Legal Duties and Protections
Whether you're someone looking to purchase a residential or commercial property or a business entity seeking to lease, purchase, sell or develop properties, a thorough understanding of the legal framework surrounding real estate ownership and transactions is important.
Individuals Purchasing or Selling a Property
Full Disclosure: Sellers have a legal duty to provide accurate and complete information about the property's condition. Meanwhile, buyers must receive this information and make informed decisions based upon the disclosures before purchasing.
Adherence to Contractual Obligations: Both buyers and sellers must fulfill their contractual obligations outlined in the purchase and sale agreement. This includes meeting deadlines/contingencies, providing necessary documentation/disclosures, and completing inspections or the repairs they require as agreed upon.
Title and Ownership Rights: Buyers have the right to review and receive full and clear title to the property free from all encumbrances. On the other hand, sellers have the duty to transfer the property's title subject to the terms of the agreement and after negotiation and review of title.
Leasing a Commercial Property
Lease Agreement Compliance: Both landlords and tenants must comply with the terms and conditions outlined in the lease agreement, such as timely rent payment, maintenance responsibilities, and adherence to any usage restrictions or zoning regulations.
Habitability and Safety: Landlords are responsible for providing habitable and safe premises for their tenants expected use, including meeting health and safety standards, maintaining essential utilities, and promptly addressing maintenance issues.
Liability and Risk Management in Real Estate
As the US real estate industry faces a rocky road with crumbling consumer confidence, rising interest rates, and a housing shortage, companies and real estate investors need to reinforce their risk management efforts, develop strategies to address new and familiar exposures, and review their insurance needs. Here are some key considerations for liability and risk management:
Property owners should ensure adequate property insurance to protect against damage, theft, vandalism, natural disasters, accidents, and other risks. Property and casualty insurance can protect you and your investment from claims arising from accidents or negligence, particularly when liability claims have been increasing.
Maintenance and Repairs
Proper maintenance and timely repairs help minimize potential risks in real estate. Property owners, both residential and commercial, must maintain their premises in a safe and habitable condition. This includes addressing structural issues, electrical and plumbing problems, and other potential hazards.
Compliance with applicable laws and regulations is vital for risk management in real estate. In Illinois, specific laws govern factors such as property disclosures, fair housing practices, landlord-tenant relationships, and zoning restrictions.
Navigating the complexities of the real estate transaction and liability and risk management can be challenging. At Sherwood Law Group, we have an experienced team that can help you with your commercial and residential real estate needs. Contact us today for a free consultation, or call us at 312-627-1650.