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Chicago Affordable Housing Ordinance passes: key provisions, key requirements

Chicago’s City Council has approved an amendment to the existing affordable housing ordinance (the 2015 ARO) which will change, and in most cases increase, affordable housing requirements applicable to residential projects...more

Slip and Fall Accidents in the San Fernando Valley

Thousands of people are injured each year in San Fernando Valley in “slip and fall accidents,” which may be caused by slipping or tripping on uneven ground, a wet floor, or on unstable stairs. Who is at fault? Property...more

Another NY Appellate Division Holds that Appraisers have “No Right” to Inspect a Private Residence under the Fourth Amendment

We previously reported on a Second Department case that held a municipal agent (including a private appraiser hired by a municipality) is not automatically entitled to an inspection of a private residence to prepare an...more

Can a Condominium Association Ban Smoking in an Individual Unit?

States, cities and businesses are banning smoking in more and more places. Can condominium associations do the same by prohibiting residents from lighting up in their own homes? Many American smokers may think that’s...more

Injunctive Relief for Building Encroachment. Do I Have to Move the House?

When a land owner mistakenly builds a house or other building or structure that encroaches on a neighbor’s property, what is the remedy? Does the offending land owner have to physically remove the structure from the...more

How Hard Does it Have to Rain Before the Government is Liable for a “Condemnation Cloud?”

Public projects take years of planning and environmental review usually involving outreach to neighboring property owners and other stakeholders. During this process, potential right of way impacts are identified and property...more

Owners of Tax-Exempt Property in Philadelphia Must Provide Proof of Right to Continued Tax-Exempt Status

The Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment (OPA) has sent letters to all charitable organizations in the city that own property shown as tax-exempt, in whole or in part, in the OPA’s records. Attached to the letter is a...more

Inverse Condemnation: When is Your Claim Precluded by the Arizona Statute of Limitations?

An inverse condemnation of a landowner’s property can occur when a governmental entity: (1) physically takes the property without compensation; or (2) passes a new law that has a serious impact on the value and/or utility of...more

(UK) Rates and Refurbishments - when is a building in repair?

The question of how to value a building which is undergoing substantial refurbishment came before the Court of Appeal who ruled yesterday that the Valuation Tribunal had wrongly attributed a rateable value of £1 to offices...more

Litigation Alert: "Texas Appellate Court Says Pipeline Must Convince Jury of Common Carrier Status in Condemnation Case"

An intermediate Texas appellate court has called for an extensive jury role in the ongoing issue of determining when a pipeline is a common carrier. Common carrier status is critical to the pipeline company’s ability to use...more

Drone on Drones: Website Promises to Create “No-fly” Zones for Drones

A new website promises to allow property owners to establish a no-fly zone over their land by registering their address with an online database. “NoFlyZone.org” will then partner with drone manufacturers, which will add the...more

Arkansas Federal Court Denies Class Certification in Property Damage Suit

Exemplifying the reluctance of many courts to allow toxic tort cases to proceed as class actions, a federal judge in Arkansas denied certification of a putative class of neighboring landowners who claimed the Defendant’s...more

Environmental Alert: "Texas Supreme Court Declines to Determine Effect of Permit in Subsurface Trespass Case"

The Supreme Court of Texas upheld a jury verdict finding that a landowner did not suffer trespass from a wastewater injection well located on adjacent property. Environmental Processing Systems, L.C., v. FPL Farming Ltd.,...more

Appellate Court Addresses Judicial Discretion As to Record on Appeal from Quasi-Judicial Decision

Last week, the North Carolina Court of Appeals addressed some unique issues with respect to the trial court record in an appeal of a quasi-judicial proceeding....more

Real Property Tax Review is Especially Critical in an Upward Trending Market – The 2015 Real Property Tax Appeal Season Has...

Property owners should be receiving their annual property tax assessment notices (post cards) from the municipal assessor’s office at this time. Receipt of this assessment notice indicates that it is time to determine whether...more

Justice Department’s Kleptocracy Forfeiture Action Against Real Estate Allegedly Linked to Honduran Bribery Scheme Underscores...

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil forfeiture action seeking to recover certain Louisiana real estate allegedly purchased with funds traceable to a $2 million bribe paid to a former Honduran...more

Defining the “Larger Parcel” in Eminent Domain & Inverse Condemnation Actions

When a public agency acquires a portion of property, under California law the property owner is entitled to “severance damages” — or damages to the remainder portion of the property that was not acquired. Usually,...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 30, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Restrictive Covenants: restrictive covenant providing that an ostentatious site feature, which “may be offensive to adjacent neighbors is unacceptable” was improperly interpreted by architectural...more

Construction Defects – Right to Jury Trial on Factual Issues Necessary to Determine Whether a Construction Defect Cause of Action...

Stofer v. Shapell Industries, Inc. - Court Of Appeal, First Appellate District (January 15, 2015) - During the lifetime of a home, it may have many owners. This case considered a subsequent purchaser’s ability...more

Titling Property & Same-Sex Couples in Kentucky

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to hear the case that could decide the fate of same-sex marriage bans once and for all, legal ground in that area is now uncertain territory. Currently, however, Kentucky does not recognize...more

(US) Unamicable Split: Inherited Real Property and the Texas Forced Sale Statute

When multiple people inherit an interest in real property, each is responsible for their share of the ad valorem taxes of the property. What happens if one party fails to meet its tax obligations? What recourse is available...more

Fairfax Circuit Court Limits Homeowners’ Ability to Challenge Zoning Administrator

Contentious land use approvals often result in lawsuits, which, even when unsuccessful, can lead to costly delays for developers. In the recent case styled In Re: November 20, 2013 Decision of the Board of Zoning Appeals of...more

Case Could Alter the Reach of the Endangered Species Act

The U.S. District Court for the District of Utah attracted national attention with its November decision in People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, in which it ruled...more

Property Owners Beware! There is a Duty to Warn of Dangerous Dog!

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg handles several significant dog attack cases every year. Most people know that in California, the dog owner is strictly liable for dog bite injuries. However, most...more

A Municipal Ordinance Requiring Registration and Maintenance of Vacant or Foreclosed Properties Preempted under Chapter 21E

A municipal ordinance imposing registration and maintenance obligations upon owners and secured lenders of buildings that are vacant or undergoing foreclosure was preempted by the Massachusetts remediation and clean-up...more

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