I came home to my ceiling leaking brown water this evening. After a few phone calls from me to the 24/7 answering service my landlord has set up, a maintenance man finally showed up. He deduced that the hot water pipes in the floor between my ceiling an my neighbor to the north's floor had burst. Meanwhile my counters, appliances drywall ceiling/wall/electrical outlets/lights and wood floors are soaked. The maintenance man said he turned off the water flow to the burst pipe, and said he would return tomorrow to ensure the walls/ceiling had dried, but I'm not comfortable with that response --- I feel that all of the waterlogged drywall/floor should be replaced and the appliances should be replaced. What do I do? Should I call a lawyer? Should I write/mail a certified letter to the landlord? I'd like action now, but feel like I'm being out by the wayside. Please help!
I'm about to enter the public school profession and am struggling with societal mindsets about who teachers have to be. Can public school teachers still be complex adults when they're off the job? [more inside]
Has someone violated my rights? [more inside]
Where should I stay in Amsterdam and what should I check out? I'm going to Amsterdam for two days and two nights the first week of January. I am a 26 year old single lesbian who is very interested in checking out the local hotspots for gay women and also visiting some art galleries. I would like to see some unusual art installations and/or performance art while I am there. Thank you! : ) [more inside]
How can I outfit my car with an automatic recording device to protect myself and my passengers from crime and civil rights violations? [more inside]
Please help me track down the source of the footage of John Lennon and Stew Albert that appears at 0:42-0:44 in the MSNBC segment, What is John Lennon's lasting legacy?", which aired on The Daily Rundown on December 9, 2010. [more inside]
As a tenant, what are my rights regarding my landlord's ability to sell the property to a new owner before the end of the lease? [more inside]
Who owns the rights to the logo artwork used in the 1970s kids TV show Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp? [more inside]
YANALFilter: I want to prepare a release form that gives me rights to use recordings I make of literary performances on the internet and radio. What should be included? [more inside]
I self-published a minicomic that someone now wants to adapt into a short film. Awesome! What issues should I be aware of? [more inside]
I want to turn a short play into a short film. If completed, it'll be a low-budget affair seen at a few festivals and hopefully online; the play was first performed in 1990 and the playwright is still alive. How do I go about getting the rights to film his play, or see if I can even think about affording it?
What questions should I ask my parents about their recollections of growing up in the civil rights era in Montgomery, Alabama?
What questions should I ask my parents about their recollections of growing up in the civil rights era in Montgomery, Alabama? [more inside]
YANML and I'm not looking for legal advice but I'd like to know what rights/entitlements a stay-at-home mom of two in California has when her husband of 13 years walks out on her. [more inside]
Is USPS mail an "essential service" for the purposes of tenant rights law? [more inside]
My brother rents a property in Virginia and after a storm four months ago, a massive tree was struck by lightning and fell and is now blocking their driveway. They are still able to drive through the yard to get to the house but the landlord has been dragging his feet to remedy this situation. What can he do? [more inside]
Could Native Americans own land in America in the years between 1700-1900? [more inside]
I'm a dude going to marry a dude in New York State. Said dude I am going to marry is a resident alien from the UK. Will the UK recognize the marriage? Does he become an American Citizen by marrying him? Does that counteract his UK citizenship? What are my rights, here?
What are the photography laws in South Korea? [more inside]
Do I have the right to enforce my copyright on product photos taken whilst employed by the manufacturer?
What are my rights regarding photos taken of a company's products while I was employed there? [more inside]
Friend signed a July 1 lease on a condo. Found out today that the owner is prohibited by the condo association from renting to her. Movers are scheduled for July 7. Now what? [more inside]
I want to learn more about the animal rights issue in Australia in the context of animals being raised for slaughter. Where do I start? [more inside]
I would like to keep one admin account on a Mac from stripping admin privileges from other admin accounts. [more inside]
I'm trying to find public domain e-books of English language teaching material that I can adapt into online courses. [more inside]
If a tenant's safety is severely threatened, can they legally bypass the lease agreement and break the lease? [more inside]
I need advice about how to ensure a photo shoot and the resulting photos will be privacy protected. [more inside]
Garnering sympathy for a cause? [more inside]
Help me find the person who took this photo (or has the rights to license it). Assuming the filename is accurate, it's a photo from the Velvet Revolution in Prague circa 1989. [more inside]
Seriously, they told me my check was in the mail.... and I believed them. How do I protect myself during an employer's bankruptcy?
My employer filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy with little warning. What can I and my fellow employees (both currently employed and those recently laid off) do to protect ourselves? [more inside]
[Life Path/Career Advice Filter]: How can someone a person with diagnosed depression work in the field of social justice?
[Life Path/Career Advice Filter]: How can someone a person with diagnosed depression work in the field of human rights and social justice? [more inside]
A year ago, a freelance professional photographer took a really good photo of me for a industry publication. I'd like to buy the rights to the photo for personal professional use (e.g. office website bio), but I know nothing about the process. [more inside]
Do you have personal experience or anecdotes of what happened when a police officer requested an ID from you and you refused? [more inside]
Songs about fighting the law, and winning. [more inside]
[TenantsRightsFilter] I know that landlords and property management companies are required to provide hot water, but is there a time frame associated with this hot water? [more inside]
Help me find a way to purchase this home in MA -- another buyer has filed an intent to purchase, but has not signed the Purchase and sales agreement. home inspection has been completed. Seller is willing to sell to me, the dual real estate agent says no. [more inside]
I live in an apartment with someone who was, until recently, a good friend. We're both on the lease. I've been unemployed for some time & he agreed to pick up my half of the rent until I get a new job. That's recently changed & now he's threatening to throw my things out & evict me. [more inside]
I just had an offer for my absolute dream job at a large British bank in New York rescinded 2 days before I was to show up for work. I had signed all forms and passed the background check, but I came up as positive on the (gc-ms urine) drug test for - of all things - benzodiazepines. I have never taken a benzodiazepine and am posting anonymously so you know I have zero reason to lie. [more inside]
Facebook is showing a naked picture of my back (with a distinctive tattoo) on one of their banner ads. I did not authorize and do not like this. What can I do about it? [more inside]
What's the best way to find out if a pre-existing work has already been optioned for an adaptation to a different medium? Specifically, if a film has been optioned for a musical. [more inside]
My girlfriend recently found out her parents will be getting a divorce. She just graduated undergrad but still lives at home. She also has college debt that she's trying to pay off so she could move out. However the mother is looking to move out of state and she doesn't want to go with her. [more inside]
What additional rights do out of state gay marriages give for New Yorkers? [more inside]
Would it be a good idea to write to a band via myspace to ask for permission to use their music in my student audio project? The project (if it's good) could end up on the school's audio website. If it's really good (and I can't say yet that it will be), it's possible I'd want to pitch it to radio programs. [more inside]
My company has posted my photo along with those of other employees on its website. I'm not comfortable with having my picture online, in any context, and would like to ask that it be removed. I'll ask politely, but if my boss insists that it stays, I'd like to know what my rights are. I wasn't asked for permission. I'm in BC, so I guess I'm wondering particularly about BC laws and/or precedents. Please advise, so I know where I stand!
They lived in the same apartment for over 35 years, but problems have developed with the tenant on the lease and she might be going away. What rights does the other person living there have to stay in the apartment if he has never been on the lease? [more inside]
I have reason to believe that someone is staging unauthorized, illegal public viewings of various films. [more inside]
To what extent is the Tea Party opposing current government overreach as distinct from potential problems? [more inside]
How can a disabled (paralysed) person sign a legal document? [more inside]
We are renting a duplex in California. Landlord decided to go on a construction kick and revamp the entire exterior. Can we refuse? [more inside]
Can my company force me to have a Twitter account? [more inside]
How do political philosophers arrive at the idea of "natural rights?" [more inside]
I put a down payment on an apartment but the landlord delayed until I backed out. Now he's delaying repayment of the down payment. What should I do? YANML. [more inside]