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“Death by a Thousand Cuts” – Commercial Landlord Liable for Constructive Eviction Based on Cumulative Interference with Tenant’s...

In its recent decision, Sears, Roebuck & Co. v. 69th Street Retail Mall, L.P., 2015 WL 5778622, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the liability of a commercial landlord on a claim of constructive eviction based on the...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 13 & 20, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Property Damage/Breach of Contract: insurer failed to prove that it provided insured with notification of its right to mediate at the time insured made his claim pursuant to Florida Statutes,...more

Landlords, Leases And The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

As President Obama slows the drawdown of troops overseas — and as the nation expands its fight against ISIS — a growing number of service members will seek the benefits and protections of a nearly century-old law that...more

Negotiating a Lease Renewal Option

Most tenants and their real estate agents who negotiate commercial leases accept that many of the terms in the landlord’s “form” lease favor the landlord. One term, however, that favors only the tenant, and which every...more

New California Energy Use Disclosure Program for Commercial and Multifamily Buildings Approved

Current Disclosure Requirements for Building Owners and Tenants Repealed - A complicated energy reporting requirement for owners and tenants of commercial and multifamily buildings is ending under a new law that takes...more

Security of Tenure for Students in Scotland?! Have Your Say…But Time is Short!

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 7 October 2015. The Bill introduces a new tenancy (called the "private residential tenancy") for all future private sector tenancy...more

Legal Ramifications of the Bedbug Renaissance

Recently, several states and municipalities have increased landlords’ responsibility pertaining to prevention, disclosure and treatment of bedbugs in their housing units. As many unfortunately know, controlling a bedbug...more

Sixth Circuit Files Win for Bankruptcy Debtors Harassed During Automatic Stay

Creditors of bankruptcy debtors beware: a recent opinion from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals makes clear that creditors cannot circumvent the ban on collection efforts following the petition for bankruptcy by trying to...more

New Jersey Commercial Landlord Finds Loophole in Lease to Avoid Tenant Exclusivity Restrictions

On October 21, 2015, the New Jersey Appellate Division affirmed a trial court ruling that a South Jersey landlord did not violate a coffee-related exclusivity provision in its lease with Starbucks when it subsequently rented...more

Waste on land: a warning for landowners

Fly-tipping continues to cause problems for businesses, governments and communities. Defra recently assessed the number of fly-tipping incidents during 2014-2015 at around 900,000 in England alone.1 It comes as a surprise to...more

Update on Landlords Rights Against Tenants in Administration

We have written before on the subject of Landlords’ remedies when there is a pre-pack administration where a new company is formed to buy the viable part of the business and is put into occupation by the administrators...more

HUD Charges Colorado Landlords with Violations of the Fair Housing Act

On October 7, HUD announced a September 24 Charge of Discrimination against a group of Colorado landlords for allegedly “steering” families with children to apartments located at the rear end of the apartment building, an...more

Pop-Up Halloween Stores Don’t Scare Landlords

Halloween specialty stores have been popping up annually since the 1980’s and quickly became a national phenomena. According to the National Retail Federation, the celebration of Halloween is projected to generate...more

Real Estate Update: Rent Control Measures in the Private Housing Tenancies (Scotland) Bill

The Private Housing Tenancies (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 7 October 2015. In the consultations which preceded the Bill, the possibility of the introduction of rent controls was the most...more

How to Evict a Tenant

The ideal situation in a landlord-tenant relationship is the timely adherence to the provisions of the lease, producing mutual benefit for both parties to the contract. Unfortunately, sometimes this relationship deteriorates...more

(UK) New Rules for ASTs

The snappily titled Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notice and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015 come into force 1st October 2015....more

The Immigrant Family Business: Succeeding in the American Market

Statue Of Liberty Against A Golden Sky There is nothing uniquely American about the concept of family business. Families have operated businesses in every nation of the world, and some cultures are well known for fostering...more

Suing Your Tenant for Damages – Can You Recover Attorney’s Fees?

It’s one of the larger mines in the minefield of renting out property as a landlord – what happens when the tenant breaches the lease? What happens when the tenant doesn’t pay? In and among the questions presented by such a...more

GST Reform: Implications for the Real Estate Sector

Goods and Services Tax ("GST") commenced in Australia on 1 July 2000. While there have been some amendments since its introduction, the tax has remained largely unchanged for the past 15 years. In recent weeks there...more

Confession of Judgment in Commercial Leasing: Impact of Pennsylvania's New Power of Attorney Law

In the wake of the new law, leases containing a confession of judgment provision will need to be reviewed, and standard clauses for new leases and amendments will need to be revised to comply with the new...more

Consider Remodeling Your Lease to Avoid Unnecessary Problems

Landlords seem to have an unnatural aversion to changing their lease forms and, while the document should surely not be constantly over-hauled, there are times, particularly when we are dealing with existing space and second...more

Don’t Get Burned: Five Considerations When Leasing Restaurant Space in an Office Building

Leasing restaurant or café space in an office building requires certain considerations that a restaurant tenant may not encounter if it typically leases space in traditional retail settings. It is also important to realize...more

What Happened to My Prevailing Party Attorneys' Fees Claim Against My Tenant?

Many leases contain a provision that the “prevailing party” in any litigation between the landlord and its tenant is entitled to recover all of its legal costs, including attorneys’ fees. However, that provision does not...more

Construction and Engineering Toolkit: Insuring Existing Buildings in Which and Next to Which Construction Work is to Take Place

This construction guide covers: -JCT contracts in real estate development -Minimum energy standards for letting buildings -Construction work adjacent to existing structures -Insuring the existing...more

My Tenants are in Default, and I Want Them Out! Now What? A Brief Overview of the Eviction Process

There almost always comes a time when a landlord has had all it can take from a problem tenant and decides it’s time to pull the trigger to start the eviction process. Most often, the tenant has built up a hefty balance in...more

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