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Affidavit as to Military Service (Eviction)

Form to file with the court in an eviction case verifying Military Service.

Basic Facts About the Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act covers most housing. In some circumstances, the Act exempts owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker, and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.

Getting Your Security Deposit Back

This information provides a brief overview of what to do if your landlord won't give you your security deposit back when you move out.

Homeownership: Oklahoma

Owning a home is a big part of the American Dream. Here are some resources that can help you buy, maintain and keep your home. Getting Started, Buying a Home, Owning and Maintaining Your Home and Other Oklahoma Resources on this web site.

Home Ownership Options for Seniors

A guide to help you select the best home ownership option in your specific circumstances.

Housing Options for Senior Citizens

Looking for housing options for yourself, an aging parent, relative, or friend? Do some research first to determine what kind of assistance or living arrangement you need; what your health insurance might cover; and what you can afford. Check here for financial assistance resources and guides for making the right choice.

How to Get Your Landlord to Make Repairs

If you want your landlord to fix something, you must follow the rules set out in the law. If you fail to follow the rules carefully, you run the risk of being evicted for nonpayment of rent.

HUD in Oklahoma

Visit this website to get up to date news on housing developments in the state of Oklahoma and services available. This website is also available in Spanish.

Human Rights - FAQ

Brief frequently asked questions sheet on Human Rights and discrimination

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Form

Landlords, Sellers or Agents and contractors are required to give you a warning statement on housing built before 1978. This is the form.

Medicaid for Nursing Home Residents

Questions and Answers on Medicaid for Nursing Home Residents. Rules change frequently so please check with your DHS office or a lawyer familiar with Medicaid for more specific information.

Mortgage Fraud and Predatory Mortgages

Information on Predatory Mortgage practices, how predators work, warning signs and how to avoid the sting.

Protect Your Family From Lead

For homes built before 1978, lead paint can be hazardous to young children or pregnant women. Learn about the hazards in this material. Landlords and contractors are required to make certain disclosures about the paint.

Residents' Rights in Nursing Homes, Assisted Living and Residential Care Facilities

Know your rights for clients and family members living in nursing homes, assisted living and residential care facilities.

Reverse Mortgages

Information about Reverse Mortgages, a way for Seniors to convert home equity into cash.

Reverse Mortgages: Are They for You?

Some people may need a reverse mortgage to add to retirement income or to meet health care or other financial needs.

Scam-Proofing for Seniors

Information on common scams, myths and tactics to avoid becoming a victim to scam artists.

Seniors Citizens Handbook

This Handbook is a project of the Oklahoma Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (OBA/YLD). Its purpose is to be an easy-to-read guide for senior citizens to use in their daily activities. This Handbook is intended to be only an introduction to issues of concern to seniors.

The Fair Housing Act

Read the Fair Housing Act, 42 USC 3601, Sec 801

Transfer on Death Deed (or Beneficiary Deed)

On November 1, 2008, Oklahoma's Nontestamentary Transfer of Property Act? (Title 58 O.S. §§ 1251-1258) went into effect. This law allows a record owner to use a Transfer-On-Death Deed to name another person to receive his real estate without going through probate. This transfer does not take effect until the landowners death. The person receiving the property (called the beneficiary) must take certain steps to make the transfer legal.

Understanding Elder Law Ethics

Understanding the Four C's of Elder law Ethics: client identification, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, compentency.

What Are Your Rights and Duties As a Tenant?

FAQ provided by the Oklahoma Bar Association.

What Are Your Rights As a Landlord?

Frequently asked questions on being a landlord.

When A Joint Tenant Dies

If you own a house or land with another person as joint tenants and that person dies, you can place the home or land in your name without going through probate. You do not need a lawyer to do this. You will have to file some papers with the County Clerk.

When Do You Need Joint Tenancy?

FAQ provided by the Oklahoma Bar Association.

Affidavit as to Military Service (Eviction)

Form to file with the court in an eviction case verifying Military Service.

I am being evicted! What can i do?

What should you do? Go to court!

Oklahoma Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

Link to the Oklahoma Statutes regarding the Residential Landlord and Tenant issues.

Affidavit as to Military Service (Eviction)

Form to file with the court in an eviction case verifying Military Service.

Transfer on Death Deed (or Beneficiary Deed)

On November 1, 2008, Oklahoma's Nontestamentary Transfer of Property Act? (Title 58 O.S. §§ 1251-1258) went into effect. This law allows a record owner to use a Transfer-On-Death Deed to name another person to receive his real estate without going through probate. This transfer does not take effect until the landowners death. The person receiving the property (called the beneficiary) must take certain steps to make the transfer legal.

When A Joint Tenant Dies

If you own a house or land with another person as joint tenants and that person dies, you can place the home or land in your name without going through probate. You do not need a lawyer to do this. You will have to file some papers with the County Clerk.

When A Surviving Joint Tenant Dies

If you own a house in joint tenancy with the right of survivorship and the individual that you have the joint tenancy with dies, you can terminate the tenancy and place the home in your name only.

Before you sign a lease or rental agreement (video)

Before you sign a lease or rental agreement take a look around and note any damages.

Reverse Mortgages (Audio)

A reverse mortgage is a loan against your home that you do not have to pay back for as long as you live in your home. With a reverse mortgage, you can turn the value of your home into cash and not have to make monthly repayments. The total loan must be paid back when the last surviving borrower dies, sells the home, or permanently moves away. Reverse mortgages are quite a bit different from other types of debt. These loans can be complicated, and you have a lot at stake. So be sure to investigate reverse mortgages carefully before deciding if one makes sense for you.

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