Where is the Office?

A proper real estate office is one devoted to conducting real estate transactions, where transactions can be conducted in privacy and the name on the brokerage license is displayed prominently in a permanent fashion outside of the office. It is important to remember that only a broker can establish a real estate office, including branch offices.

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Something Breaks, Floods or Needs Repair Right Before Closing… Now What?

Closing is scheduled for tomorrow morning and everyone is excited to finalize the deal. You suddenly get a frantic call from your seller who explains they were about to leave the house with the last few boxes when a torrential downpour blew through the area and they now have an inch of standing water in the basement. Now what do you do about the closing in the morning?

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Supreme Court Ends CDC’s Eviction Moratorium

The Supreme Court’s decision means landlords are now able to evict tenants based on non-payment of rent, unless there is a local eviction moratorium in place. Landlords should consult with an attorney to determine any local restrictions on evictions.

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When Does Property Management Not Require a Real Estate License?

The licensing law contains a limited exclusion from the licensing requirement for persons employed by the owner for managing and maintaining multifamily residential properties. To rely on this exclusion, the regulations require the owner to retain all decision-making authority, including conditions of occupancy, negotiating leases and entering into leases with tenants.

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CDC Eviction Moratorium Extended Until July 31

No substantive changes to the eviction moratorium were made with this latest extension. However, the CDC also announced that this latest extension “is currently intended to be a final” extension and the “CDC does not plan to extend the order further.”

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Eviction Proceeding Timelines Modified

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court made emergency rule changes to some of the timelines relating to residential eviction proceedings before magisterial district judges. These modified rules went into effect on Jan. 1, 2021. After seeking public comment and additional feedback on the modified rules, the Supreme Court recently announced it is modifying the timelines back to their original periods effective Jan. 1, 2022.

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