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How The New Laws Will Affect You

According to Business Insider there are some ridiculous laws on the books in states across the US. Here are just a few:

 

  • It's a misdemeanor to try to pass off margarine as real butter in Iowa.

  • In Minnesota, any game in which participants attempt to capture a greased or oiled pig is illegal.

  • As of 1973, it's illegal to carry away or collect seaweed at night in New Hampshire.

  • In Florida, there's no dwarf-tossing allowed.

  • If a frog dies during a frog-jumping contest in California, it can't be eaten.

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New laws for 2016

Being a real estate broker and a member of the California Association of Realtors I receive year-end updates of new laws for the coming year in California. It is good for us to know what to expect and how our legislators are best representing our interests.

But, before we review a few of the new laws I thought I would start off with a few old laws that used to be on the books in California cities according to dumblaws.com:

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10 questions to consider before renting out a room - PART 3

There are many aspects to consider when renting out a room in your home before posting your vacancy on Airbnb, VRBO or craigslist. Protect yourself by knowing the local ordinances and laws governing your area.

 

In part one I highlighted occupancy types and use of the property--be sure to review for definitions. In part two we examined rights, care, control and postings. To wrap-up this series we are going to cover insurance, anti-discrimination, taxes and local ordinances.

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10 questions to consider before renting out a room - part 1

An attorney friend approached me, “I have a great topic for your next article. With the city approving short-term hosted rentals people need to know what they are getting into.”

I was intrigued by his comment as he proceeded to unpack for me the laws governing an innkeeper and how that compares to a landlord-tenant relationship or the renting of a room in an owner-occupied home.

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New laws on the horizon

With the start of the new year we usually find ourselves faced with several if not hundreds of new state and federal laws. As 2015 draws near we will be confronted with new laws affecting our use of plastic bags and the increase of our gas tax from sixty-eight cents per gallon we currently pay to eighty-three cents or even up to a dollar forty-four per gallon.

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