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Real Estate Tip: Risky Risk Allocation

Landlords and tenants spend a good deal of time deciding how to share risk, how to insure against it, and whether or not to provide indemnities with respect to it. When the leased premises is a place of public accommodation,...more

Five Holiday Season Tips for Retail Landlords

The holiday season brings many desirable things to a retail center: a fresh holiday look, a sense of excitement and anticipation, and most importantly — more traffic and customers. Along with these benefits, the holidays also...more

Disability Access Litigation on the Rise

In an article published recently in The Wall Street Journal (“Disability Lawsuits Against Small Businesses Soar,” October 15, 2014), staff writer Angus Loten reported that accessibility lawsuits brought under the Americans...more

Court Says "Porch-Like Structures" Do Not Violate ADA

In an important decision for retailers and other public accommodations, the Tenth Circuit overturned a lower court decision requiring that every "porch-like" entrance to Hollister retail establishments be remediated to be...more

‘Steering Clear of ADA Drive-By Lawsuits’: Three Tips For Better Managing ADA-Related Risk

When I defend Virginia property owners in lawsuits involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), certain plaintiffs greet me warmly as I walk up to depose them. Why? Because we have seen each other so many times we are...more

Curb Appeal: Looks Matter When It Comes to the ADA

I’m frequently asked two questions by business owners and managers when it comes to ADA compliance and lawsuits. The first question is, “what type of businesses get sued most often?”...more

Mandatory Disclosures Concerning Accessibility Compliance and Energy Consumption in California Commercial Properties

This article discusses two new disclosures that must be included in certain real estate contracts and leases. The disclosures pertain to Accessibility Compliance and Energy Consumption, and affect the required contents of...more

California Lease Disclosure Requirements Regarding ADA Accessibility Now In Effect

Beginning July 1, 2013, California commercial leases and rental agreements must include a disclosure regarding whether the property being leased has been inspected by a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) and, if a CASp...more

Action Required! New Commercial Lease Disclosure Concerning Disability Access Legal Requirements (California Civil Code Section...

This year, July 1 marks more than just the halfway point of the year. Effective July 1, commercial and nonresidential property owners in California have additional disclosure requirements to contend with courtesy of...more

New Commercial Lease Requirement for Disability Access Inspection Disclosure

Commercial lease agreements executed on or after July 1, 2013 must include a provision disclosing whether the premises has been inspected by a Certified Access Specialist and, if so, whether the property has been determined...more

SWIMMING UPSTREAM – Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements For Swimming Pools

As of January 31, 2013, all existing pools located at “public accommodations” must meet ADA standards. This requires the installation of a fixed lift for the pool areas. This short article attempts to answer some of the...more

SB 1186 Update: California Legislature Attempts to Promote Compliance with Accessibility Standards and to Curtail Vexatious...

In September 2012, the California State Legislature enacted SB 1186 in an effort to cut back on opportunistic litigation and encourage compliance with disability access laws. The new law imposes additional notice, procedural...more

New California Landlord Disclosure Requirements Effective July 1

Two new landlord disclosure requirements become effective in California on July 1, 2013. One requires that all new commercial leases state whether the property has been inspected for disability access—and if so, the results....more

New Accessibility Disclosure in Commercial Leases

As of July 1, 2013, California Civil Code §1938 will require all commercial leases to state whether the premises have been inspected by a “Certified Access Specialist” (“CASp”) and, if so, whether the premises has or has not...more

New Commercial Property Disclosure Requirements

A recent statute and set of regulations will shortly begin to impose new disclosure requirements on commercial landlords, property sellers, and borrowers in California for leases, purchases, and financings entered into on or...more

Be Prepared: New Commercial Lease Disclosure Requirements Under California Disability Access Laws Take Effect July 1, 2013

In the fall of 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1186 (SB 1186). Among other things, SB 1186 reforms California’s disability access laws by: (1) banning pre-lawsuit letters from lawyers demanding money;...more

New Accessibility Disclosure Requirements for Commercial Landlords in 2013

The California legislature and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently enacted separate laws imposing on landlords disclosure requirements relating to accessibility on commercial properties. In addition, the San...more

Legal Update: New Legally Required Disclosures

Starting July 1, 2013, you will be legally required to make the following additional disclosures in certain California real estate contracts and leases: Accessibility Compliance Disclosure: California Civil...more

New Law Aims to Cut Abuse in Disability Access Lawsuits

Most business and commercial property owners have had at least one brush with a disability access lawsuit. Because a defendant in these lawsuits must pay a successful plaintiff’s attorneys' fees, the lawsuits are often...more

Property Owners Have No Indemnification or Other Liability-Shifting Rights Against Consultants Whose Advice Results in ADA Title...

Owners of "public accommodations" covered by Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as public entities with facilities governed by Title II of the ADA, often rely on the advice of consultants for compliance...more

California Property and Business Owners Gain Protection from Predatory ADA Lawsuits

California business owners gained new protection against expensive, predatory lawsuits involving disability access laws last week as Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1186. It became effective September 19, 2012....more

New ADA Service Access and Facility Design Changes Implemented by the Department of Justice

Most companies are familiar with the “thou shalt not discriminate in any employment practices or decisions” part of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Such companies thus should be aware that this law has...more

U.S. Justice Department's New ADA Regulations and Accessibility Guidelines for Places of Public Accommodation and Public Entities

On July 23, 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released new regulations, under title II and title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), on accessibility for public entities and places of public...more

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