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The 'Rents: NCDOT Is Looking to Charge Rents, While Residential Tenants Are Denied Class Certification to Collect Rent Deposits

We've been quiet these past few weeks but the world has not been. We'd like to talk today about two entirely unrelated but fascinatingly fun topics: (1) the North Carolina Department of Transportation's ("NCDOT") idea to...more

Workers' Compensation Board Appellate Division Updates

Handicapped-accessible housing as a "physical aid" under 39-A M.R.S. § 206(8) - In Chapman v. VIP, Inc., Me. WCB App. Div. No. 14-9 (March 10, 2014), at issue was the payment of rent premium due to an asserted need for...more

Administration Rents: Goldacre Overruled

An important recent Court of Appeal decision, Pillar Denton Ltd and others v Jervis and others; re Games Station [2014] EWCA Civ 180, has overruled the controversial “Goldacre Ruling” and significantly changed the law on how...more

Landlords Welcome Landmark Decision In Re Game Station

LONDON - The Court of Appeal in the case of Re Game Station has held that rent payable by a tenant that enters administration is a priority expense of the administration while the leasehold premises are being used for the...more

Right of First Refusal Act in Prince George's County, Md., Impacts Multifamily Rental Properties

Prince George's County Council recently passed CB-27-2013 (Conversion of Rental Housing), to regulate the sale of multifamily rental housing under certain circumstances to protect quality low- and moderate-income affordable...more

H.R.2612 - Public Buildings Savings and Reform Act of 2013 Underscores DMV Rent Caps

Following a May 2012 directive from the White House Office of Management and Budget, federal agencies are now prohibited from increasing their space while concurrently reducing the amount of space under lease. As a...more

Judgment Against Commercial Landlord Reversed

The Third Court of Appeals has reversed and remanded a lower court’s judgment that a landlord take nothing on his claims for damages under a commercial lease and pay the tenant’s attorney fees....more

CAUSE FOR DISTRESS? The remedy of distress is being abolished from 6 April 2014

WHAT IS DISTRESS? Levying Distress means "sending in the bailiffs" to seize a tenant's goods in order to recover arrears of rent. It allows a Landlord to take possession of the tenant's goods on the let premises and...more

CIS Legal Update - September 2013: Recent Developments of Russian Court Practice on Lease of Real Estate

The Supreme State Commercial Court of the Russian Federation (the "Supreme State Commercial Court") issued Decree No. 13 (the "Decree") on 25 January 2013 clarifying certain issues relating to lease agreements. The Decree...more

Tenants Beware on Commercial Leases

Commercial leases can be dozens of pages long. It’s easy to miss something critical — such as who’s responsible for HVAC repairs or what the tenant can or cannot do in the space. While there are many consumer protections...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Controversial Condominium Decision

Tomorrow morning in Chicago, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a high-profile appeal from the Second District, Spanish Court Two Condominium Association v. Carlson. ...more

General Guidelines For Florida Landlords

Below are some general guidelines and checklists that Florida landlords may want to consider when dealing with tenants, including pre-litigation tips and recommended lease provisions. ...more

Tax Free Income For Up To 14 Days Rental Of Personal Residence

Planning a vacation this summer but don't know how to finance it? Consider renting out your personal residence while you are away and pocketing the rental income tax-free!...more

Real Estate Tip – Ground Leasing Part 3: Default May Lead to Tenant Losing Building

In parts 1 and 2 of our ground lease series, we discussed the basics of ground leases, including by-agreement and sales-based rent adjustments. Today, we look at another lease issue that becomes more critical in the ground...more

Administration Rents: Next Stop - Court of Appeal

A key legal High Court hearing on the “Goldacre Ruling”, which deals with how rent is paid during an administration (and often leaves landlords out of pocket), means that the Court of Appeal will now consider whether “rents...more

Real Estate Tip – Ground Leasing Part 2: By-Agreement & Percentage-Rent Options

In our last real estate tip, we discussed the importance of good rent adjustment methods in long-term ground leases. Today, we look at the pros and cons of two rent-adjustment options...more

HUD Issues Revised Instructions for Rental Assistance Demonstration

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released revised instructions for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program....more

Tornados And Leases – Who Pays?

Winn Blohn knew the storm was coming before it lifted the roof and parts of the second floor from his home....more

Getting In: Preparation and Delivery of Leased Premises

The condition of the premises upon delivery is often one of the most important parts of the lease negotiation. The lease provisions addressing this issue are often contained in an exhibit or schedule to the lease, or a...more

Ground Leasing Part 1: Leasing Land Instead of a Building

If a business cannot purchase or lease all or part of a building for its operations, a ground lease may be a viable alternative....more

Getting The Most Bang For Your Buck – Considering Usable vs. Rentable Square Footage

In commercial leases the leased premises is usually defined in terms of rentable square feet. Tenants often focus their negotiations on the rental rate for those square feet....more

Leases Don’t Last Forever

Did you know that leases which may have been intended to be renewable in perpetuity, if at all uncertain in that regard, will be construed as importing but one renewal?...more

FTC, Rent-to-Own Stores Settle Charges of Spying on Consumers Via Rented Computers

The Federal Trade Commission recently approved nine final orders that settle charges against seven rent-to-own stores and a software design firm and its principals. The charges stemmed from shocking allegations that the...more

Real Estate Tip – Tenant Fit-Up: When is the Job Complete?

Rent payments may be tied to a fit-up completion date, such as the tenant’s opening or receipt of an architect’s certificate. Once the fit-up work is complete and the tenant is paying rent, what happens if the landlord...more

Appellate Notes: Recent Decisions of the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts - January 2013

In This Issue: -AC31211 - Aguinaldo v. Warner -AC33771 - Thompson Gardens West Condominium Assn., Inc. v. Masto -AC33850 - Unifund CCR Partners v. Schaeppi -AC33400 - Samnard Associates, LLC...more

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