As chronicled in the A&E television show Storage Wars, it is common for modern-day treasure hunters to place bids on repossessed storage units in the hopes of making a (very large) profit. However, the bidders would probably think twice if purchasing the contents of the unit resulted in the buyer taking on the obligation to pay the former owners’ … Read the rest
1) Defining the Easement
Easement holders have the right to access or use another’s property for the purpose of the easement. These easement rights are considered non-possessory, as the ownership interest (referred to as the “fee title”) is still retained by the property owner. The property benefitting from the use of the easement is referred to as the “dominant estate,” … Read the rest
The advent of cloud-based computing and remote data storage has increased business efficiency and the ability to collaborate with colleagues. However, the reliance on third parties to host crucial and sensitive data can have ruinous consequences for the company if their IT host loses this data. This is especially so as many service contracts for hosting data include clauses limiting … Read the rest
Effective July 1, 2020, a new option exists for appealing certain land use decisions involving questions of “housing” or “housing development.” The New Hampshire Housing Appeals board, based in Concord, NH, is meant to provide a faster and more cost-effective route for appealing local zoning decisions than the superior court. The boards’ jurisdiction and procedures are found in RSA 679… Read the rest
On July 24, 2020, the New Hampshire Supreme Court overruled the trial court’s dismissal of a breach of contract lawsuit against Facebook, Inc. – the parent company of Instagram.
I) Trial Court Proceedings
Most people use easements in their daily life without ever thinking much about their legal right to do so – whether it’s using a long driveway to access a residence or flushing a toilet relies on underground pipes to connect to the municipal system.
However, the continuing validity of an easement depends on various legal doctrines get applied to the … Read the rest
What’s in a Deed?
The deed to a parcel of property may be the most important piece of paper someone holds. This is proof that they own their house, the land it sits on, and what that land includes. Yet many people aren’t quite sure what it all means.
Recording a deed or other document makes it public … Read the rest
In a prior blog post, we discussed the application of grandfathering, or “nonconformity”, provisions to existing uses of property that are subsequently banned by the local government. Nonconformity provisions essentially allow the current use to continue indefinitely on the property, even though it does not conform to the new code requirements.
However, expanding nonconforming uses can be problematic. For example, … Read the rest
Landowners in New Hampshire have protections against local governments retroactively banning their lawfully existing use of property. These legal, non-conforming uses are considered “grandfathered,” and generally are allowed to continue indefinitely despite not conforming to newly enacted zoning requirements.
In the zoning and land use context, grandfathered uses are those that existed prior to a change in zoning. Most local … Read the rest
The N.H. Board of Tax and Land Appeals (BTLA), an administrative board that is responsible for deciding appeals of denial of property tax abatements, has extended all deadlines for mediation to June 1, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A party is not required to file a request for a written extension. The BTLA sets a deadline for … Read the rest