Welcome to the Legal Section of C.A.R. Online, where REALTORS® legal needs are met with the latest information and legal updates. Look below for the latest legal news during the last two weeks. You'll see Regulatory News, new Realegals®, and What's Hot announcements.
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Feb. 25, 2015 Legal Article: The C.A.R. Form titled Wood Destroying Pest Inspection and Allocation of Cost Addendum (WPA) was removed from the C.A.R. Standard Forms library when the revised Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA) was released in November 2014. C.A.R. members who were used to using the WPA have inquired why the change was made and what impact it will have on real estate transactions. This Q&A addresses the most common questions about removal of the WPA as well as makes suggestions for how to proceed in current transactions using the available forms.
Jan. 28, 2015 (revised) Legal Article: This Q&A will review the various issues surrounding the landlord’s ability to restrict a tenant’s ability to keep pets and possible liability issues when pets are allowed and has been updated as follows:
Question 9 Added discussion of C.A.R. Pet Addendum (form PA).
Question 13. Added mention of pending regulations on service and support animals.
Jan. 13, 2015 (revised) Legal Article: This article is in two parts. First, it is a Q&A that reviews the law regarding both the form entitled "Disclosure Regarding Real Estate Agency Relationships" (C.A.R. Form AD) and the confirmation of the agency relationship. Secondly, there is an Agency Law Summary Chart. The Q&A has been revised as follows:
Question 1 revised to reflect changes in the law regarding which transactions require an agency disclosure form.