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Right to Farm Law Update

What do you think, “Right to Farm Laws,” do for you? I know there are two sides to every issue. Homeowners want to pursue peace and quiet in a clean and wholesome environment free from harmful and annoying noise and odors. On the other side of the story is a family trying to make a living with enough troubles from changing weather, regulations, increasing taxes, and operating costs.

The usual story we hear concerning farming is after a new subdivision is built, people move in, and the country life does not agree with their dreams and what they imagined before making the move. So someone or a group files a complaint and then a lawsuit against the farmer or farmers in the area. The lawsuit may be as trivial as too much noise in the early morning to chemical over spray. Which may cause health issues. On the other hand, odors from chicken farms, manure spreading, and other sources are other popular complaints. Does the new neighbor or neighborhood have the right to put the farmer out of business, or make them spend countless funds to rectify a situation they lived with all their lives? My suggestion is to investigate the situation and location before you decide to purchase any home inside or outside the city. You are not only moving into a home, you are moving into a community.

It seems there is no open and shut case or clear explanation when it comes to farm rights. Everything hinges on who or what was on the location first. If the farm was conducting general business before a new residential area was added, the farm will generally have certain rights to claim. If a new operation is added that turns out to be a nuisance, the new residents may have a complaint. Every complaint is heard on a case by case basis.

Problems may arise. Remember, farming communities were based on the neighbor helping neighbor policy where a face to face meeting and a hand shake is worth more than gold. Talk it over with your neighbor. See of you can come to a solution, or find out the nuisance is only temporary. A good talk can solve problems and help you sleep at night.

This link is a rather detailed explanation of Wisconsin farm laws, and protection for farms. It is rather general. If problems escalate, the best step is to consult with an attorney who is familiar with farming laws and protection.

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/misc/lrb/wisconsin_policy_project/wisconsin_policy_project_2_5.pdf

Smart Phones and Homes

There is something you may not have considered with your next home purchase. What if your next home includes some of the new so called, “smart devices?” What if the Seller has set up their home with door locks, surveillance, heating controls, and other controls on the house? If the proper measures are not taken, the Seller will still have access to your new home and control over features you don’t want anyone to control.

Buying a home with smart features requires another layer of preparation and for lack of a better term, set up. No one wants a former owner with access to video cameras, heating units, stove, refrigerator, nor the front door. So how do you protect yourself against the possibility of invasions when the house is transferred from one owner to another?

Smart Home Options

It seems there are a lot of options when it comes to purchasing smart home equipment. Most easily link to a smart phone app that offers a variety of options. When you read up on some of those options, it becomes apparent that some companies didn’t plan for the sale of the home and those features. What are the options? Depending upon the actual product, there may be no option other than to remove the equipment. At whose expense? Other smart home products offer a seamless transfer from one user to the next. Some products may offer agreements that can be included in the Offer to Purchase and final closing documents. That type of information is important. A good Listing Agent can and should investigate those types of scenarios and plan ahead. Those types of features need to be disclosed during the sale process.

Changing Smart Home Users

Smart devises normally operate through an application on a smart phone. They all require a password that is saved to your phone. The easiest way to transfer ownership of smart devices for the home is to:

  • Install the smart devise app on your phone.
  • You will need the password from the previous owner to access the devises.
  • The previous owner can change their password to a temporary password to transfer ownership and control.
  • The new owner enters the current password, accesses the account, then changes the password so only they have access to the smart devises.
  • Other set up may be required.

It’s a good thing we have the Internet and companies who market smart devises for homes have websites. Those websites have instructions and manuals that can be downloaded and reviewed. Most also have online support. Check with the Seller before the transaction is complete to get details on support. Is the support free? Is support limited, or lifetime? Are there fees involved in a transfer? Are there monthly fees involved? There are a number of questions that could come up. All of these details have to be addressed before the final closing and transfer when the home will be occupied by the Buyer.