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Building permits, March 27, 2016

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.

Champaign

Habitat for Humanity, new single-family dwelling at 904 N. Hickory St., $100,000.

Building permits, March 20, 2016

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.

Champaign

MSA Architects, office alteration at 401 S. Chestnut St., $160,000.

John Roska: Lead paint and tenants

Q: Can I have the landlord test for lead paint? If lead is found, what are my rights? Does the landlord have to remove it?

A: Landlords don't have to test for lead paint. They can only be required to remove lead paint when a tenant's blood tests show someone's been exposed to lead.

Urbana hopes tax abatements help fill empty lots

Urbana: Land of the Tigers (and homebuyers)

Two big hospitals may not be the happiest residents these days but the city of Urbana continues to ride a hot streak of turning "For Sale" signs into "Sold.". The latest on local housing, from the Champaign County Association of Realtors' just-released February report:

Urbana hospital properties taken back off tax rolls

URBANA — Urbana residents won't be getting hoped-for property tax relief this year.

Less than two months after putting Carle health system and Presence Covenant Medical Center properties back on the local tax rolls, the Champaign County Board of Review voted Tuesday night to remove them once again, the board's final action before it went out of session for the 2015 tax season.

Building permits, March 13, 2016

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000.

Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.

Champaign

Habitat for Humanity, new single-family dwelling at 512 W. Beardsley Ave., $100,000.

John Roska: Who's liable for utility bill when couple splits?

Q: I've been separated from my spouse for about a year. When I applied for utility service, they said I had to pay a bill in my spouse's name, from a place where he lived after we separated. Am I liable for his bill?

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Building permits, March 6, 2016

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000.

Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.

Champaign

No new permits.

Mahomet

John Roska: The homestead exemption and creditors

Q: I want to know how the "homestead exemption" works if I sell my house. I have a judgment against me for $5,000. My wife and I expect to clear $25,000 when we sell our house, and pay off the mortgage. Do we have to pay the $5,000 judgment? Or can we protect the sale proceeds using that exemption?