Real Property

The term "real estate" generally refers to ownership or use of land. The Real Property section of FindLaw's Corporate Counsel Center provides information on matters such as asset protection during a lawsuit, security interests in investment properties, and information on the historical tension between two competing forces: the need for new housing as the population grows, and the scarcity of adequate water supplies in many of the places where new communities are emerging. Understanding general real estate issues facing your business is of great importance for corporate counsel, regardless of the company's specific industry. Read more about these and other subjects under Business Operations.

Real Property Articles
    • Mum's the Word: Landlord Liability when Providing a Reference for a Former Tenant

      You are sitting at your desk when the phone rings. On the line is the landlord or manager of a community which a former tenant of yours has applied to reside in. He wants to know if this applicant was a good tenant. Here is a primer on landlord liability when providing a reference for a former tenant.

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    • Option Consideration

      Have you ever wondered why some contracts contain a provision that states that the purchaser has paid the seller $100 as "Option Consideration?" To understand the reason for including a provision like that in a contract, read this article to learn about option consideration.

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    • Texas Mechanic's Lien and Bond Claim Law

      The Texas Property Code section which governs the subject defines a "mechanic's lien" as "the lien provided by the Texas Property Code." §53.001. Learn more about the Texas Mechanic's Lien and Bond Claim Law in this article.

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    • Outline of Summary Ejectment and Tenant Eviction

      The following is a brief outline of the procedures necessary for a landlord to evict a tenant. The statutes and caselaw are tenant friendly and it is therefore important for a landlord to follow the statutory procedures precisely. Read on to learn more about summary ejectment and tenant eviction procedures.

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    • California Mechanics' Liens and Stop Notices: Remedies You Can Use to Improve Collections

      When someone who provides labor, services, equipment or materials to a construction project is not fully paid, he can file suit against the person who failed to pay him. This is called a "Mechanics' Lien." Learn more about stop notices and the remedies you can use to improve collections.

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    • The Unlawful Detainer Process

      In order to evict a tenant, you must first correctly fill out and properly serve a termination notice. The most common notices are the " Three Day Pay or Quit" and the "Thirty Day Termination of Tenancy." Learn more about the unlawful detainer process.

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    • The Final Affidavit And Waiver Of Lien-Contractors Beware ‚ …

      Contractors should beware of signing false Lien Waivers. It is fraud to do so. Learn more about pitfalls in the final affadavit and waiver for Lien Contracts.

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    • Understanding the New Accounting Rules For Stock Options and Other Awards

      Lawyers, tax professionals and other executives who are involved with granting equity-based awards to employees should have a basic understanding of the new accounting rules set forth under Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123. Learn more about the new accounting rules for stock options and other awards in this article.

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    • Lending To Community Associations

      Loan officers who concentrate on loans to individuals are very familiar with the variety of situations in which a homeowner seeks a home improvement loan. More and more, loan officers are lending to community associations. Learn more about it in this article.

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    • Minerals & Mining Law

      To many people, the laws governing exploration for minerals on public domain lands and leasing of federal minerals may seem arcane. The principal means of acquiring mining rights on federal lands is location of mining claims under the Mining Law. Learn more about minerals and mining in this article.

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