Most Americans are familiar with the concept of title to real estate, or the evidentiary documents—usually comprised of deeds and/or plans—that serves to prove ownership. Title searches and title insurance are somewhat standard accessories of real estate transactions in New Hampshire. Title searches look through the history of ownership of a certain parcel of property to confirm that the seller … Read the rest
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The internet is changing all aspects of life, including travel. While the vast majority of travelers traditionally stayed in hotels or motels when visiting from out of town, many travelers now look to short-term rentals—like those advertised on websites like Airbnb, VRBO, and Homeaway—for lodging. However, thanks to a recent Supreme Court decision, travelers to at least one district in … Read the rest
An access easement is a right to pass over someone else’s property for – you guessed it – access. Other types of easements exist that are not for access, such as an easement to place and operate a cell tower on someone’s land. A private road also provides access to one’s land.
Generally, only a limited number of people may … Read the rest
Lots of homeowners put fences around their properties, for many different reasons. Some want to keep pets and children contained, others want privacy, and others want to keep trespassers off their property. But where exactly do these fences get built? Most common is a few feet away from the property line. Ownership, and therefore responsibility of maintenance, of the fence … Read the rest
Water and ground pollution are being discussed everywhere as more research is done discovering the harmful effects of certain commonly used chemicals. Here in New Hampshire, the Department of Environmental Services (DES) is working to implement new, lower, allowable levels of certain perfluoro-chemicals in drinking water. The rule making proposal was submitted earlier this summer after extensive research, and if … Read the rest
Several months ago, a few of us at Alfano Law Office noticed the frequency with which our office fights municipalities to protect property rights. Property rights are more than just things in your home or office. They include the right to use and develop land, the right to be paid full market value should the government take your property through … Read the rest
In New Hampshire and other states around the U.S., state law requires that individuals obtain permission from local and/or state/federal agencies prior to construction of new or renovated structures. These permissions depend on the type of construction sought, and can range from local planning and zoning approvals (such as building permits, variances, and/or special exceptions) to complex permissions of governmental … Read the rest
For certain Class V highways providing access to seasonal residences, municipalities may elect not to maintain those roads during the winter, which is defined as December 10 to April 10. (More on these dates in a moment.)
Since 1989, municipalities may make this election in one of two ways: 1) via the lay out process for any proposed new road … Read the rest
Perley E. Swett was a well-known hermit who lived in Stoddard, NH. He passed away in 1973.
During his life, various people appear to have helped him out, one being a gentleman named Quentin H. White. Beginning in 1968, Mr. White visited Mr. Swett regularly, delivered groceries, handled bank transaction, and took Mr. Swett to visit his sister.
To show … Read the rest
So, you’re buying a house. You probably get an inspection done on the house as part of the approval process for your mortgage. But do you think about the boundary lines of the property? Maybe the seller tells you the line is at a tree, or a fence. Maybe you don’t even discuss the boundary lines at all. Then how … Read the rest