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Development Approval Extensions Available

Governor Scott has recently issued two emergency declarations applicable to specific Florida Counties, providing opportunities for extending certain development approvals and permits within those areas. Section 252.363,...more

New Hampshire Enacts Business-Friendly Tax Changes

Three business-friendly tax bills have become law in New Hampshire. Each bill will result in tax reductions for those able to take advantage of them. The New Hampshire Business Profits Tax generally “piggybacks” on the...more

Is Anyone Home? Washington Supreme Court Interprets Two-Step Vacancy Endorsement

Disputes involving “vacancy” exclusions typically involve the appropriate definition of that word. The recently-decided case of Lui v. Essex Ins. Co., 2016 Wash. LEXIS 692 (Wash. June 9, 2016) presents a somewhat different...more

New York and North Carolina Take a Narrow Approach to Common Interest Doctrine

Brief Summary - The "common interest doctrine" generally protects attorney-client communications, even if such communications are disclosed to a third party, as long as the third party shares a common legal interest with...more

SCOTUS Gives Landowners New Tools to Challenge Wetlands Permitting Decisions

The United States Supreme Court handed landowners and developers a win this month in a unanimous decision allowing appeals to federal courts of Army Corps of Engineers determinations that a body of water or wetland is subject...more

Getting Comfortable with Lender Comfort Letters

As the global real estate economy continues its recovery from the severe economic recession nearly a decade ago, hotel and hospitality real estate transactions have been robust as of late. According to the "Hotel investment...more

What You Need to Know About Hospitality REITs

In February 2016, Hilton Worldwide announced its plans to spin off the bulk of its hotel real estate into a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) to be owned by its shareholders by the end of the year. The...more

CREFC Annual Conference 2016: Headwinds or Head First Into the Wall?

The slow start to 2016 did not dampen the enthusiasm at CREFC’s Annual Conference, held last week in New York City. The conference saw record attendance, with standing-room-only crowds at virtually every panel. As with the...more

Landscape of Proposed Chicago “Airbnb” Ordinance Still Changing, Days from City Council Vote

In early May, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a highly controversial ordinance to regulate Airbnb and other home-sharing service providers. In its initial form, the ordinance required units rented out for more than 90...more

Court Upholds Prison for Flea Market Owner for Counterfeiting by Tenants

As trademark and copyright counterfeiting and piracy has grown, courts have become more willing to grant meaningful relief to rights owners and to penalize counterfeiters and those who facilitate their illicit activities. ...more

Tenants who move under cover of darkness: Using the Bulk Sales Act to recoup losses incurred at the hands of rogue tenants

Retail landlords may have a powerful statutory remedy against defaulting retail tenants who sell all or substantially all of their goods and merchandise. The Ontario Bulk Sales Act (BSA) applies to the sale of all (or...more

Issues for overseas companies relating to UK land and UK government work

Recent government proposals will affect overseas companies that own UK land and that bid for UK government contracts. On 12 May 2016, the UK's Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced plans to introduce a public register...more

What’s in the Envelope? Do You Need to Worry?

Real estate investment involves many risks that real estate investment managers and owners are familiar with. These range from “micro” risks, such as tenant disputes and defective property maintenance to “macro risks” such as...more

Oakland County Road Commission Filing Suits for Maple/Orchard Lake Roundabout

Recently, the Oakland County Road Commission has been filing suits involving properties on Orchard Lake Road. The Oakland County Road Commission has a long-term plan to install multiple roundabouts in the area of Orchard...more

Treasury Expands Scope of REIT Spin-Off Rules in New Regulations

On June 7, the Treasury Department released temporary regulations (the “Temporary Regulations”) that expand the types of spinoff transactions subject to the rules under Section 337(d)2 requiring gain recognition where either...more

Under Construction - June 2016

Welcome to the June 2016 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. Hope you are staying cool this summer. Are you legally operating your drone on the construction site? In our Winter 2015 Under Construction...more

Historic contamination in Romania under sale–purchase agreements

General Context - Historic contamination receives a lot of attention in Romania, particularly in the process of privatizing formerly state owned enterprises. Some of these enterprises are taken over as ongoing...more

My “Flippín” House?

Tax Strategies to Reduce Taxation and Build Wealth for House Flippers - Overview - I seem to be perpetually out to lunch. When I step on the scale too, this point is further confirmed. I do not know why I have...more

Drilling to the Essence of a Land Use Proceeding

What type of land use proceeding is this? Finding the correct answer to this question is critical to knowing your client’s rights and avoiding legal error. Like different sports, there are distinct types of land use...more

Are Prohibited Uses Prohibiting Opportunity?

Despite how it may sometimes seem when in the throes of negotiating a lease between a shopping center landlord and a retail tenant, the overarching goals of the two parties are aligned. Both parties want the tenant to be...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - A suburban experiment aims for free energy - New York Times - Jun 3 - At first glance, Anthony and Vanessa Genau’s home in a subdivision beneath the San Gabriel Mountains is like...more

Tightening the Timeline for Original Condition: the First Circuit Denies Writ from Ruling Applying Subsequent Purchaser Doctrine...

In the watershed Corbello decision, the Louisiana Supreme Court affirmed a $33 million award—the cost to restore property valued at $108,000 to its “original condition” after it was damaged by oil and gas operations.  If...more

The writing's on the wall - Winterburn & another v. Bennett & another

In Winterburn & another v. Bennett & another [2016] EWCA Civ 482 the Court of Appeal held that signs clearly visible to all stating that a car park was private property defeated a claim by a neighbouring owner that it had...more

To Assume or Reject: Unexpired Real Property Leases in Bankruptcy

When a debtor files for bankruptcy, certain contracts that are executory such as unexpired real property leases may be assumed or rejected as part of the bankruptcy process. This ability to assume or reject has significant...more

IRS Issues Temporary and Proposed Regulations Focused on REIT/RIC Conversion Transactions

The regulations affect both real estate investment trusts (REITs) and regulated investment companies (RICs) that receive appreciated property from a C corporation in a so-called “conversion transaction.”...more

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