Word of the Week



Legal proceedings undertaken by a tenant to recover

possessions of personal belongings that have been unlawfully

confiscated by a landlord (usually for nonpayment of rent).


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Riparian Rights:


The water rights of a land-owner whose property is adjacent to or

 crossed by a body of water.


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To give up; a term used in quitclaim deeds.

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Obligatory Advances:

Disbursments of construction loan funds that the lender is

 obligated to make (by prior agreement with the borrower)

when the borrower has completed certain phases of construction.

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An improvement which, because of deficiency in cost or size,

is not the most profitable use of land;

not the highest and best use.

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A breach of duty imposed by law (as opposed to a duty voluntarily taken on in a contract) that causes harm to another person, giving the injured person the right to sue the one who breached the duty. Also called civil wrong (in contrast to a criminal wrong, a crime).

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INCOME RATIO~ A standard used in qualifiying a buyer for a loan, to determine whether he or she has sufficient income; the buyer’s debts and proposed housing expense should not exceed a specified percentage of his or her income

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