Commercial Property Owners

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Nassau County's New "Disputed Assessment Fund" is Likely to Raise Tax Rates

Commercial property owners in Nassau County take note: tax rates for your properties are likely to increase. For years, when property owners successfully challenged their real property assessments in Nassau County, the...more

Pennsylvania Property Tax Reassessment Update

Several counties in Pennsylvania are conducting countywide property reassessments. This update provides status changes for Washington, Blair and Lancaster Counties, along with a set of important deadlines and basic assessment...more

Own or Lease? New Accounting Rules Necessitate Review

The divestiture of property owned by non-real estate companies has long been a trend in the U.S. Though there are many advantages to owning—and thereby controlling—your own real estate, non-real estate businesses, especially...more

In The Know - 1st Edition, May 2016

Welcome to the first edition of IN, a quarterly digest designed to keep insurers in the know on both the development, as well as the ongoing evolution, of legal trends relevant to first-party property coverage and bad faith...more

How Smartphones, Showrooming Impact Property Taxes and More

The battle between physical stores and online retail rages on, but the recent explosion in smartphone usage is blurring the battle lines. Using smartphones, consumers in a store now can simultaneously shop and compare pricing...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - How cities are taking the lead on green building - Wall Street Journal - Apr 28 - Cities in the U.S. are leading the way on climate and energy policies—especially policies...more

Construction Group Projects

Robinson+Cole’s construction lawyers worked on many significant and unique projects across the country worth billions of dollars in construction value in recent months. Our clients are owners, designers, and contractors, and...more

Don’t Let Deposits Spoil the Deal

A recent case acted as a reminder of the risk inherent in taking a contractual deposit which is greater than the market norm. That case involved penalties for overstaying permitted parking times and re-confirmed the contract...more

What a Nuisance - Owner Liability for Other Persons

As an owner of commercial real estate, could you ever be liable for nuisance committed on the property by someone other than you? The recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Cocking & Anor v Eacott & Anor [2016] EWCA Civ...more

What Constitutes Acceptable "Wear And Tear" in a Commercial Lease?

Terminating a commercial lease? You’re likely to encounter the question of whether the surrendered premises are in the condition required pursuant to the lease terms. Commercial leases often require the rental premises to be...more

Stamp Duty Land Tax on Commercial Property in the United Kingdom: Rates

In more detail - The changes will affect purchases and leases of commercial properties, including mixed commercial and residential properties, with an “effective date” on or after 17th March. Two changes have been...more

No Appeal to Housing Court for Major Development Projects Says Top Mass. Court

Appeals of major development projects of 25 or more dwelling units or 25,000 square feet or more of gross floor area cannot go to the Massachusetts Housing Court, as jurisdiction for these projects is exclusively with the...more

Pennsylvania Capital Stock Tax Phased Out; LLCs Now Are the Entity of Choice in PA; Procedure for Filing Final Returns

Until it expired at the end of 2015, Pennsylvania Capital Stock Franchise Tax (CSFT) was imposed on all limited liability companies (LLCs), corporations, joint-stock associations, and business trusts doing business in or...more

Actual knowledge is a prerequisite to liability: Houston Appeals Court reiterates Chapter 95’s central role in suits against...

The Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Oiltanking Houston, L.P. v. Delgado, No. 14-14-00158-CV, 2016 WL 354439 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Jan. 28, 2016, no pet. h.) has reversed a $21 million verdict against a property owner...more

Business Rates: Looking Ahead in 2016 – The Good, The Bad and The Maybe

Business rates are charged on the majority of commercial properties, such as shops and offices, and represent one of the largest overheads for businesses. They are calculated using the rateable value of the property (the...more

Belgian Retail Newsletter: The Legislation On Commercial Establishments Or So-Called “Socio-Economic Permit” Legislation: From...

A prudent retailer seeking to open a point of sale in Belgium should check compliance with the legislation on commercial establishments1 which may require a declaration and/or a permit prior to the effective opening date....more

Belgian Retail Newsletter: The Legislation On Commercial Establishments Or So-Called “Socio-Economic Permit” Legislation: From...

A prudent retailer seeking to open a point of sale in Belgium should check compliance with the legislation on commercial establishments1 which may require a declaration and/or a permit prior to the effective opening date....more

Implications of Texas' Open Carry Law for Property Owners

Texas House Bill 910, also known as the "Open Carry" bill, was signed in to law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 13, 2015. Most of the provisions of the "Open Carry" law become effective on January 1, 2016. The new "Open...more

Hot Tips for a Tenant to Green its Space

Companies of all shapes and sizes ranging from office and commercial tenants to those in the retail sector continue to look for ways to ensure their spaces are as “green” as possible – especially in today’s climate with a...more

UK emissions reduction schemes – an update for property lenders

At the end of last year, we wrote about the energy efficiency schemes most relevant to property lenders. In this article, we set out the key developments in this area since then....more

Recent North Carolina Court of Appeals Decision Serves as Reminder to Owners Associations

A recent decision by the North Carolina Court of Appeals serves as a reminder that owners associations must deal fairly with their members at all times and board members must not let past disputes or personal issues cloud...more

Snow, Ice and the Dangers of Winter

The winter months are fraught with injury risks, and many residents of Chicago do their best to prepare for the dangers of snow and ice. Damp, slippery conditions can lead to injury, and many injured parties and property...more

NJ Developer Gets Green Light for Antitrust Suit as Rival Supermarket Owner Seeks to Block Wegmans

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued a precedential opinion last week when it ruled that a New Jersey real estate developer had standing to pursue antitrust claims against the owner of a nearby ShopRite who engaged in...more

Property Taxes: A Shopping Center May Not Always be a Shopping Center

In the world of real property taxes, Valuation + Classification = Assessed Valuation. Sounds simple, right? The County Assessor determines the first factor, valuation (subject to certain guidelines under applicable Arizona...more

Governor Brown Signs Legislation Changing Commercial Building Owner Obligations on Energy Usage Disclosure

On October 8, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 802, which among other actions repeals the existing nonresidential building energy usage disclosure requirements. The prior law, AB 1103, codified in the...more

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