Trump faces legal row over plans to make Mar-a-Lago his home

Secret Service agents have stepped up their presence, and the builders are making renovations at Mar-a-Lago, but President Trump could face one more legal battle as he prepares to take up residence at his Florida club.

The terms of his 1993 deal to turn the estate into a private club specifically bars its use as a private residence, potentially complicating Trump’s post-election plans.

“There’s a legal problem with making it his residence,” said Laurence Leamer, who chronicles Trump’s bad-tempered relationship with Palm Beach’s council and his takeover of the estate in his book Mar-A-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace.

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