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I. FLORIDA STATE CASES - Quiet Title: deed reservation of right-of-way in favor of State, which applied only to tracts of land of 10 acres or more, did not attach to title of landowner of less than 10 acres and,...more

Third Circuit Holds No Coverage for Cleanup of Decomposing Body

In its recent decision in Certain Underwriters at Lloyds v. Creagh, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 6853 (3d Cir. Apr. 14, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, applying Pennsylvania law, had occasion to...more

Zoning for a Health Care Facility: A Few Things to Think About

Admit it – your first thought was, why would anyone care if a health care facility was built in their neighborhood? But you were thinking of a nice, quiet nursing home, where the most activity that might take place would be...more

Developers Beware – Court of Appeal Clarifies the Effect of a Breach of the Sale of Land Act

In Barker v Midstyle Nominees Pty Ltd [2014] WASCA 75, the West Australian Court of Appeal has considered the legal consequences of a developer entering into off the plan contracts in breach of Section 13 of the Sale of Land...more

Massachusetts High Court Expands Strict Liability for Building Code Violations

In an April 10, 2014, decision that expressly overruled its own 15-year old precedent, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held that the owner of a building used as a place for a large number of people to gather will...more

Mississippi's New Construction Lien Law

On Friday, April 11, 2014, Governor Bryant signed Senate Bill 2622 and thus made that bill the new construction lien law, effective immediately, applicable to public, private and residential construction works in Mississippi....more

Property Tax Appeals In Minnesota: Deadline For Petition Is April 30

Property owners should have already received their 2014 property tax statements from the county assessor. The tax statements will identify the assessor’s estimated market value for the owner’s property as of January 2, 2013,...more

Lenders Can Prepare for Tenant Offset Rights in SNDAs

Tenants’ limited recourse to their landlords has made “offset rights” a major issue in negotiating Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreements (SNDAs). Tenant offset rights arise when the tenant has the...more

Some CEQA Reminders From The Third District: Urban Decay Requires Actual Mitigation When Identified By EIR As A Significant...

In a lengthy opinion filed February 28, 2014, and ordered partially published on April 1, 2014, the Third District Court of Appeal reversed the Yolo County Superior Court’s judgment denying a CEQA writ petition challenging...more

South Dakota Adopts Uniform Real Property Electronic Reporting Act

On March 31, South Dakota enacted SB 68, becoming the 30th jurisdiction to adopt the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act (URPERA) with the enactment. URPERA, promulgated by the Uniform Law Commission in 2004, gives...more

Eastern Pompano Beach Is Open For Business

Eastern Pompano Beach has quickly positioned itself to become the next hot spot for development in South Florida. Investors are betting that recent public sector efforts will translate into a thriving community....more

Enforcement of Municipal Stormwater Ordinances Is Tricky Business: Failure to Enforce an Ordinance Required Under a Permit Is Not...

Stormwater pollution has become an increasingly important problem. Part of the difficulty in solving it is that it’s not obvious who should be responsible. Should cash-strapped municipalities be on the hook or should it be...more

It's Final—State Water Board Adopts New Industrial General Permit for Storm Water Discharges

On April 1, 2014, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) unanimously adopted a new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit for the Discharge of Storm Water Associated...more

New Hurdles for Public Agencies: Accessing Property May Now Require Eminent Domain Actions

For the first time in 38 years, a court has declared part of California’s statutory eminent domain law unconstitutional. The ruling, if upheld, will create additional hurdles for public agencies and may have unintended...more

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – Tips for Tenant Defaults & Terminations

When a tenant defaults in payment of rent, or other terms of the tenancy, tempers flare. Landlords and tenants may make exaggerated allegations or rashly give notices via cell phone, text or email. As a commercial or...more

Nonrecourse Real Estate Loans: An Endangered Species?

As many apprehensive borrowers once again enter the commercial real estate loan marketplace, one of the first questions they often ask is: “Can I get a nonrecourse loan?” This is especially true for borrowers who are coming...more

Real Estate Tax Liens Attach to Persons, Not Just Property

In 2013, the Pennsylvania legislature passed an amendment to the Municipal Claim and Tax Lien Law (Act No. 93 of 2013, the “Amendment”), designed to give municipalities and school districts improved means of collecting tax...more

Blame It on the Bossa Nova! A One Note Samba for Inbound Real Estate in the U.S

As an undergraduate at West Point, I was a Spanish and Portuguese major. My Brazilian “thing” had already started a decade earlier as a ten year old growing up in the Panama Canal Zone seeing Pele play for his Brazilian team...more

Extension of Eight Valuable As-of-Right Incentive Programs Included in New York State's Budget Bill

New laws may benefit developers and businesses with applications long pending and for future applicants that depend on these incentive programs to help induce investment and economic growth in the New York City. These...more

Federal Rule and Ninth Circuit Opinion Create Huge Opportunities on Indian Land

In a set of comprehensive regulations affecting non-agricultural leasing on Indian land, the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs made sweeping changes and largely exempted property taxes on permanent...more

Buyers Beware: Little Known Pittsburgh Building Code Ordinance Can Present Expensive Problems

Commercial property buyers, landlords and tenants should be aware that a little known City of Pittsburgh ordinance requires building owners to conduct periodic inspections of building façade exteriors in the City. Many...more

Real Estate Tip: Hire Your Own Surveyor to Avoid a Close Call

A recent New Hampshire real estate closing was stalled at the 11th hour when the parties realized that a survey plan did not show the location of a no-build area created by private restriction in the chain of title. Since...more

Special Commercial Lease Considerations for Franchisees

Engaging in preliminary discussions and negotiations with prospective landlords for your new franchised business can be overwhelming. There are a multitude of business and legal issues to consider. It may also be...more

Jersey City Planning Board Approves Amended Redevelopment Plan for Firm Client

NJ.com reports that the Jersey City Planning Board has voted unanimously to recommend to the Municipal Council amendments to the McGinley Square East Redevelopment Plan in order to allow Sora Development in partnership with...more

The Registrar is Changing the Game for Complaints Against Arizona Contractors

Sweeping changes at the Registrar of Contractors have the construction and real estate industries concerned and curious. The Registrar recently received some poor performance reports by the Auditor General and State...more

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