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Nonresidential Condominium Bill Becomes Law

Last week Governor Rick Scott signed into law SB 440, which became Chapter 2014-14 of Florida Laws. This bill removes the requirements imposed on residential condominiums under the Florida Condominium Act regarding elections...more

IRS Issues Another Significant Ruling on Spin-off of Real Estate

In certain recent transactions, a corporation distributes a subsidiary corporation holding the distributing corporation’s real estate assets to the distributing corporation’s shareholders in a tax-free “spin-off.” Not only...more

An Overview of Condominium Amalgamation

What is “Amalgamation”? It is a consolidation, joining, union or marriage of two or more parties. For condominiums, it means merging two or more similarly built and managed condominium corporations so that it becomes one...more

DBO Filing Procedures Set To Change Big Time

When I joined the Department of Corporations, it had no website and filings were made only in hard copy. In the ensuing years, the Department (now known as the Department of Business Oversight) created a website, established...more

Proposed Section 752 Regulations and LIHTC Transactions: Part I

One of the hot topics at the recent ABA Taxation Section meetings in Washington, D.C. was the IRS’s proposed regulations regarding the allocation of partnership recourse and nonrecourse liabilities under section 752 of the...more

The Palm II Court Decision Cracks Down On Condominium Boards

On March 21, 2014, the Illinois Appellate Court entered a Rule 23 Order in Palm vs. 2800 Lake Shore Drive Condominium Association ("Palm II"). A Rule 23 Order may not be cited as precedent in other cases in Illinois courts,...more

Appellate Court Opines On Propriety Of Communications Between Condominium Board Members

On the heels of the long-awaiting reversal of the Spanish Courts II appellate decision, condominium associations have been hit again with a First District Appellate Court ruling which has the potential to drastically impact...more

Illinois Supreme Court Reaffirms Forcible Entry Remedy, Reversing in Spanish Court Two Condominium

One of the two most anxiously awaited cases on the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil docket was handed down this morning, and it was a big win for Illinois condominium associations: a sharply divided Court reversed the...more

Joint Venturer May Be Partner By Estoppel

Benjamin Disraeli is often credited with saying “With words we rule men”. I haven’t found a source for that particular quotation. Even if he never uttered or wrote those words, I like the quote and the idea that the former...more

IRS Issues Long-Promised Guidance Following Historic Boardwalk Decision

To welcome in the new year, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued Rev. Proc. 2014-12, 2014-3 I.R.B. 415, to provide administrative guidance to the federal historic tax credit industry in the aftermath of the Third...more

Editorial: Pitfalls In Fla.'s Revised Condo Termination Statute

In 2007, the condominium termination statute (Section 718.117 of Florida Statutes) was completely rewritten to address problems with an aging condominium inventory and declarations that typically required 100 percent of unit...more

RETT: Reentry of partner in property owning partnership

Transfer of interests leads to loss of qualification as a former partner within the meaning of Sec. 1 para 2a RETTA. The Federal Financial Court of Germany recently decided that real estate transfer tax (RETT) is due...more

BFH: Grunderwerbsteuer bei Wiedereintritt eines Gesellschafters in die Personengesellschaft

Verlust der (Alt-)Gesellschafterstellung in einer Personengesellschaft i.S.d. § 1 Abs. 2a GrEStG durch zivilrechtlich wirksame Übertragung des Mitgliedschaftsrechts. In einem kürzlich veröffentlichten Urteil (II R 3/11)...more

Buying a house from a non-human entity or the dead

The tale behind a real estate transaction usually follows the same pattern: a potential buyer approaches a seller after viewing the advertised property, negotiations commence and the parties arrive at a meeting of the minds...more

Common Elements Deficiency Claims – A Recent Case Decision

In a recent court decision, the court determined that it was legal for a developer to limit its liability with respect to common elements deficiency claims so that the developer would not be responsible for any claims in...more

The Condominium Corporation and the Developer Board

Upon the registration of a condominium plan at Land Titles (or the first phase of a condominium plan in the case of a phased development), a condominium corporation is created. The condominium corporation is the vehicle by...more

Calif. Taxpayers: You Can['t] Check Out Any Time You Like

For California's high-earners and business owners, Proposition 30's passage in November 2012 was a "cross the Rubicon" moment. First, Proposition 30 increased tax rates retroactively to the beginning of 2012....more

Editorial: Fla.'s 'Safe Harbor' Most Litigators Are Not Familiar With

First mortgage lenders acquiring title to collateral consisting of condominium units or homes in a homeowners community are afforded protection against assessment liability under both the Florida Condominium Act (Chapter 718...more

Condominium Act 2014? Manager Licensing

The sensational stories in the news over the past few years, about condominium corporations left with depleted reserve funds as a result of fraud by condo managers, has now piqued the government’s and public’s interest in the...more

Condominium Act Update On Stage Two Recommendations – Governance

The Stage 2 Solutions Report on the Condominium Act review (the “Report”) identifies five key areas for improvement relating to condo governance. The key areas and recommendations are summarized below...more

Condominium Act 2014? Update On Stage Two Recommendations On Consumer Protection

As we noted in our previous blog, the Stage Two Solutions Report on the Condominium Act Review (the “Report”) focused on five major areas where it was noted that changes are recommended. One of these areas is consumer...more

Manufacturers May Be Exempt From Liability Under the Condominium Act

In a recent decision, the Fourth District Court of Appeal of Florida strictly construed the terminology of the Condominium Act in favor of material manufacturers. See Port Marina Condo. Assoc., Inc. v. Roof Svcs., Inc., --...more

Muddying the Waters on Policy Stacking Law: Perspectives on Insurance Recovery Newsletter – Summer 2013

In This Issue: - Federal Housing Finance Agency Proposes New Rules on Lender-Placed Insurance - J.P. Morgan Decision Curtails the Phantom “Restitution Defense” to D&O Coverage - Bad-Faith Claims...more

Allocation Of Common Expense Payments By Condominium Corporations

Most condominium owners pay their monthly common expenses by way of pre-authorized payments. The question that frequently arises is whether these payments can be allocated by the condominium corporation to other unpaid...more

2013 Legislative Changes Affecting Condominiums, Homeowners Associations, Cooperatives And Timeshares

The 2013 Florida Legislature was very busy passing new legislation related to the operation and development of condominiums, homeowners associations, cooperatives and timeshares....more

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