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Seller’s Disclosures in Texas for Properties Owned by Estates

One of the main concerns for someone buying property is the condition of the property and any relevant information about that property. Seller’s disclosures exist to inform the buyer of issues that have been addressed, such as treatment for termites or previous flooding, and issues that may need to be addressed, such as roof replacement. …

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Holding Texas Bureaucrats Accountable for Rigged Bidding

In addition to their other responsibilities, city and county officials are often responsible for overseeing local projects to meet the needs of constituents, such as building roads and public buildings. Texas has in place specific statutes that local officials must follow to encourage competitive pricing and quality work. This competitive bidding process is governed by …

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Help! My HOA Says I can’t Airbnb My Property in Texas

Many Texas communities have deed restrictions designed to control situations which might adversely affect the neighborhood. Homeowners’ associations are the organizations that enforce those restrictions. While enforcement has often been a challenge, that challenge is significantly escalated by the fact that deed restrictions do not change with the times.  One of the more significant changes …

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Parking Clauses in Texas Commercial Leases

While indoor spaces and facilities are of great importance when leasing a property, another important consideration is the availability of parking for a property. For that reason, parking clauses are common clauses in commercial leases. The pandemic has shifted parking needs substantially; Many offices need less space for employees now working from home, and retailers …

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Actual Notice and Constructive Notice as Part of the Innocent Purchaser Defense

To benefit from the innocent purchaser defense in Texas, a party must not have actual or constructive notice that another person may have an ownership claim to the property. Knowledge of the claim may result in divestment of the purchaser’s ownership interest. According to Texas Property Code § 13.001, actual notice means that the purchasers …

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Innocent or Bona Fide Purchaser Defense in Texas

The Latin phrase bona fide translates to “something of good faith, authentic, and genuine.” A Bona Fide purchaser, then, is someone who purchases property in good faith, assuming that things are as they seem, that the purchase is legitimate, and the title is unencumbered. If a third party presents a claim against the property, a …

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