Real Estate

Dedicated Real Estate Lawyers Serving Central Arkansas
Experienced Attorneys Helping with Complex Real Property Law Matters in Arkansas

Whether you are buying a house to lease out or are in the midst of a commercial property deal, you need to be represented by an attorney you trust. At Huffman Butler, PLLC your best interests are our top priority. We understand how difficult real estate transactions and negotiations can be, but we are prepared to handle any potential complication. By anticipating the possible problems you may encounter we can help you avoid negative outcomes. We represent clients throughout Central Arkansas in both commercial and residential real estate matters.
Guiding You Through Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Commercial real estate law can be complicated, with many different facets. Between the buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, brokers, developers and others, there are many different people and organizations involved that can cause problems and disputes. These disputes can have a major effect on how your business functions, and you need to ensure that your interests are protected.

We assist clients in matters involving:
  • Acquisitions and sales
  • Leases
  • Real estate development
  • Financing
  • Land use and zoning
  • Construction
  • Title insurance
  • Closings
  • Real estate contracts
We have extensive experience handling cases involving office buildings, shopping centers, malls, hotels and more. Don’t let confusing real estate issues affect the success of your business. Our knowledgeable attorneys can negotiate and draft contracts that are clear and concise, protecting you if litigation is necessary in the future. We have the skill to guide you through the most complex Arkansas commercial real estate issues.
Handling All Aspects of Residential Real Estate

Buying or selling your home are probably among the biggest transactions you will ever make. As the homeowner, it is important that you have assistance to deal with all of the legal issues that can arise as you sign contracts, deal with tax issues, face insurance companies, and more. We can help you handle every aspect of your real estate transaction, including:
  • Condominium law
  • Homeowners association law
  • Easements
  • Evictions
  • Foreclosures
  • Lease agreements
  • Rental agreements
  • Mortgages
  • Sales contracts
  • Lending documents
  • Permits and zoning
  • Closings
With our help, buying or selling a home will go smoothly. If disputes do arise, our skilled litigators can assert your rights. We defend you against foreclosure and represent both landlords in cases involving evictions or other disputes.
Understanding Zoning and Land Use Laws in Arkansas

Land use and zoning regulations are used by local governments to control property development. A municipality is divided into zones designated for residential, commercial or industrial use. Each zone has its own regulations and restrictions, including size of buildings, types of buildings, size of parking lots and more. These laws regulate what you can build or if an area of land is protected by historical significance. In many cases, you cannot make adjustments to properties without first understanding that area’s land use and zoning laws. These laws are complicated and often confusing. Our attorneys are experienced at representing both commercial and residential clients in zoning and land use matters. Trust us to ensure that you abide by the law while developing your property.

Representing Landlords in Disputes

As a landlord, you will inevitably face a difficult tenant at some point. If a dispute arises, it is important that you understand the legal implications. At Huffman Butler, PLLC our attorneys are experienced handling these types of disputes. We understand the rights of both parties, and we work closely with you to resolve any issues. If you are dealing with a complicated landlord-tenant law matter, turn to our firm.
Understanding Arkansas Landlord Laws

In Arkansas, there are a number of laws in place to protect both landlords and tenants, including:
  • A landlord cannot charge more than two months’ rent for a security deposit.
  • The security deposit must be returned within 60 days after a tenant moves.
  • If the deposit is not returned, a tenant can sue the landlord in small claims court for up to $5,000.
  • If a tenant does not pay rent on time, the landlord can charge a late fee if it was stipulated in the rental agreement. If it is not in the agreement, the landlord cannot charge a late fee.
  • A landlord must give a tenant at least 10 days’ notice of an increase in rent.
  • A landlord may not raise the rent for a discriminatory reason.
These are just a few of the many landlord-tenant laws in Arkansas. An experienced real estate attorney at our firm can further explain the laws and how they affect you.
What is the Arkansas Eviction Process?

Before evicting a tenant, the landlord must first legally terminate the tenancy through a written notice. If the tenant does not pay their rent, the landlord can file an “unconditional quit notice,” which gives the tenant three days to move out. In Arkansas, a landlord can also evict a tenant using an unconditional quit notice for the following reasons:
  • Nonpayment of rent
  • Engaging in illegal gambling
  • Engaging in prostitution
  • Unlawful sale of alcohol
If the tenant violates the terms of the lease or rental agreement, they have 14 days from the date they receive the landlord’s written notice to either fix the problem or move out. If a tenant does not fix the issue or move out in the allotted time, the landlord can then file a lawsuit for eviction.

Sometimes, no violation has occurred but the landlord still wants to evict a tenant. If a tenant is living on the property on a week-to-week basis, the landlord must give seven days’ notice before evicting. If the tenant is there on a month-to-month basis, the landlord must give 30 days’ notice. Our skilled attorneys can help landlords draft eviction notices that follow state laws.
Contact Our Experienced Arkansas Real Estate Attorneys

If you are dealing with real estate issues in central Arkansas, the attorneys at Huffman Butler, PLLC can help. Call us at 501-574-9935 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our office location in Saline County.
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