A Note From The Legal Helpdesk: Queries From the Field
March 26, 2019
Here are some of the questions asked by REALTORS® and answered by the Alabama REALTORS® Legal Helpdesk. The topics include posting signs along state highways, proper use of “team” names in advertisements, Section 8 assistance for Veterans and an unrecorded easement. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions. If you have a question, submit it here!
Advertising Signs on State Highways
Q: I put some signs in a rural area by a state highway to advertise property for sale nearby. The owners of the property where I placed the signs gave me permission to do so, but I was told by an official with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) that I could only put the signs on properties by state highways that I was selling. Since the signs were advertising property away from the highways, the signs were supposed to be within 660 feet of the state right of way. Is the ALDOT official correct?
Rules on “Team” Names in Advertisements
Q: I have recently joined a new realty company but want to use my former company name (of which I was the sole owner and operator) as a “team” name at my new company. My signs, for example, would say “Old Company, brokered by New Company.” What legal considerations are there for this situation?
Section 8 Assistance for Veterans
Q: Does the State of Alabama have a program for Veterans similar to Section 8, a program that will assist them in the cost of renting property?
Q: A piece of property is land-locked but has an access driveway that crosses another property. While the driveway has been used for 40 plus years, there is no deeded easement. What are the legal requirements when that property sells?
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