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California to Consider Significant Change to Eminent Domain Law Regarding a Condemnee's Right to Recover Litigation Expenses

On February 9, 2017, California Assembly Member Phillip Chen (a Republican from the 55th district) introduced Assembly Bill 408 (AB 408). AB 408 is styled as an “act to amend Section 1250.410 of the Code of Civil Procedure...more

Tax Reform Considerations for REITs

Various components of the tax reform proposals that have been put forth by the Congress as well as the President could have significant impacts on REITs. In 2016, the Republican leadership and Republicans on the House...more

The Texas Supreme Court Clarifies “Common Carrier” Status Criteria

Client Alert Takeaways Background This article is a supplement to our previous note discussing the regulatory regime for the transportation of CO2 across public and private land in the United States and the procurement of...more

Supreme Court of California Set to Decide Documentary Transfer Tax Case

The Supreme Court of California is slated to review a 2014 decision by the California Court of Appeal for the Second District, which held in 926 North Ardmore Avenue, LLC v. County of Los Angeles that a change in ownership of...more

The Housing White Paper: implications beyond the residential market

The recently published Housing White Paper "Fixing our broken housing market" outlines the government's proposals to boost housing supply in England. While the focus is, unsurprisingly, on residential land use and many of the...more

FinCEN Renewal of GTOs for High-End Cash Buyers in Six Markets

FinCEN announced today that it is renewing the existing Geographical Targeting Orders (GTOs) issued in July 2016 that require all title insurance companies to identify and report on the natural persons behind shell companies...more

When it Rains it Floods: California Rainstorms and Flood Insurance

Until very recently, the scarcity of water and the decline in oil prices in California prompted the joke that oil was being used as fracking fluid to get water out of the ground. In the last week, however, so much rain has...more

Property Tax Exemption Application Deadline Approaches

March 1st is the deadline for filing all property tax exemption applications in the state of Florida. No matter in which of the 67 Florida counties you own property, please be certain that any property tax exemptions you may...more

Property Acquisition: Five Signs of Trouble Ahead

As much as public agencies want infrastructure projects to go smoothly, they rarely do. Even when a project is seemingly rolling along through right of way acquisition, there are still hurdles that inevitably impact budgets...more

Ontario Municipal Board review: be careful what you wish for

NIMBYists and development antagonists across Ontario are rejoicing with the Province’s unveiling of its latest proposal to reform the Ontario Municipal Board (O.M.B.)....more

West Coast Real Estate Update: February 2017 #2

Jury Trial Waiver Undone by a Fundamental California Policy - It is common for commercial contracts to contain a choice of law provision. Some commercial contracts may even contain a clause that waives the right to seek...more

Depreciation of Labor Costs Class Action: Nebraska Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Insurer

I’ve regularly followed on my blog key developments in the numerous class actions against the insurance industry involving the application of depreciation to the labor cost component of estimated replacement cost value in...more

Bill in the Maryland General Assembly Would Permit Restrictions and Prohibitions On Smoking By Condos, HOAs and Landlords

House Bill 500, now pending the Maryland General Assembly, provides for a proposed amendment to Section 11-104 of the Maryland Condominium Act that would allow a condominium’s bylaws to include “a restriction or prohibition...more

New North Carolina Sales Tax Provisions for Contracts Related to Real Property

This alert is relevant for contractors who perform construction services on real property in the state of North Carolina. In South Carolina, contractors remain subject to the traditional sales or use tax at the time of all...more

The Construction Industry Scheme: Change in the air?

What does real estate investment have to do with the problem of tax evasion made possible by cash-in-hand payments in the building industry? Very little, one might suspect, but that has not prevented real estate investors...more

Mineral Lease Prevails in Louisiana Royalty Dispute

Prevails over what, you ask? In Gladney v. Anglo-Dutch Energy, LLC, a conditional allowable from the Office of Conservation didn’t supersede lease royalty obligations....more

Court Grants CFPB's Petition for Rehearing in PHH

The D.C. Circuit has vacated its prior order in PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and ordered the matter be reheard en banc. The parties have been specifically asked to address the following issues in...more

The Honeymoon Will Soon Be Over - D.C.’s Department of Energy and Environment to Begin Enforcing New Mold Assessment and...

By August 2017, the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) reports that it will begin to enforce recently promulgated Mold Assessment and Remediation Licensure Regulations (Regulations) for the...more

As Summer Approaches, Landlords And Brokers Must Beware Of Rental Permit Requirements

Municipalities on Long Island are struggling to control rental properties. In Southampton, rental properties are governed by Chapter 270 of the Southampton Town Code (the “Code”). Section 270-3 of the Code establishes that an...more

Important Deadlines Loom For Landlords Under Portland Residential Renter Protection Ordinance

For a very limited time, residential landlords can rescind some pending Notices of Termination and Notices of Rent Increases that would otherwise trigger Relocation Assistance under Portland’s new Renter Protection...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2017 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - Building apartments near transit brings in more money for cities and counties - Greater Greater Washington - Feb 2 - In the Washington, DC region, apartments near train...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017 #2

Governor’s $35 Million Housing Bond Discussed in Ways and Means Committee - Executive Director Gus Selig of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board revealed some of the details this week behind the $35 million bond...more

IRS is Getting More Info About Your Home Mortgage

This information will allow the IRS computers and personnel to make some judgments on whether a mortgage interest deduction was properly taken on an income tax return. Without this information, the IRS would have had to audit...more

CFPB Monthly Report Spotlights Mortgage Products

The CFPB has issued its monthly complaint report and is shining its spotlight on mortgage products. The Monthly Complaint Report provides a high level snap shot of trends in consumer complaints, using a three month rolling...more

New York Appellate Court Reaffirms Avenue For Lenders To Revive Dismissed Cases Following Expiration of Statute of Limitations

As we get further away from the financial crisis of 2008, the statute of limitations has become a much more asserted and examined defense in mortgage foreclosure actions. Last week, New York’s Appellate Division, Second...more

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