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Florida's Credit Card Surcharge Prohibition Found Unconstitutional

Landlords, real estate owners and retail owners have experienced cuts into their bottom line as a result of having to absorb the costs of consumers using credit cards. Such landlords and business owners typically have to pay...more

Marijuana Retailers – Are Private Clubs an Answer to Prohibitions on Public Use?

In jurisdictions where recreational marijuana is legal, many retail entrepreneurs and commercial landlords want to understand how and if marijuana can be consumed in retail establishments.  In jurisdictions such as Colorado...more

Landlords and tenants: To Airbnb or not Airbnb, that is the question

If you own or occupy residential real property, a question may come to mind. As Shakespeare might have put it, “To BNB or not BNB, that is the question.”...more

January 2016 UK Immigration Update

New developments include the Migration Advisory Committee announcing its findings regarding Tier 2 of the Points-Based System, a requirement for private landlords to conduct right-to-rent checks, and changes to UK immigration...more

2015 Half-year in review M&A legal developments

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...more

Landlords Beware: Potential Post-Holiday Bankruptcy Filings By Retail Tenants

The holiday shopping season has long been the most important time of the year for many retailers. In the past, it has been common for troubled retailers to file for bankruptcy protection in the months following the holiday...more

Criminal negligence conviction for landlord who disregarded Fire Code violations, deceived fire inspector

An appeal court has upheld the conviction of a landlord for criminal negligence causing death after numerous Fire Code violations led to a tenant’s death.  The case demonstrates that violations of duties under provincial...more

Jail Time for Residential Landlords?

Apparently residential landlords could face jail time if two companion bills introduced in the Florida House and Senate become law during the upcoming legislative session....more

Foundation: December 2015 • Vol. II, Issue 3

As we now find ourselves in the midst of Q4 with the holiday season rapidly approaching, it is safe to say that 2015 was a rather dynamic year across the board. The real estate market being no exception, we expect great...more

Negotiating the Security Deposit Provision of Your Office Lease

An important provision of an office lease is the security deposit provision. While it is beneficial to a landlord to maximize the size of the security deposit it receives from a tenant in order to ensure the tenant’s faithful...more

Residential Landlords May Be Responsible for Snow Removal Due to Past Conduct

Under Ohio law, a residential landlord ordinarily has no duty to remove natural accumulations of ice and snow from common areas under his control when the lease is silent on the matter; ice and snow removal from steps and...more

Alcombrack v. Ciccarelli - Court of Appeals Declines to Broaden Tort Duties

A couple defaulted on their home loan obligations on a house they leased to a tenant. The couple did not tell the tenant about the default. After a trustee’s sale, the lender hired a company to inspect the house; and the...more

Commercial Lease Issues for Rhode Island Restaurants

The landlord-tenant relationship is one of the most common business relationships in any state. Each landlord-tenant relationship presents its own unique set of challenges because the specific business operations of the...more

How to Negotiate an Exclusive Use Provision

Both landlords and tenants are well served to begin discussing exclusives early in the lease negotiations. An exclusive use clause is a valuable and often heavily negotiated provision in leases. An “exclusive” prohibits...more

Financeable Retail Leases: A Guide to the Perplexed

Our colleague Steve Friedberg recently spoke at the ICSC Shopping Center Law Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on the topic of “Financeable Retail Leases: A Guide to the Perplexed”. The seminar explored the requirements for...more

Retail and Hospitality Group News - November 2015

It’s Getting Easier to do Business in Massachusetts - Within his first several months in office, Governor Charlie Baker took steps to make Massachusetts a friendlier place to do business. On March 31, 2015, Governor...more

“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

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