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Consents to assign – one wrong invalidates two rights

The High Court decision in No.1 West India Quay (Residential) Ltd v. East Tower Apartments Ltd [2016] EWHC 2438 (Ch) is a stark reminder to both landlords and tenants of the need to be aware of and to comply with the...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - San Francisco’s Treasure Island project wins top green rating - Commercial Property Executive - Oct 14 - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded LEED-ND...more

California real estate: Change the ownership, increase the tax

In 1978, Proposition 13 was added to the California State Constitution limiting increases in assessed value of real property to help California real property owners, particularly retirees, from suffering drastic increases in...more

Attachment Issues: Staple the Allonge to the Note or Else!

In attempting to fend off lenders’ mortgage foreclosure actions, borrowers will often assert defenses challenging the lenders’ right to foreclose. Two recent Connecticut Superior Court decisions provide cautionary tales on...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016 #2

California Legislature Revises De Minimis Exemption of Finance Lenders Law - Real estate projects that utilize federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing recently received a reprieve from a state licensing...more

Hurricane Matthew flood claims may not be entirely preempted by federal law

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew and its associated flooding (particularly in North Carolina and South Carolina), a recent case of first impression in the Sixth Circuit may be cited by both damaged businesses and insurers and...more

The Benefits of Using Multiple “Single-Asset” Limited Liability Companies for Investment Properties

Practicing real estate law means that I’m constantly talking with all types of clients, including large scale developers as well as individuals simply looking to do a little investing in real estate. Interestingly and...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2016 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - When it comes to sustainable building, cost still major barrier reports new survey - Proud Green Building - Oct 5 - Sustainable building practices are becoming more common,...more

A Primer on Zoning Variances in North Carolina

What is a "variance" in the zoning context? Simply, it is relief from -- or a variation of -- the application of a zoning law to a particular piece of property....more

UK Regulator Finalizes Standards for Underwriting Buy-to-Let Mortgages

The Prudential Regulation Authority published a Policy Statement and Supervisory Statement setting out its final policy approach to underwriting standards for buy-to-let mortgage contracts. The Supervisory Statement sets out...more

Seeing is Believing: ALTA’s New Survey Standards

For those of you who read our commentary regularly, you’ll see that we span the commentariat world from musings of perhaps little practical utility but great import (at least to us) to the more mundane. Today, mundane. Let’s...more

Colorado Board of Equalization Approves TIF Property Tax Changes

On Oct. 5, 2016, the Colorado Board of Equalization (BOE) approved changes proposed by the Property Tax Administrator that could affect tax increment throughout the state. The Property Tax Administrator’s proposed changes...more

Pennsylvania is Back on the Clock with the Development Permit Extension Act

A government-approved “time-out” on commercial and residential development in Pennsylvania is ending, and could lead to a surge of development throughout the state. The sluggish economy of the recent recession spurred...more

Hurricane Matthew Requires Immediate Action to Maximize Insurance Recovery

After tearing through the Caribbean, Hurricane Matthew’s path brought it north to the Southeastern coast of the U.S., bringing evacuations, business closures and damages to the region. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and...more

(UK) Rentcharges: beasts of burden or burdensome beasts?

Rentcharges are, in theory, a very useful way of securing a positive obligation to pay against freehold land owners. They are mainly now created to cover estate service charges to ensure freeholders will pay common expenses...more

Mercury signing – guidance on the execution of documents

Following the decision in the Mercury Case, a practice of ‘virtual signings and closings’ has developed to avoid the logistical problems in getting a document signed. This guidance provides a non-exhaustive range of options...more

Hurricane Matthew – Emergency Permits After North Carolina State of Emergency

Whether Hurricane Matthew tracks east or west, coastal North Carolina will get a visit.  If you own a house, bulkhead, dock, and/or pier in coastal North Carolina, take pictures of your property before you stock up on the...more

Medio Oriente es un gran participante en el mercado de bienes raíces del sur de la Florida

No es ningún secreto que Miami se ha convertido en uno de los mercados más atractivos del mundo para los inversores internacionales. Los latinoamericanos, en particular, han tenido una gran influencia en el sector...more

Top 10 Takeaways from the Ninth Annual Allen Matkins View From the Top

This year has seen fluctuating Asian economies, global immigration and EU power struggles, Brexit, and an unprecedented U.S. presidential election season. What does that mean for real estate investment? The experts who spoke...more

House Tax Policy Review Committee Update - Public Policy Alert from the South Carolina State House - September 2016

The House Tax Policy Review Committee held its third meeting on Tuesday, September 27th, to review property taxes across South Carolina. Frank Rainwater, Executive Director of the South Carolina Revenue and Fiscal Affairs...more

It's beginning to feel a lot like the 2017 revaluation

Businesses up and down the land will be waking up today with the excitement of a six-year-old on Christmas morning. Today, the Valuation Office Agency releases the draft Rateable Value assessments it has made for all of the...more

Arizona Court Consolidates ADA Lawsuits

The number of claims under the design and construction requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) continues to increase, but a recent development in Arizona may slow this trend. The Arizona Attorney General has...more

Let's Talk North Carolina Leases: The Leased Premises Is Primary

We talked in our last piece about the parties to a lease, and the nuances of that requirement. Today, as promised in our last post, we discuss the "leased premises". A lease is a contract. It is a contract in which the...more

Illinois House Revenue Committee Holds Hearing on Vacancy Fraud Act

While overall there is little activity in the General Assembly, the House Revenue Committee is meeting today for a hearing on an interesting piece of property tax legislation. The hearing is on HB4363, which would create the...more

N.C. Court of Appeals: Absent Notice to the Federal Government, Foreclosure for Unpaid Local Taxes Won't Extinguish Federal Tax...

North Carolina is a "pure race" state, for real estate title purposes. That is, “first to record an interest in land holds an interest superior to all other purchases for value, regardless of actual or constructive notice as...more

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