In our last post, we discussed the nature of a variance, a type of permit that allows a land owner to deviate from the literal terms of a zoning ordinance if the land owner can prove undue hardship. A recent decision of the Pottstown Zoning Board to deny an application for several variances demonstrates how the an application for a variance can engender a bitter real estate dispute.
Owners, purchasers and sellers of real property in Pennsylvania have a strong interest in making sure that the title to the property is free of any defects or competing claims. A cloud on the title can hold up a sale or refinancing. Title insurance provides some protection, but the insurer may refuse to issue a title insurance policy on the property if there is a title defect or unresolved claim.
Good relations between parties to a contract can turn sour quickly during real estate disputes. There is often a misunderstanding between the parties regarding the language of their contract. It is also possible that one of the contracting parties is willingly breaking the terms of the contract. This situation can arise when a tenant is breaking their rental lease agreement.
For those buying or selling residential real estate properties in the Philadelphia area, having an attorney can be incredibly helpful while navigating the often complicated process. There are various intricate aspects involved in property transactions, such as negotiations, inspections, disclosures and closings.