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Thomas O. Moens

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  • Are renter referral services broker required to get a real estate or leasing agent license in Illinois?

    Is doing renter referrals required to be licensed as a real estate agent or leasing agent in Illinois? I will charge both the owner and the renter for the referral. I will not do any real estate or leasing activities, such as, finding the renter...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Based on the limited information you have provided, it would appear you are planning to collect a fee for putting together a landlord and a tenant. If this is the case, you need a license. You should discuss your plans with a real estate or licensing attorney, since the penalties can be significant.

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  • Purchase of a condo in NYC

    I am a foreign and want to buy a condo in NY. Can I sign the original contract in my country and send the original to the seller? Do I have to attend the closing personally or can I empower somebody in NY to attend on my behalf?

    Thomas’s Answer

    The answer to your questions is a qualified yes, but you would be best served by discussing your needs with a real estate attorney licensed in New York.

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  • Can a motel owner charge different amounts of rent, for the same accomodations?

    the owner of the motel where im staying, is charging us 350.00& other people ive talk to charging them less, what are my rights and options. we've been here for 30 days, the carpet is dirty, and there is a major mosquito problem that is hazardous

    Thomas’s Answer

    One of your options is to find another place to stay--the place sounds rather unpleasant. As far as the price difference, unless you can prove it is because of your membership in a protected class, it is perfectly legal to charge difference people different amounts.

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  • Do previous home owners have the right to 50% of a settlement claim against the building company of my home?

    I purchased a home the beginning of the year. I recently received a call from a firm telling me my house was currently in a pending litigation against the building company. This information was not disclosed to me during the purchasing of my home....

    Thomas’s Answer

    The previous owner should have disclosed this to you. You should hire a real estate or real estate litigation attorney to pursue this. You are the one that will be damaged if there are problems, not the previous owner.

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  • I'm looking for a lawyer / firm that can help me send a cease and desist letter.

    I'm looking for a lawyer / firm that can help me send a cease and desist letter. I've done the ground work and wanted the lawyer to review the letter and send it on my behalf representing me or if you wanted to craft the cease and desist,...

    Thomas’s Answer

    You will need to contact attorneys individually. Attorneys are prohibited from soliciting your business through this website. You might try an internet search, referrals from friends or family, or use the Find a Lawyer tab at the top of the page.

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  • How I recover the money from him when I found out it was a fraud ??

    Some guy have offered me a job. He have sent me a check for 4000 dolls in advance. He told me to pay 2000 out of this 4000 dolls check to one of his agent so he can send me office supplies. I paid 2000 dolls from my account and his check are still...

    Thomas’s Answer

    This is a very common scam. I am sorry you fell victim to it. You may want to contact the police or the attorney general's office. It is unlikely you are their first, or last, victim.

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  • If my tenants default on a 12-month lease contract, what does Illinois Law entitle me to collect from them?

    Let's assume it can be proven that tenants defaulted on compliance with one, two, or even more terms of a lease. Would landlord likely be able to win a judgment for reimbursement of the amount paid to a Realtor to find these tenants ? For a 12-...

    Thomas’s Answer

    It depends on your agreement with the real estate agent, and what the violations are, and your theory that the real estate agent knew or should have known the tenant would violate the terms of the lease. I would think such a case would be difficult to win, but without having the required information, that is simply conjecture.

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  • Do we need to change name of the owner/trustee that passed away, for the Home Insurance Policy that's under the Trust?

    The owner/trustee passed away and the property is under the Trust. We, the beneficiaries would like to know how long the Trust is valid for us to leave the Home Insurance Policy as it is? Please advise.

    Thomas’s Answer

    It would require a review of the trust documents at minimum to answer your question.

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  • Are our only options to go to court and pay court fees or pay a settlement?

    My husband filled out a payday loan application online, but decided it was a bad idea and didn't hit submit. Instead he X'd out the browser. Years later they contacted us saying they gave him 500 dollars. They told him if he faxed over his bank ...

    Thomas’s Answer

    If you ignore this, more than likely a default judgment will be entered against you. The court might order them to pay your filing fees if you win the lawsuit. I may be cynical, but it would not surprise me if they asked for your bank statements simply to get your account and balance information. I would suggest that you contact a consumer law attorney in your area, since there may also be other remedies available to you.

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  • Does the defendant need a lawyer to get out of this situation?

    My brother is currently in jail and has a parole hold he was sent to jail on a domestic and the story is completely false the victim exaggerated to the police to have them make the defendent leave but instead they arrested him he didnt do anything...

    Thomas’s Answer

    It would be a very good idea to hire an attorney, yes.

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