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Redevelopment 2.0... This Time for Real!

AB 2 Appears to be the Long-Awaited Redevelopment Replacement Law - Since the demise of redevelopment in 2012, and the assurance of a “replacement” by Gov. Jerry Brown, we have been waiting. We saw valiant efforts by...more

Supreme Court Decision May Make It Easier for Borrowers to Sue for Discrimination

A recent decision of the Supreme Court of the United States may make it easier for borrowers to claim discrimination when denied a loan. In late June 2015, the Court addressed whether lawsuits brought under the Fair Housing...more

Overview of Key Legislative Amendments in Relation to Special Economic Zones Issues

On 9 September 2015 the Mazhilis of Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan approved at the first reading the draft law "On Introduction of Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan...more

It’s Baaacckkkk…. Redevelopment Returns to California

We’ve been closely watching Assembly Bill 2 work its way through the legislature for most of 2015, and last week, it was finally signed by the Governor. What does it mean? You can find a detailed analysis by my partner,...more

New IRS Guidance May Promote Community Residential Solar Developments

On September 4, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service released a private letter ruling that could have meaningful impacts on the funding and development of certain residential solar developments, specifically community solar...more

Changes in Real Estate legislation, Q2 2015 - Overview of the most important changes for the second quarter of 2015 in Russian...

Changes at the federal level - RF Federal Law ? 184-FZ “On Amendments to the RF Federal Law “On the State Real Estate Cadaster” and Article 6 of the RF Federal Law “On Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in the Russian...more

Disparate Impact Claims Fair Game under the Fair Housing Act

The United States Supreme Court, in a five-to-four decision in June, brought housing discrimination law ever-so-slightly more in line with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) by holding that claims of...more

Senegal's New Mining Code: What Mining Companies Need to Know

Undeterred by the recent drops in commodity prices, Senegal is on the verge of introducing its new mining code, which has been a work in progress since 2012 when proposals were first made to revise the current mining code...more

(UK) UK Government Policy Reversal on Small Developments Affordable Housing and the Vacant Building Credit

The recently introduced vacant building credit, and policy exemption for small developments from affordable housing contributions have been swiftly removed from national planning guidance this morning following a High Court...more

UK Government Announces Further Shake-up to RO and FIT Regime for Solar PV

Following the closure of the RO regime to new solar ground mounted projects with a capacity of more than 5MW which were commissioned after 31 March 2015, the government has today announced a further shake-up of the subsidy...more

Lessons Learned in Conservation Partnerships

The Internal Revenue Code has provided an incentive under Section 170(h) for charitable conservation gifts. Since at least 2002 there has been an interest in combining through partnership those land owners who may have little...more

Seeing Green: New York’s Reformed Brownfields Cleanup Program Creates Opportunities for Redevelopment to Generate Refundable Tax...

Now is the time to begin brownfield redevelopment projects in the State of New York. Reauthorization of and reforms to New York’s Brownfields Cleanup Program, which provides tax credits to redevelop contaminated properties,...more

Supreme Court Affirms FHA Disparate Impact Claims

Late last month, the Supreme Court handed down a significant decision affecting rights and obligations under the Fair Housing Act. The Court’s 5-4 decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive...more

NC Legislative Update for July 2015 #2

This Week - After a week-long summer recess, lawmakers returned to Raleigh to resume the business of the State. The House finally appointed budget Conferees on Tuesday, nearly a month after receiving the Senate version...more

Reining in Santa Monica’s Short-Term Rentals

Municipalities from New York to San Francisco are cracking down on the vacation-rental industry. Each city has approached the situation in a wildly different manner, but one factor remains the same: Restrictions on these...more


We’re a little late with the round-up, but promise to continue our effort to bring you interesting stories from the intersection of religion and government. - Mayfair, Pennsylvania residents feel disappointment after...more

Alabama Tax Legislative Summary: 2015 Regular Session; Some Unofficial Predictions For Upcoming Session(s)

The Alabama Senate adjourned late Thursday afternoon, June 4, leaving a number of pending bills on the table. Although the legislature passed a record-setting $6 billion Education Trust Fund budget, the issue that pervaded...more

Spot Assessment Stricken

A divided panel of The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania held that a reassessment of property upon the expiration of a KOZ abatement was an unlawful spot assessment. Duke Energy Fayette II, LLC v. Fayette County Board of...more

House Bill 15-1348-Urban Renewal – Frequently Asked Questions

H.B. 15-1348 was signed by the Governor on May 29. The bill enacts several changes related to urban renewal authorities and tax increment financing for such authorities including governance changes and changes related to how...more

Special Session: Signed, Sealed and Delivered

The illusive Special Session lived up to its hype. Despite the close proximity of the two temporary chambers in the State Office Building, the bodies were far apart in their desired outcome for the session. After...more

Another REIT Ruling by the IRS – This Time, Billboards

The IRS has released yet another private letter ruling (Letter 201522002) in the REIT area. This time, the IRS addressed the REIT treatment of income from the rental of outdoor advertising space (i.e., billboards). At issue...more


This week, RLUIPA Defense continues its effort to aggregate important new stories reflecting the intersection of religion, land use and local government. Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis in Indianapolis – Indiana’s...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The South Carolina General Assembly will wrap-up session this Thursday, but will return the week of June 16th for the limited purpose of deliberating gubernatorial vetoes, appointments, local legislation, conference committee...more

The Essential Guide to UK Real Estate

This Essential Guide provides an overview of the legal and regulatory issues likely to affect developers, occupiers and investors in UK real estate. Real estate - Real estate law in England and Wales can trace...more

Santa Monica Takes Bold Steps to Enforce its Short-Term Rental Regulations

One of the chief issues facing local governments as they contend with regulation of short-term rental marketplaces is the trouble of enforcing whatever framework they develop. After passing tough regulations last week, the...more

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