When you hire a contractor to complete building or repairs on your site -- whether it's residential or commercial -- you have some expectation that the contractor will complete the job he or she signed up for. The contractor, conversely, has some expectation that you will pay for the work that is done. These expectations should be spelled out in a contract, which is a legal protection for both you and the person doing the work.
One of the items on the ballot in California on Tuesday was Proposition 51. The bill included the funding of school construction projects across the state -- to the tune of $9 billion in state funds in the form of a bond. The money will be set aside to be provided to localities that need to repair existing buildings or construct new ones. The goal is to match local funding on such projects.
Eminent domain has been considered a right of governments in the United States for decades -- even centuries. One writer in 1879 noted that it doesn't require constitutional recognition and that any government -- from federal to local -- might be able to use it to seize land under certain circumstances. Eminent domain is restricted somewhat by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, though.
You might think that if soil movement caused damage to your home or building that you are out of luck with reparations. How could anyone be liable for the movement of the earth? The truth is, though, that developers can sometimes be held responsible for damage to your building if they allowed the building to be placed on soil that later moved or shifted.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 4,821 people lost their lives due to on-the-job accidents in 2014, and 17 percent of those fatal accidents involved contractors. Many of those contractors would have been on construction sites, and numerous noncontracted employees on construction sites were also included in that number. To help keep yourself safe when working in construction, it helps to understand the biggest risks.
Specific performance is a term related to contracts law, and it could be applicable to contracts between property owners and construction contractors. It could also be applicable when you are dealing with real estate transactions in the context of a construction project.
September is officially National Preparedness Month, and the United States Geological Survey has published links to a number of pages with helpful information about preparing for emergency conditions. Emergency issues that can arise in California include earthquakes, wild fires, flooding from El Nino and even tsunami issues on the coast.
Flood Insurance Rate Maps, or FIRMs, are more commonly referred to as flood maps. They provide guidelines regarding flooding risks, insurance and building requirements. In the wake of the devastating flooding in the Louisiana parishes near the Gulf Coast, California residents might want to revisit flood questions about their own properties.
If you are injured during a car accident or other such activity and the injury was caused by the actions or negligence of another person, you probably know you can seek compensation from that party through a legal claim. But what happens if you are a construction worker and you are injured in an accident on the job -- whether or not that accident involves a vehicle? On-the-job construction injuries can be a bit more complex.
Electricity is critical when working at a construction site because it often powers the tools needed to get the job done. When you're working on a site, you might also be working on or near existing electrical equipment, poles or lines, and that can be dangerous. Electrical shocks are a common reason for on-the-job injuries on construction sites, and taking some precautions can help you alleviate the risks of such injuries.