When Are Permits Required?
While laws may vary from city to county to state, many states, such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania follow the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). The UCC, generally, requires a permit if you intend to “construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a residential building.” Essentially, you’ll need a permit to knit up the holes in your socks.
Permits Not Required
However, there are certain exceptions. Permits are not required for:
Building a fence less than 6 feet tall,
Building a retaining wall less than 4 feet tall,
Repainting inside and outside the home,
Replacing glass in any window or door,
Replacing less than 25 percent of roof material within any 12-month period,
Repairing leaks or clearing blockages in plumbing,
Replacing bathroom features, and many more.
Getting a Permit
To get a
If a prospective tenant asks, “Do you accept Section 8?” how do you respond? Can you say no, or must you always say yes?
Some landlords like having Section 8 tenants because it’s a guaranteed source of on-time rental income. However, others are wary of having to deal with Section 8 bureaucracy and would like to avoid it altogether.
Do landlords have a choice, or do they have to accept a Section 8 tenant?
1. Stay Calm
Any run-in with the police can be intimidating and stressful. Above all else, you should stay calm. Don’t let fear overwhelm you into saying things that aren’t true. Whatever you say can be used against you later on, even if the police haven’t read you your Miranda rights yet (more on that later). Also, do not run or become belligerent with the police. You never know how aggressively they may react, and you could get hurt.
2. Know Your Rights
These may sound familiar but they are important. You have the right to:
You always have the right to remain silent, even if the police didn’t tell you so. Police aren’t required to read you the Miranda Warning until you’re in custody and being interrogated.
When police walk up to you on the street or knock on your door, you are not