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New CAR Forms

New CAR FormsIn June 2018, the California Association of Realtors will release the following new forms: Buyer Homeowner Association Advisory (“BHAA”); Disclosure Information Advisory (“DIA”); and the Tenant Flood Hazard Disclosure (“TFHD”). Please look for the
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Jury Awards $3,500,000 Verdict in Bed Bug Case

Jury Awards $3,500,000 Verdict in Bed Bug CaseA Southern California jury recently awarded tenants in the Park La Brea complex, an apartment building in Southern California, $3,500,000 arising out of ongoing bed bugs located in the apartment units. Plaintiffs included sixteen (16) renters whose units
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Governor Restores Department of Real Estate

On October 15, 2017, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 173, which restored the Department of Real Estate. Through this bill, the California Bureau of Real Estate will return to the Department of Real Estate as its own department instead of being under the Department of Consumer Affairs, effective
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Question and Answer Regarding Homeowners’ Association Documents

Question: I am the listing agent. My seller is refusing to pay to obtain the homeowner association's documents. The seller claims that he has all of the required documents and can produce them to the buyer. How do I proceed?Answer: Legally, it is the seller's responsibility to provide all of
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Question and Answer Regarding Handling of Buyers’ Reports

Question: I represented a buyer in making an offer on a property. While in escrow, we undertook several inspections and I have those reports. My buyer subsequently decided to cancel the escrow based on the reports. A new buyer is currently in escrow who is represented by another real estate
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Question and Answer Regarding Contingencies

Question: I am a selling agent and my buyer has signed the Contingency for Sale or Purchase of Other Property form (“COP”). When does the inspection contingency time start running? Answer: The contingency time frame begins running upon one of the following: 1. Delivery of escrow evidence
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Question and Answer Regarding Service Animals

Question: May a prospective purchaser bring a support animal into an open house?Answer: Probably. Unless there is a compelling reason why a buyer cannot bring a service animal into an open house, the seller should probably permit it to prevent discrimination claims. A compelling reason may be a
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