they followed the statutory requirements regarding the security deposit. You may have other civil actions as well. You should review this matter with an attorney. Many attorneys offer a free consultations, including my office, where we can fully evaluate the complaint, your situation and goals.

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  • Do i need a lawyer for asking for more time for me to move out?

    I am a single mother of two children which one is blind. The father of my children is in jail right now an i am still living here in the house we were renting from his grandmother. His grandmother an i had a agreement that she would not make me pa...

    Jed’s Answer

    There are two ways she could terminate the lease. The first is for non-payment of rent. She has to go to court after first giving you a three day notice. This is the only way if you have a written lease. However, it sounds like you may have only a verbal lease with a month to month term. Based on that either party can terminate the lease with only a 15 day notice prior to end of the monthly term. It sounds like she has given you the proper notice. You could stay past the term, but you would be a hold over tenant. She would still have to go to court to evict you, but she could also hold you liable for double rent. This could possibly buy you more time, but probably not to the end of the month.

    You should review this matter with an attorney. Many attorneys offer a free consultations, including my office, where we can fully evaluate the complaint, your situation and goals.

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  • Im a tenant that lives in a condo that was bought out by a bank because it was on forclosure, My current landlord has the

    tittle and states that i still have to pay her the full rent but the bank purchased on dec 6th is this correct because the property maneger says no i only have t pay the prorrated amount not the full rent i just want to be for sure so i wont get e...

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    If the bank or new landlord took the property mid month, the the previous landlord owned property for part of the month and could sue for a prorated share of the rent, but could not evict you now if you failed to pay. If you had not paid rent to the previous owner, you could possibly still be evicted for failure to pay rent by the new owners.

    If you paid the full rent to the old landlord for the full amount, then new owners could not sue you, but could sue the previous landlord for the prorated rent. If you did not pay rent to the prior owner then the new owners could demand the prorated rent due to them from you.

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  • What does release the beneficial interest mean in a short payoff?

    my late mothers home was transferred by her mortgage co to a servicing co who uses or transferred to a lien holder co. and now I can not tell who can release the lien if I agree to pay $20,000.

    Jed’s Answer

    You can contact the company who is servicing your mothers note. You can also verify the lien holder by doing a title search. Most likely they have recorded the lien

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  • What happens if I get a lien on my house due to having a garage turned into a guess house?

    I build a guess house without a permit, using my garage space

    Jed’s Answer

    This typically does not result in a fine, but can result in a number of penalties and fines by the authority having jurisdiction assuming that the conversion complies with the building codes and zoning ordinances. Worst case you have to demolish the renovation or other wise bring it into compliance.

    You should speak to either a licensed CA architect or attorney.

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  • Can i get a reai estate licence in Florida if iam a non resident of the US

    can i get a real estate licence in Florida if iam a non US resident

    Jed’s Answer

    Yes. You do not have to be a Florida Resident or a US citizen to receive a Florida Real Estate License. You will have meet the licensure requirements.

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