For many homeowners, a plummeting housing market has transformed a previously prudent investment into an oppressive financial burden.  Engaging in a strategic mortgage default with the help of a foreclosure defense attorney may be one of your best options for controlling damage to your credit.  If you’ve found yourself in a tough financial situation with […]

There has been a lot of media coverage about banks foreclosing on homeowners in recent years.  Another type of foreclosure that hasn’t received as much attention involves homeowner associations (“HOA”) suing property owners for failing to pay their dues. Homeowners can lose their homes, which is clearly a terrible outcome.  Unless they know their legal […]

      Traditionally, the legal world has lagged behind advances in technology.  In this high-tech internet age, the pace of change rapidly accelerates while our digital presence in daily life continues to grow.  Consider how much our lives revolve around technology.  As individuals and businesses gradually but irreversibly move toward a paperless existence, our gadgets […]

All Florida landlords should read and understand the state’s landlord-tenant laws found in Chapter 83 of the Florida Statutes.  A part of the law that contains pitfalls and has historically caused problems for investors is 83.49.  This subsection covers tenant security deposits and the rules governing how landlords may hold and refund deposits following the […]

By Charles P. Castellon, Esq., Widerman Malek Celebration Law Office (407) 566-0001 © 2017, All Rights Reserved Start by thinking about it Now that the holiday season is in full swing, we parents know that it’s pretty much all for our children.  We work so hard to make them happy and give them […]

By Charles P. Castellon, Esq. All rights reserved, 2017 ® A hot and dangerous legal topic for landlords is the issue of service animals.  This subject lies at the intersection of three federal statutes—the Fair Housing Act (“the Act”); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) and the Americans with Disabilities Act […]

    By Charles P. Castellon, Esq.  (c) 2017 All rights reserved. If you own real estate assets, you should know about asset protection strategies.  Real estate investors have long used land trusts in Florida to hold title to their properties.  There are many reasons to use land trusts, but this article will focus on […]

Why you should never want to see anyone in court. By Charles P. Castellon, Esq. All rights reserved, 2017 © It’s beyond debate that we’re a litigious society.  Ingrained in American culture is the declaration “I’ll see you in court.”  This article will provide an overview of what litigation is about, its costs and ways […]

By Charles P. Castellon, Esq. 2017 © All rights reserved. Recognizing the adage that “you make money when you buy,” all real estate investors look for bargains.  A popular place to buy low is the tax deed auction.  Many investors specialize in this area or include tax deeds among other acquisition strategies.  The main drawback, […]

Recently, the Obama administration and Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) made a policy announcement of great concern to the real estate investor community.  The government announced that under the federal Fair Housing Act (“the Act”), landlords cannot deny housing based on a prospective tenant’s criminal history. The historical legislation was passed in 1968 […]

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