If somebody owes me money, can I put a lien against their real estate?
Los Angeles Market Outlook - Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Summer/Fall 2015
San Francisco Market Outlook - Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Summer/Fall 2015
Multi-Family Market Outlook - Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Summer/Fall 2015
Office Market Outlook - Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Summer/Fall 2015
Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Summer/Fall 2015 Overview
Addressing Environmental Issues in Real Estate Development
Construction Lien Law: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Company
RALEIGH'S UDO AND THE CITYWIDE REZONING: What's New and How's it Working?
When to file a lis pendens--Martin Desmery, Partridge Snow & Hahn
Homebuilder Series Webinar: Protecting Your Company From Misrepresentation Claims Through Contractual Exculpatory Clauses
Homebuilder Series Webinar: Fiduciary Duties & Auditor Liability
Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Winter/Spring 2015: Southern California Primed for Commercial Real Estate Surge
Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Winter/Spring 2015: No Signs of Slow Down in California's Office Real Estate Market
Newly Amended Dual Agency Disclosure Law: Much Ado About Nothing
Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Winter/Spring 2015: It's a Perfect Storm for California's Commercial Real Estate Market
In The Cross-Hairs? Protecting Your Company Against Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Investigations and Investors' Mortgage Buyback Claims
View from the Top 2014: Overview Video
View from the Top 2014: Insights on Real Estate Investment
View from the Top 2014: Insights on Real Estate Capital Markets
On Thursday, May 14, 2015, Governor Scott signed into law CS/CS Senate Bill 1216, now Chapter 2015-30, Laws of Florida. This historic piece of legislation eliminates the Development of Regional Impact (DRI) process...more
Miami may soon join the ranks of other major U.S. metropolises boasting innovative urban trail projects that have transformed neighborhoods and ignited a firestorm of private investment. ...more
The General Assembly will adjourn in roughly two weeks. The fate of two important urban renewal bills—one with a positive impact on urban renewal and one with a negative impact—will be decided during this time. If urban...more
With California in the midst of a record-breaking drought (as reported in a recent Allen Matkins legal alert, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an Executive Order ordering mandatory actions to reduce California's water...more
Last week, the North Carolina State Senate introduced a bill that seeks to extend renewable-energy tax credits applicable to eligible property -- which is defined as specific "machinery and equipment or real property" -- that...more
In late September, Governor Brown signed into law AB 229 and SB 628, which are intended to finance public capital facilities or other specified projects of communitywide significance previously financed by redevelopment...more
In our previous post about the legal challenges that have been raised in the wake of the State of Florida’s establishment of selection rules for the issuance of licenses for growing and selling medical marijuana pursuant to...more
The California Supreme Court has just issued an opinion which may encourage the use of initiatives. At issue in the case was an initiative to adopt a specific plan to streamline approval for construction and operation of a...more
The General Assembly passed noteworthy bills on six diverse environmental and land use subjects.
Hydraulic Fracturing Waste -
A deceptively simple bill concerning hydraulic fracturing waste, PA 14-200, emerged...more
In a relatively short decision, the California Supreme Court held in Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v. Superior Court of Tuolumne County (Tuolumne Jobs) that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) does not...more
Voter-driven initiatives meeting California Elections Code requirements may be adopted directly by local governments without first conducting a full review under the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"), according to...more
In a concise 15-page opinion filed August 7, 2014, the California Supreme Court reversed the Fifth District Court of Appeal’s judgment which had held that a city may not adopt a voter-sponsored initiative with potential...more
The Fair Political Practices Commission recently changed its conflict of interest regulation concerning real property owned or leased by public officials. The old rule was that if an official owned (or had a long-term lease...more
When Governor Brown eliminated California’s redevelopment agencies with one swipe of his pen (OK, fine, he had a bit of help from the California Supreme Court as well), one of the things that got a bit lost in the ensuing...more
Gov. Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 440 into law, providing an important tool for local agencies to force the cleanup of contaminated properties within their borders. AB 440 builds upon the Polanco Redevelopment Act...more
Governor Christie yesterday signed into law legislation that amends the Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL) to expand authorization for the use of cluster developments. The legislation, S2608 (Senators Van Drew and Oroho)/A3761...more
This year has seen more momentum for CEQA reform than in many previous years. California’s economy has placed a spotlight on the burdens that environmental regulations and litigation, particularly CEQA litigation, impose on...more
SENECA FALLS — The battle over the Arcade Building may be over.
Supervisor Don Earle said terms of a settlement are nearing completion and should be ready by Tuesday night’s Town Board meeting.
Earle said attorney...more
After receiving three separate petitions for review, including petitions from real parties Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and the City of Sonora, the California Supreme Court voted unanimously on February 13, 2013 to grant review of...more
SENECA FALLS — Attorney Steven Getman has served an order to show cause on the town of Seneca Falls Zoning Board of Appeals.
The Seneca Falls Town Board objects to the ZBA’s decision to grant a use variance to the owner of...more
SENECA FALLS — Following a 100-minute closed-door session Tuesday night, the Town Board voted to sue the town Zoning Board of Appeals over a recent decision regarding a downtown building.
The board takes issue with the...more
Governor Christie has signed an amendment to the Permit Extension Act that extends the validity of certain development “approvals” to December 31, 2014. This was the third amendment to the Act, which was originally signed...more
In recognition of the complexity and political rancor surrounding CEQA reform, Governor Jerry Brown quipped this week that CEQA reform was "the Lord's work." Concurrent with his comments, major CEQA reforms were being...more
While everyone waits for Florida Governor Rick Scott to sign HB503 into law, and it's expected that Scott will do so - no veto here - Florida real estate developers and those who work with land development are becoming more...more
Like the Sherlock Holmes story featuring the “dog that didn’t bark,” sometimes proposed legislation that doesn’t pass can nonetheless provide fundamental insights. A case in point: Senate Bill 469 (Vargas), the Small &...more
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