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New Property Tax Exemption for All South Carolina Manufacturers

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The South Carolina Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act, 2017 Act 40, was recently enacted and is designed to enhance South Carolina’s economic competitiveness. The Act, commonly referred to as the gas tax bill,...more

An Overview of North Carolina Premises Liability Law

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Accidents happen. But how do you determine whether an injury on someone else's property is just an unavoidable accident or a potential legal liability? As in other areas of personal injury law, the analysis typically is based...more

Environmental Issues that Arise in Retail and Other Commercial Businesses

by Murtha Cullina on

Owners, lessors, lessees, and developers of retail and other commercial properties are often unaware of the scope of environmental laws that apply to their businesses and/or properties. Unfortunately, they often become aware...more

UPDATE: Property Owners Gaining New Tools To Fight ADA Lawsuits

by Shutts & Bowen LLP on

At the end of May, I wrote a post about new legislation in Florida intended to help property owners fight Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) lawsuits. As discussed in more detail in the prior post, the bill allows...more

PA Supreme Court Rules On School District Tax Appeals

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent Supreme Court of Pennsylvania case, captioned as Valley Forge Towers, taxpayer brought an action against the school district, as a taxing district, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief claiming that the...more

Pennsylvania Court Provides Commercial Property Owners With Defense to Tax Assessment Appeals

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 5, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision confirming that all real estate in a taxing district is a single class (i.e., not subject to sub-classifications based on property type, such as...more

Selective property tax appeals based on property type or residency status of the owner violates the Pennsylvania Constitution’s...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently reversed the Commonwealth Court and held that the Uniformity Clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution does not permit school districts to selectively appeal only the assessments of...more

Coming Soon - The City of Santa Barbara’s New Zoning Ordinance

On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the Santa Barbara City Council will consider a new zoning ordinance for the city. If the council votes to introduce and subsequently adopt the new zoning ordinance (NZO), it will be effective 30...more

PA Supreme Court Prohibits Taxing Jurisdictions from Specifically Targeting Commercial Properties for Reverse Assessment Appeals

by Reed Smith on

In a landmark decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed lower court decisions affirming the ability of taxing jurisdictions in Pennsylvania to solely target high-value commercial properties for “reverse” tax appeals....more

Reverse Property Assessment Appeals: Commercial Properties Owners Have a Friend in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

by Reed Smith on

In a landmark case titled Valley Forge Towers Apartments N, LP, et al. v. Upper Merion Area School District & Keystone Realty Advisors, LLC, No. 49 MAP 2016, issued July 5, 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (the “Court”)...more

Commercial Borrowers Should be Familiar with the Refinance Exemption in Order to Avoid Paying More Taxes than Necessary

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

It is pretty well known that Maryland imposes taxes upon the sale/purchase of real property. The State requires both a recordation tax and a transfer tax to be paid whenever an ownership interest in property is transferred....more

Landlords beware: Your trademark infringing tenant is your problem too

by Shutts & Bowen LLP on

If a landlord learns that trademark infringement is occurring on its premises by one of its tenants and fails to stop further violations, the landlord may be held responsible by the trademark holder for damages relating to...more

Florida's Third District Court of Appeals provides a warning: When insureds communicate about their policy needs, agents better...

In Kendall South Medical Center v. Consolidated Insurance Nation, No. 3D16-926, 2017 WL 1908376, *1 (Fla. 3d DCA May 10, 2017), the Third District Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s fourth dismissal of Kendall South...more

Landlords, Vendors, and Trade Creditors Beware: Protecting Your Interests During A Retail Meltdown

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

As cautioned in my recently co-authored article, “The Future Isn’t Promising for Retailers”, that appeared in the Baltimore Business Journal on March 10, 2017, the retail sector may be primed to see numerous more going out of...more

Nieuwe financiële regels voor VVE’s (Dutch)

by Dentons on

It was already in the air, but in the meantime, the bill on improving the functioning of association of owners has also been adopted by the First Chamber. These new rules will be finalized on January 1, 2018. The bill will in...more

Dry Cleaner Who Contaminated Neighbour’s Property Ordered To Pay Significant Damages

In Huang v. Fraser Hillary’s Limited the plaintiff, a property owner, brought an action against his neighbour, Fraser Hillary’s Limited (“FHL”), a dry cleaning business, and David Hillary (“Hillary”) the owner of a...more

Late Charges on Balloon Payments: How Big Can They Be?

Getting charged extra for a late payment is standard protocol in lending practices. Judges, lawmakers and regulators have long agreed there’s an administrative hassle lenders should be compensated for when having to recover...more

Sledgehammers on hold

by Dentons on

The Valuation Office Agency has amended its practice note on how a property will be assessed for business rates when undergoing refurbishment or redevelopment. The revised practice note is a consequence of the Supreme...more

Greater disclosure obligations for office owners

by Dentons on

Building owners’ obligations under the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act - Currently, before offering to sell or lease office space over 2,000sm, owners must obtain the building’s energy efficiency rating and...more

Taking Over or Letting Go: The Legal Ins and Outs of the Ontario ESA’s Building Services Provisions

Although it is common for building and property managers to rely on third parties for on-site services, familiarity with the building services provisions of Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) is critical. These...more

Is a lease always just a lease?

by Shutts & Bowen LLP on

For one Miami-Dade County shopping center owner, the answer is now yes, but only after a ruling from Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal in Garcia v. Dadeland Station Associates, Ltd. In 2015 that owner found itself...more

Assigned Rents Not Bankruptcy Estate Property After Assignment is Enforced

by Miller Canfield on

On May 2, 2017, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals clarified whether a bankruptcy debtor retains any property rights in rents after defaulting on a loan that includes an assignment of rents. The case, Town Center Flats,...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - May 2017 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

New Arizona Law Aims to Prevent "Drive-By" ADA Lawsuits - Arizona recently enacted a new law that gives businesses and property owners a 90-day grace period to fix alleged disability-access violations without paying...more

Will a court recognize ‘aerosol artists’?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

You may think of it as “graffiti,” but a court in New York must determine if “aerosol art” is “meritorious” and of “recognized stature” such that it gets special copyright protection....more

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in buildings - Update April 2017

by Dentons on

It is now just under one year until the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (or MEES) regime comes into force. From 1 April 2018, it will be unlawful for landlords to agree a new tenancy or a renewal for a property rated...more

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