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Buyer Beware: Used Cars Subject to Different Protections Than New Cars

The new highway bill that recently was signed into law seems to have been influenced by the automotive industry because it does not require used-car dealerships to make repairs on vehicles with open recalls, leaving buyers...more

Market Data Which Did Not Relate To Valuation Date Could Not Support Assessment Reduction For Lakeside Rental Property Before...

The Owner of a lakeside rental property failed to connect her market evidence to the relevant valuation date. Consequently, the Tax Court affirmed the partial denial of Owner’s assessment appeal for the March 1, 2009...more

Landscape of Proposed Chicago “Airbnb” Ordinance Still Changing, Days from City Council Vote

In early May, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a highly controversial ordinance to regulate Airbnb and other home-sharing service providers. In its initial form, the ordinance required units rented out for more than 90...more

Make the Most of Your Mediation: The Neighbor Dispute

Disputes between neighbors are among the most blistering battles in the courthouse. As one advocate observed during a break in Day 3 of Hatfield v. McCoy, “At least in a divorce, one of the parties moves out of the house.”...more

The Dangers of Idle Property: Squatters Rights in California

Imagine that you live in Colorado, but own a vacation home in California. You love California, but are only able to visit once a year during the summer, while your kids are on vacation from school. Typically you and your...more

SF Supes Vote to Violate Communications Decency Act with Amendment to Airbnb Law

On June 7, 2016, which also happens to be primary day in California, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to amend the City’s Residential Unit Conversion Ordinance (the so-called Airbnb Law) to require...more

Have You Got the Right EPCs?

We were reading in the Property Week (27th May edition) just how unreliable an EPC rating can be. This matters because from 2018 when new minimum energy efficiency regulations (MEES) start to apply, investors won’t be able...more

Maryland Court of Appeals OKs Circumstantial Causation Evidence in Lead Paint Cases

In a case that may make it easier to prove causation in Maryland lead paint cases, the Maryland Court of Appeals held that neither direct evidence of the source of lead nor expert testimony was necessary when a trier of fact...more

Alert - City Increases Park/Quimby Fees for ALL Future Residential Buildings

As some of you are aware, the City Planning Department along with Parks and Recs have been pushing to increase the Quimby fees (Parks fees for new condo/for sale units) as well as to create new Park Fees for newly constructed...more

Ballard Spahr provides comments to HUD’s proposed revisions to RAD documents

As a follow-up to our March 24, 2016 post, on May 16, 2016, Ballard Spahr submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on proposed revisions to documents used in the Rental Assistance...more

Short-Term Rentals Spur Discord at Neighborhood Level

The debate over short-term vacation rentals is increasingly pitting neighbor against neighbor. Despite the failure of San Francisco’s high-profile Proposition F, which would have limited short-term rentals to 75 days per year...more

Tenth Circuit Reduces Punitive Award By More Than Ninety Percent In Carbon Monoxide Case

Lately, we have had many occasions to criticize courts’ analysis of punitive damages issues, so it is nice for a change to be able to report on the Tenth Circuit’s insightful decision in Lompe v. Sunridge Partners. Readers...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC36040, AC36270 - Barton v. Norwalk - Congratulations to Elliott B. Pollack and Tiffany K. Spinella on their big win before the Appellate Court. This decision upheld a...more

HUD Releases Guidance on Criminal Background Checks by Housing Providers

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on April 4, 2016, issued guidance addressing Fair Housing Act liability regarding the use of criminal background checks or screenings in housing determinations....more

Upward development – the extra layer

Whilst recent proposals to simplify the planning process for upward development in London will no doubt be welcomed, this article outlines some of the other issues for property developers and investors to consider when...more

HUD Releases Guidance on Fair Housing and Criminal Screening in Private Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidance on April 4, 2016, on the use of criminal conviction records by housing providers in screening applicants. The guidance advises housing providers...more

HUD Determines That Blanket Bans of Ex-Offenders is Illegal Under the Fair Housing Act

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) issued guidance on its interpretation of how the Fair Housing Act applies to housing providers’ policies that ban residents with criminal records....more

HUD publishes new Fair Housing guidance on criminal background checks

On Monday, HUD published new guidance for landlords conducting criminal background checks as a condition of renting housing. This guidance is applicable to all providers or operators of housing and real estate related...more

Bill to Tax Vacation Home Rentals Is Alive but Not Quite Kicking

Attention, Massachusetts vacation home owners who earn money renting your properties! An Act Providing for Local Aid Enhancement is showing signs of kinetic energy....more

HUD issues PHA Tool for Fair Housing Assessment; Comments due May 23rd

On March 23, 2016, HUD published a notice in the Federal Register to announce the issuance of an Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool for Public Housing Authorities (the “PHA Assessment Tool”). Under the...more

A-1 Self-Storage Unit Protection Plan: California Court of Appeal Defers to Agency Interpretation of the Insurance Code

The California Court of Appeal recently affirmed a ruling that an optional protection plan in a storage rental contract to transfer the risk of property damage or loss from the renter to the rental company did not transform...more

Ballard Spahr provides comments on HUD’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Over-Income Families in Public Housing

On March 4, 2016, Ballard Spahr submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) regarding over-income families in public housing. The comments...more

Comments due March 4th on HUD’s Proposed Rulemaking on Over-Income Public Housing Tenants

On February 3, 2016, HUD published a notice in the Federal Register to announce that “it is considering rulemaking to ensure that individuals and families residing in HUD public housing in fact continue to need housing...more

N.Y. Appeals Court Ruling on Short-Term Rental Lodging May Have Implications for Airbnb and Other “Sharing Economy” Companies

The New York Appellate Division’s recent decision that blocked a municipality’s attempt to regulate a homeowner’s renting out of his individual residence as short-term lodging demonstrates challenges that may face...more

UK Supreme Court Upholds Court of Appeal Decision in M&S v BNP Paribas Rent Claim

The UK Supreme Court has now handed down its greatly anticipated judgment in the case of Marks and Spencer plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Limited. The Court confirmed that where a break clause...more

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