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4 Ways to Avoid Real Estate Disputes

Allegheny Attorneys at Law, P.C. Oct. 19, 2017

If you own commercial or residential real estate in Pittsburgh, you must be aware of common real estate disputes—so that you can take a proactive approach to avoiding them. The four tips below will help you to avoid some of the most common real estate disputes, but the best way to avoid real estate disputes is to meet with a Pittsburgh real estate attorney.

Adverse Possession Claim

When you purchase a new piece of property, it is essential to have your land surveyed to determine your precise property lines. What many are surprised to find is that the existing fence or other identifying boundary that separates their property from the surrounding property is not always within the lines. For example, your fence could be placed 1 foot short of your property line—or 1 foot beyond your property line.

An adverse possession claim comes into play when someone is using your property on an ongoing basis. This would include planting a garden that crosses your property line, parking on your property, or driving across someone’s yard on a daily basis.

Zone Disputes

You must be aware of the types of business or activities that you can operate within your zone. For example, if you dream of opening a nightclub, you must ensure that the building you lease or buy is not in a residential area. You must also understand the types of businesses you can operate within your home without violating any zoning laws.

Commercial Lease Disputes

There are many instances in which a commercial lease dispute can arise. Some of the most common types of commercial lease disputes include:

  • Terms of Lease—Who can use the property, how long the lease is valid, and what the monthly lease payment are.

  • Repairs and Maintenance— What repairs and maintenance fall on the tenant, and which are the responsibility of the landlord.

  • Early Termination— What if a lessor or lessee wants to terminate the lease early or a tenant wishes to sublet?

  • Deposits—Landlords are responsible for returning deposits in a timely manner. If this does not occur, or the full amount of the deposit is not returned, it can lead to a dispute.

These are just a few disputes that may leave you in need of real estate guidance in Pittsburgh. If you are looking for an efficient solution to help solve your real estate disputes, contact the real estate lawyers of Allegheny Attorneys at Law. With years of expertise and experience on their side, our team of real estate lawyers in Pittsburgh can help you avoid costly mistakes when it comes to handling your real estate disputes. Call us today for a free consultation on your real estate disputes and discover how our Pittsburgh attorneys can help you protect your property rights.