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Important Deadlines Loom For Landlords Under Portland Residential Renter Protection Ordinance

For a very limited time, residential landlords can rescind some pending Notices of Termination and Notices of Rent Increases that would otherwise trigger Relocation Assistance under Portland’s new Renter Protection...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

Inclusionary Housing Recommendations a Mixed Bag for Developers

The City is one step closer to sorting out inclusionary housing requirements and local implementation of the State Density Bonus law now that the City Controller has released its final recommendations to the Board of...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

Annexing Property in Maryland: So You Want to Be Part of Life in the Big City?

Life in the big city has its advantages. Desirable public services, such as police protection, trash collection, public water and sewer service, and other services and amenities are available that you may not have if you live...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

West Coast Real Estate Update: February 2017

Los Angeles, Seattle Top List of Best Markets for Multifamily Investment - Marcus & Millichap's 2017 National Multifamily Index (NMI) ranks Los Angeles and Seattle first and second, respectively, among 46 major domestic...more

Downtown Parking Lot Facelift Starts With The Collective

Construction is underway for one of the first of many development projects slated for downtown surface parking lots owned by the Goodman family's Downtown Development Group (www.ddgportland.com). Due to open in fall of 2018,...more

Planning to attend Bottlerock 2017?

Bottlerock 2017 is fast approaching and Napa County will be flooded with thousands of people. Many of the people who attend this event will be from out of town and will be looking for a place to stay for the weekend....more

Fairfax County Rolls Out New Approach To Site Specific Replanning Proposals

The Comprehensive Plan is critical to land valuation and redevelopment potential. Fairfax County has recently rolled out a proposed new process related to the procedural mechanisms for proposing site specific amendments to...more

Annoyance and Discomfort Damages Resulting from Injury to Trees are Subject to the Statutory Damage Multiplier

Boundary disputes are one of the most actively litigated areas of real property law. One common category of such disputes involves the trimming of a neighbor’s tree, either to remove branches that have grown over a property...more

Real Estate. Major St Petersburg legislation changes for 2016

We would like to present the overview of the most important St. Petersburg legislation changes in real estate for 2016....more

New Land Court Rule 14 Seeks to Expedite Cases and Lower Costs

The new Land Court Rule 14 went into effect on January 1, 2017. The Rule was proposed by the Justices of the Land Court in connection with their collaborative work with the Supreme Judicial Court’s Alternative Litigation...more

Real Estate and Land Use - January 2017

Supreme Court Holds City Bound by Publicly Available General Plan - Orange Citizens for Parks and Recreation v. Superior Court (2016) 2 Cal.5th 141, 211 Cal.Rptr.3d 230 - Why It Matters: The California Supreme Court...more

HS2: chugging towards its final destination

The government has now issued its formal response to the House of Lords’ special report on the hybrid bill for HS2, issued in December.  Whilst much of this relates to specific petitioners it also includes some important...more

Transfer Act for Lenders

A previous blog post addressed lender liability for environmental conditions on property a lender might acquire as a result of foreclosure. Another issue lenders in Connecticut must consider prior to foreclosing on a property...more

The registration gap strikes again

In Baker v. Craggs [2016] EWHC 3250 (Ch) the High Court held that land acquired by a purchaser was bound by an easement granted by the seller, without the purchaser's knowledge or consent, after the date of the relevant...more

Can Zoning Stop Property Owners from Renting?

Local governments may not rely on zoning rules to prohibit renters in multi-family housing developments. Many local governments (and residents) prefer property owners living in their communities rather than tenants. This...more

Texas Central Rail Project Under Attack

The Texas Central Rail Project is a potential high speed passenger rail system connecting the DFW area and Houston. Texas Central Partners, LLC (Texas Central) is a private entity that serves as the project developer. Various...more

Can Post-Acquisition Land Use Restrictions Change Ordinary Income to Capital Gain?

In Boree v. Commissioner, 118 AFTR 2d 2016-5742 (11th Cir., Sep. 12, 2016), the Eleventh Circuit held that the county’s adoption of subdivision regulatory requirements after taxpayers had purchased certain real property was...more

Notable Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation Cases from 2016

Here is a list of California’s appellate cases from 2016 in the eminent domain and inverse condemnation arenas that caught our attention...more

Land Use Boards/Subsequent Application Doctrine

Land use boards, especially planning and zoning boards, are often faced with applications to develop property that are similar to prior applications to develop the same property. Since the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: January 2017 #2

California Prepares for Possible Rollback of Federal Water, Wetlands Regulations - Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has discussed eliminating what he...more

Are Land Use Fees the Solution to Long Island’s Fiscal Challenges?

In an effort to generate revenue without raising taxes, many municipalities on Long Island, and elsewhere in New York State, are turning to the use of various forms of land development fees to meet their fiscal challenges. In...more

La comisión del condado de Miami-Dade aprueba ordenanza de viviendas para trabajadores impulsadas a través de incentivos

El 20 de diciembre de 2016, la Junta de Comisionados del Condado de Miami-Dade aprobó una ordenanza propuesta por la comisionada Barbara Jordan que dará incentivos a constructores para que ofrezcan unidades de vivienda a...more

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