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Ontario Introduces A 15 Per Cent Non-Resident Speculation Tax on Certain Real Estate

On April 20, 2017, the Ontario government announced that it is imposing a 15 per cent non-resident speculation tax (NRST) on the purchase or acquisition of interests in residential property located in the Greater Golden...more

Valuing Underground Natural Gas Storage in Eminent Domain Proceedings

by Nossaman LLP on

In California eminent domain proceedings, a property owner is entitled to the “fair market value” of the property being acquired. Typically, fair market value is determined by analyzing comparable sales or by utilizing an...more

The Grave Reality of a Cemetery on Your Property

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

A huge fan of the Hill Country, Skare D. Katz buys a large piece of undeveloped land from the Solable Family outside of Austin. Skare D. plans to build a ranch for retirement. One Saturday while Skare D. is visiting the...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending April 14 & 21, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Attorneys’ Fees: mortgage foreclosure plaintiffs seeking attorney’s fees must support their claim with competent, substantial evidence of the number of hours worked and evidence that...more

Enforcement of Vacant and Abandoned Property Ordinances on Rise

by Barley Snyder on

Banks and other mortgage servicers are receiving notices from companies like ProChamps, which have been retained to assist municipalities with enforcement of vacant property ordinances. These enforcement actions could...more

Is Your Neighbor’s Dock on Your Property?

by Varnum LLP on

I've always envied accountants because their busy season ends when the weather starts to get nice. As a riparian rights attorney, I have the opposite problem. When lake season approaches, and docks and lifts are installed, my...more

Waiving not an option in offer-back case

by Hogan Lovells on

Offer-back clauses in leases are sometimes used to give the landlord greater control over the identity of the tenant at a property. However, the mechanism of operating an offer-back clause can be problematic as demonstrated...more

Recent MRB Administrative Actions Highlight that Minutiae Matters to HUD

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On April 4, 2017, the Mortgagee Review Board (MRB) of the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published an entry in the Federal Register titled "Mortgagee Review Board: Administrative Actions." The entry...more

California Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates - Local Governments Need to Voice Their Concerns Before...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Local governments should take action to oppose a California bill that will drastically curtail local discretionary authority over small cell deployments and mandate use of public property such as street light poles at...more

Border Wall Battles - Can you fight the government’s efforts to take land for the border wall, and how much compensation can you...

Landowners along the border of the United States and Mexico may soon face fast-tracked efforts by the federal government to condemn easements and, in many cases, substantial portions of their land outright through eminent...more

Bankruptcy Court Imposes Massively Disproportionate $45 Million Punitive Exaction, Then Plays Santa Claus With $40 Million Of It

A bankruptcy judge in the Eastern District of California recently issued a decision that is sure to raise appellate eyebrows. Concluding in In re Sundquist that the defendant bank had violated the automatic stay by...more

Appraisal Award Unenforceable Where Suit Limitation Period Expired Prior To Filing Suit: New York County Dismisses Storm Sandy...

Suit limitation provisions in insurance policies shorten the statutory period of time that a plaintiff may bring a suit against an insurer for certain causes of action. A New York court recently held that an appraisal award...more

Second Department Reverses Trial Court: Cottage is not a Nonconforming Use

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On April 5, 2017, in an Article 78 proceeding, Tavano v. Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Patterson, 2017 NY Slip Op 02661, the Second Department reversed a trial court decision and reinstated a decision of the Zoning...more

Michigan’s 2017 Property Tax Assessment Appeal Deadlines Are Approaching

by Dickinson Wright on

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, is the deadline for filing 2017 petitions with the Michigan Tax Tribunal for property tax appeals involving commercial real property, industrial real property, developmental real property, commercial...more

2017 commercial real estate outlook: The impact of U.S. tax reform - April 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Despite strengthening market headwinds and troubling political uncertainties, the U.S. commercial real estate market is likely to remain the top destination for global real estate capital in 2017, and may even see a return to...more

Proposals for register of beneficial owners of foreign entities owning UK real estate

by DLA Piper on

On 5 April 2017 the UK Government published a consultation (or "call for evidence") on proposals for a new beneficial ownership register for overseas companies and other legal entities owning UK real estate. The consultation...more

UK Real Estate Aims for a “World’s First”

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Government has published a consultation document, proposing the introduction of a public register that details the identity of the ultimate owners behind foreign companies that purchase real estate in the UK. It is said...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 31 & April 7, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Deficiency Judgment: where a foreclosing bank acquires in rem jurisdiction via service by publication in underlying foreclosure action, bank may still seek personal service over an...more

A move to "glasshouses": Government announces call for evidence on a register of beneficial owners of property controlled by...

by Hogan Lovells on

On 5 April 2017, the government launched a call for evidence on a register showing the beneficial ownership of property controlled by overseas companies and other legal entities. This isn’t the first time that these...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 8, Issue 4

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

ALJ Finds CEO Changed Domicile from New York City to Texas - A New York State Administrative Law Judge has held that the CEO of Match.com (“Match”) changed his domicile from New York to Texas for New York State and City...more

Time for Plan B? Amending a Planning Scheme.

by Reed Smith on

In today’s volatile markets the commercial viability of a project can change in the time it takes to implement a hard-won planning consent and even after works have begun. It may therefore be necessary to amend a scheme...more

Land Use and Environmental Pitfalls for Realtors- Includes Exclusive Power Point Presentation

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On February 20, 2017, our colleagues blogged about Ader v. Guzman, 135 AD3d 668 [2d Dept. 2016] and a guidance letter subsequently issued by the NYS Department of State (NYSDOS). At issue was the responsibility of a real...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 24, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Condition Precedent: servicer did not meet its burden of proving it satisfied condition precedent of giving notice of acceleration by failing to provide evidence that notice letter had...more

End Of An Era Or Simply a Moment In Time?

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

What conclusions can we draw from the increasing vacancy rates in prime NYC retail real estate? A momentary blip? Something we’ve seen many times before, only to be followed by the inevitable climb in rents to their...more

Important Decision Regarding Pre-Existing Nonconforming Structures

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In a recent decision, the Land Court clarified that Massachusetts state law does not require local zoning boards to make detailed factual findings when approving an extension or alteration to a pre-existing nonconforming...more

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