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Jail or prison - Proximity to a jail, prison or other detention facility.
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Kangaroo rat - A rodent that has been designated as endangered by some governmental agencies and thereby may create development constraints.
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Land area - The square footage or acreage of a parcel of land.
Land contract - A contract to transfer property upon the payment of the terms of a contract.
Land disposal - The placement of waste or contaminants on the land, such as a landfill, surface impoundment, waste pile, injection well, land treatment facility, salt dome or salt bed formation, underground mine, cave, bunker, or vault.
Landfill - A site that is used for trash disposal. May cause environmental problems or neighborhood nuisances.
Landslide - A sudden or creeping movement of earth downslope.
Leach - To dissolve contaminants by percolating liquid in order to separate the soluble components.
Leachate - A liquid, such as suspended compounds in liquid, that has percolated through or drained from hazardous materials.
Lead - A chemical element that is considered environmentally hazardous in some situation where it may be ingested.
Lead-based paint - Paint that has lead added as one of its ingredients. Considered hazardous if ingested.
Leakage - An unintended seepage of fluids, such as water or gasoline, that requires repairs or remediation.
Lease - A property that is encumbered by a lease.
Leased fee - The interests of the landlord. The rate specified in the lease may differ from the market over time.
Lease option - A provision within the lease to extend the lease, generally at the tenants option, at a specified rate and for a specified term.
Leasehold - The interests of the tenant. The terms of the lease may differ from the market over time.
Legal action - A property where there is or has been a legal claim that impacts the property.
Legal non-conforming - A property that was legally constructed but where the zoning or other use restrictions have subsequently changed and would not allow the current improvement to be built if the current structure was removed or destroyed.
Levees - Embankments to protect flooding along rivers or other bodies of water.
Liquefaction - The amalgamation or settlement of soils, such as resulting from a seismic event.
Lithology - The description of rocks, based on their physical and chemical characteristics.
Lithosphere - The solid part of the earth below the surface, including any groundwater.
Littoral zone - The area between the low tide water mark and the high tide water mark.
Loading capacity - The maximum level of contaminant discharge that water can receive without violating water quality standards.
Loans - Funds that have been borrowed where a property is used to secure the debt.
Low income - A property that has been designated by governmental agencies for low-income housing or other use. Often, these properties were subsidized or designated as low housing as consideration for governmental permits or approvals.
LUST - Leaking Underground Storage Tank.
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