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Video Cameras in Rentals! OMG.

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“What is my tenant up to?” 1. Don’t sign a contract allowing it. If you sign a contract with it, they are putting you on notice and there really is no expectation of privacy. The images could still be illegal. See below. 2. Does the law allow it? Texas law prevents licensed security professionals from […]

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You must invoke your rights.

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1. You do not have a right to have your Miranda Rights read to you. The police have a consequence if they don’t but the reading is not a right.2. If you choose to ignore the warning, your statements will be used against you. Even if the police know you have a lawyer they will […]

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Landlords must mitigate damages (unless…)

Mitigate Damages. 8/10/2021 In Austin Hill Country Realty, Inc. v. Palisades Plaza, Inc., 948 S.W.2d 293, 299 (Tex.1997), the Supreme Court of Texas recognized that a commercial landlord has a duty to make reasonable efforts to mitigate damages when the tenant breaches the lease and abandons the property. The rule in Palisades Plaza has since […]

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Buyer Beware! Collect withholding for foreign persons.

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Withholding of Tax on Dispositions of United States Real Property Interests For distributions before February 17, 2016, the corporation generally must withhold 10% of the amount realized by a foreign person. For distributions after February 16, 2016, the rate increases to 15%.  There are exceptions which are covered below.   Thankfully the IRS will deem a […]

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Planning for the year.

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Now that the holidays are over it is a good time to take stock and plan your year. You never know when something is going to happen. Reduce stress with the right documents at your fingertips. A power of attorney, or childcare authorizaton to help someone get your children to family if something happens to […]

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