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FinCEN Renewal of GTOs for High-End Cash Buyers in Six Markets

FinCEN announced today that it is renewing the existing Geographical Targeting Orders (GTOs) issued in July 2016 that require all title insurance companies to identify and report on the natural persons behind shell companies...more

When it Rains it Floods: California Rainstorms and Flood Insurance

Until very recently, the scarcity of water and the decline in oil prices in California prompted the joke that oil was being used as fracking fluid to get water out of the ground. In the last week, however, so much rain has...more

Belgian Retail Newsletter: FLEMISH REGION: Drastic reform of the Flemish permit landscape

INTRODUCTION - For many years, various Flemish real estate projects (including retail, industrial, etc.) were subject to one or more permits: a building permit for the urban planning aspects, an environmental permit for...more

Rating Agency Developments

On February 15, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled North American Single-Asset/Single-Borrower Methodology. On February 15, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled DBRS Commercial Real Estate Property Analysis Criteria....more

Property Tax Exemption Application Deadline Approaches

March 1st is the deadline for filing all property tax exemption applications in the state of Florida. No matter in which of the 67 Florida counties you own property, please be certain that any property tax exemptions you may...more

Property Acquisition: Five Signs of Trouble Ahead

As much as public agencies want infrastructure projects to go smoothly, they rarely do. Even when a project is seemingly rolling along through right of way acquisition, there are still hurdles that inevitably impact budgets...more

Ontario Municipal Board review: be careful what you wish for

NIMBYists and development antagonists across Ontario are rejoicing with the Province’s unveiling of its latest proposal to reform the Ontario Municipal Board (O.M.B.)....more

West Coast Real Estate Update: February 2017 #2

Jury Trial Waiver Undone by a Fundamental California Policy - It is common for commercial contracts to contain a choice of law provision. Some commercial contracts may even contain a clause that waives the right to seek...more

Depreciation of Labor Costs Class Action: Nebraska Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Insurer

I’ve regularly followed on my blog key developments in the numerous class actions against the insurance industry involving the application of depreciation to the labor cost component of estimated replacement cost value in...more

New North Carolina Sales Tax Provisions for Contracts Related to Real Property

This alert is relevant for contractors who perform construction services on real property in the state of North Carolina. In South Carolina, contractors remain subject to the traditional sales or use tax at the time of all...more

The Construction Industry Scheme: Change in the air?

What does real estate investment have to do with the problem of tax evasion made possible by cash-in-hand payments in the building industry? Very little, one might suspect, but that has not prevented real estate investors...more

Business Rates – Check, Challenge...Legislate?

An industry-wide letter has been sent to the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments concerning proposed changes to the business rates appeals system. New Regulations governing rates appeals are proposed to come into effect...more

Did You Forget to File Your ATI Exemption? You Can Still Lower Your Property Taxes

Property tax values in South Carolina are generally determined every five years through county-wide reassessments. Since property tax values are determined every five years (and subject to a 15% cap on increases under...more

Your property was hit with an ADA lawsuit – now what?

Over the last couple of years, Florida has seen a proliferation of lawsuits alleging violations of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Many of the cases are filed by “serial” filers – plaintiffs that...more

Who owns God’s Property? Shifting Politics Cost Some Congregations Their Church

Re-alignment of a congregation with a new denomination is typically driven by ideals, but as usual, money becomes the bone of contention....more

Ratings – the road to revaluation

On 1 April 2017 the business rates revaluation will take effect. This in itself is cause for significant concern. However, the ratings world is currently a maelstrom of upheaval and controversy, such that the revaluation is...more

Dealing with Nuisance Properties: The Tools in Your Code Enforcement Tool Box

A nuisance residential or commercial property creates serious problems for the surrounding community and headaches for the officials who must deal with it. If left unchecked, these blighted properties become a chronic drain...more

[Event] Right of Way & Legal Strategies for Successful Project Delivery - March 8th, San Francisco, CA

Nossaman LLP and Bender Rosenthal, Inc. invite you to this complimentary afternoon seminar that will provide insight on current right of way issues affecting public agencies and utilities. Our panels of leading industry...more

ICSC Mid-Atlantic Conference & Deal Making Recap

With seemingly all of the country’s attention focused on Washington DC lately, we snuck out of the District and across the Potomac River to National Harbor last week for ICSC’s 2017 Mid-Atlantic Conference and Deal Making....more

Land tax win for property developers, primary production

In a ground breaking win for property developers, a recent NSW Court of Appeal decision found that land held for future development but used for grazing, can be exempt from land tax....more

Fairfax County Establishes Community Council on Land Use Engagement

Chairman Bulova recently created a Community Council on Land Use Engagement to discuss and make recommendations on ways to improve communication with citizens during the land use process. The first meeting was held on...more

Rating Agency Developments

On February 8, 2017, Fitch updated its rating criteria for U.S. municipal short-term debt. Report. On February 8, 2017, Fitch updated its criteria assumptions for analyzing securities backed by UK residential mortgage...more

Recent California Court of Appeal Decision Invalidates Jury Trial Waiver Made Under New York Law

A recent California Court of Appeal decision may have a major impact on the enforceability of jury trial waivers in loan agreements and other documents governed by New York law. In Rincon EV Realty LLC v. CP III Rincon...more

Gatlinburg Property Owners Affected by Wildfires May See Tax Relief

Property owners affected by the Gatlinburg fires last fall could receive tax relief – thanks to a bill approved by the Senate State & Local Government Committee this week....more

Annual Filing for Welfare Exemption Due On or Before February 15th

The February 15, 2017 deadline for nonprofit organizations in California seeking to initially obtain or renew exemption from property taxes is quickly approaching, and there are changes to the reporting requirements if your...more

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