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LA Mayor Proposes Mandatory Earthquake Retrofitting for Commercial and Residential Buildings

Capping a year-long partnership between the City of Los Angeles and Dr. Lucy Jones, a well-known seismologist with the United States Geological Survey, Mayor Eric Garcetti released  “Resilience by Design” last week, a plan...more

Ohio 2015 Election Deadlines

Pursuant to Section 3501.01 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Ohio General Assembly has established dates when elections may be held in each year. For 2015, these election dates are set forth in a chart at the end of the...more

What Do You Do When The Bank Wants Your Condemnation Award?

Property owners typically have a lot on their minds when they find out that the government is going to be taking their property. For residential owners, they need to worry about where they are going to live with their...more

County Modifies Road Impact Fee Schedule With New Ordinance

The Miami-Dade County Commission adopted Ordinance 14-122, effective December 12, 2014, making several modifications to the County's Road Impact Fee schedule. A notable change is that the timing of the Road Impact Fee Present...more

City of Los Angeles Delays Issuance of Demolition Permits for Most Structures More Than 45 Years Old

Starting in January 2015, the City will not issue demolition permits for structures more than 45 years old until the applicant has conspicuously posted a demolition notice on the property, sent letters to abutting neighbors...more

Legal Update: Commercial Real Estate Brokers Now Subject to the Same Dual Agency and Disclosure Laws as Residential Brokers

As of January 1, 2015, commercial real estate brokers and salespersons will be required to comply with a stringent set of agency disclosure requirements formerly applicable only to residential brokers, expressly setting forth...more

The Economic Development Toolbox: “The Clean-Up Hitters” – Enterprise Zone and Community Reinvestment Area Property Tax Exemptions

Capital investment projects often involve tight margins, and every single dollar counts to ensure that the project is a success. For that reason, property tax exemptions are key components of any economic development...more

Mixed-Use Housing Is Exempt

A panel of a Commonwealth Court concluded that a mixed-use housing project owned by municipality was exempt from real estate tax. Reading Housing Authority v. Board of Assessment Appeals of Berks County, No. 1937 C.D. 2013...more

Real Estate Tip: Should Developers Select Selective Enforcement?

Let’s say you and 20 other drivers are exceeding the speed limit and the police give you, but no one else, a speeding ticket. Analyzing your fate requires using a legal concept called “selective enforcement.” This principle...more

Is the Party Over? New Jersey Permit Extension Act to Expire Unless Legislature Acts

Members of New Jersey’s development community are wondering: “Is the permit extension party over?” For the last six years, approved development projects have received the protection of the New Jersey Permit Extension Act...more

Proceed With Caution – Indiana Property Tax Appeals: Burden Of Proof Shifts For “Aberrational” Assessments; Appealing $50 Penalty...

A 5%+ assessment increase is “aberrational” where the property has not substantially changed year-to-year, so the Assessor carries the burden of proof. I have previously posted about Indiana’s adoption of a burden-shifting...more

AIA Construction Contract Issues: An Owner’s Perspective

MANY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ARE DOCUMENTED USING AIA FORMS. These forms focus on issues concerning the architect and contractor. It is in the owner’s interest to protect itself by negotiating the key provisions in the...more

Arlington’s New LEED Standards

On November 15th, the County Board of Arlington County voted 4-1 to adopt a revised incentives policy for its green building standards. While technically a “voluntary” component of 4.1 Site Plan applications, the County has...more

Final Rule to Implement Dodd-Frank Risk Retention Requirement

On October 21, 2014, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve Board), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the U.S. Securities and...more

Underground Access

Draft legislation currently before the UK parliament proposes some significant changes to existing trespass laws to facilitate the development and growth of the geothermal and shale-gas industries in the UK. Originally...more

Recent Developments in Arizona Construction Law

Notable 2014 Case Law: Bonds - In Ponderosa Fire District v. Coconino County, 235 Ariz. 597 (Ct. App. Ariz. 2014), the Court of Appeals considered whether the County had discretion to decide not to call...more

Q&A: Land Remediation - What You Need to Know

Whether it’s for condos, office buildings or industrial properties, raw land is becoming more and more scarce in Miami. That means land remediation is becoming a bigger issue. It also means developers have to face new...more

How to Speak Storm Water in 2015: Terminology from the New Industrial General Storm Water Permit

As my colleague Missy Foster recently reported, the deadline for compliance with California’s new Industrial Storm Water permit (2014 Permit) is fast approaching. There is a lot to learn about the 2014 Permit before it takes...more

High Court Affirms Theater, Church’s Entitlement to State’s “Mandatory” Property Tax Exemption

The Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, recently published decisions in the Maetreum of Cybele v. McCoy and Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Inc. v. Auburn cases. In these decisions, the Court affirmed that the exemptions...more

Recent Changes to the Mechanics’ Law

Mechanics’ Lien - • An In Rem lien (against real property). • For the payment of all debts due by an owner to a contractor (or by a contractor to his subcontractors) for Labor or Materials furnished....more

PTAB Issues Decision in Long-Running Open Space Assessment Battle

The Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB) recently issued a decision finding that the clubhouse, parking lot, swimming pool, and tennis courts at a golf club are not entitled to favorable treatment as open space. The...more

Prediction 2015: Chinese investment wave will create many opportunities in the US

As the Chinese economy continues to become more important globally, we are seeing a shift in Asian investment in the United States, particularly in California. Chinese investors will become even more active and influential...more

New Markets Tax Credits for Real Estate Development

The new markets tax credit (‘‘NMTC’’) was added to the Internal Revenue Code as §45D2 by the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000.3 Initially the program was to provide allocations of the tax credit through 2007, but has...more

The Secret Is Out: The Documentary Transfer Tax Will Now Be Part of Public Record

The Documentary Transfer Tax Act allows each county and city to impose a tax on each deed, instrument, or writing by which any real estate is sold within the county at the time the document is recorded. Assembly Bill No....more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending October 24, 31 & November 7, 2014

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Commercial Landlord Duty: commercial landlord has no common law duty to provide automatic external defibrillator in its stores for use in medical emergency – Verdugo v. Target Corp., No....more

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