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What makes it a public nuisance?

When you hear loud music going past your window at three in the morning, you hope it will not be a regular occurrence. As days turn to weeks, you realize that the vehicle belongs to someone down the street. And you are not the only person who has noticed.

No matter where you live, you work hard to maintain a home where you can relax and enjoy your favorite activities. When someone disrupts that time, it can be frustrating. Depending on the specific nuisance, it may even threaten the value of your property.

What is a private nuisance?

No matter where you live, there will be people who will be frustrating to deal with. Some may be neighbors; others may be people who pass through your neighborhood.

While annoying, not every neighborly frustration reaches the level of nuisance.

What if I don’t maintain my property?

Owning a property can be a lot of work. It seems like every time you think everything is in good repair, something will break and cause an avalanche of problems.

Maintaining your property may be overwhelming, but it is essential for maintaining value in your neighborhood and the safety of you and others. Neglecting property maintenance could cause significant problems.

What does “readily achievable” mean for ADA compliance?

Maintaining an accessible building can be vital to your business. If your building is not attractive and easy to access, you risk losing critical customers.

Although you want as many people as possible to have easy access to your building, having the latest accessibility modifications is not always feasible or financially prudent. You need to be able to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines without getting involved in an elaborate remodeling project.

The first inspection of your apartment building

Owning a rental property can be an excellent source of income. Your level of involvement depends on how many properties and tenants you have, so, rental income can be a side-hustle or your career.

No matter what your goals are, in most cases, you will go through an inspection of your apartment building. When you do not know what to expect, this can be intimidating and overwhelming.

What are municipal bonds?

It takes a lot of money to run a city. The people in your community will always want more amenities to make the city a better place to live in. Like owning a home, there is no end to the projects that all require substantial money.

There are a few ways to get money for city projects like roads and public buildings. One way to get funding is through municipal bonds.

Getting your building through an inspection

Whether you are updating your building or starting from scratch, there will be inspections along the way to make sure your structure matches the current safety codes. While an inspection is part of a typical day for a contractor, you may still be nervous about whether the work will pass.

There may be frequent changes to the California building codes, but not all of them will apply to your building or your project. Even if you are not doing the work, you should still have an idea of what will happen when an inspector comes to look at your contractor’s work.

Will my building be grandfathered in when codes change?

There are always new advancements in safety and technology. As the times change, often there are changes to building codes.

You want your tenants to be safe, but often changes in the building code mean expensive updates. It is especially frustrating when your building is well-maintained and in good repair. Grandfather clauses in the building code could give you more time before making changes.

Why is there a lien against my property?

Dealing with a lien can be complicated and confusing; especially if you do not know where the lien came from.

Most often, you find out about a lien when you are trying to sell a piece of your property. As part of the process, a title company will look at the claims on your property, and see if there are any other claims on your property.

Why ADA compliance is different

Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines is about more than following a set of rules. The guidelines attempt to give as many people as possible, access to your building.

As times change, so do the ADA guidelines. In some instances, the rules change out of a tragedy; in other cases, they change because of technology changes. Unfortunately, the changes can be expensive.

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