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Recovering Possession of Abandoned Residential Property

The headline news from the Housing and Planning Act 2016 (the ‘Housing and Planning Act’) makes it look as though there is a good new solution to enable residential landlords to get their property back in their control when...more

Let's Talk North Carolina Leases: The Name of the Game Is the Correct Name

A lease is a contract. It is a contract in which the lessor (think, landlord or tenant/sublandlord) grants to another person or entity, called the lessee (think, tenant/sublandlord or subtenant), the right to possess and use...more

That Sinking Feeling

Structuring the ownership of mixed use buildings requires care both initially and then during the management of the building.  In a recent case, an investor in the residential parts of a mixed use building faces a significant...more

Development – the clash of covenants

The recent High Court decision in Timothy Taylor Ltd v. Mayfair House Corporation and another [2016] EWHC 1075 (Ch) illustrates a point made in our recent article "Upward development – the extra layer", that landlords...more

Iowa’s Highest Court Enters First Decision on Certain Landlord-Tenant Issues Raised in 2013 Staley Case: Landlords Must Take Note...

As most landlords are aware, in 2013, the Iowa Court of Appeals entered a decision in the Staley v Barkalow case, which involved a group of tenants who sued their landlord over the content of their lease agreements....more

Real News - Spring 2016

Earlier this year, David Cameron fired the starting gun on whether Britain should continue its membership of the EU. As we all know, the potential effect of a Brexit is a topic which has divided the opinions not only of our...more

California Court of Appeal Affirms Demurrer to Class Allegations Where Mobilehome Park Residents Lack Community of Interest

In Schermer v. Tatum, 245 Cal. App. 4th 912 (2016), the California Court of Appeal affirmed two important principles for class actions in California: (1) to have a community of interest, there must be a wrong that is truly...more

Housing and Criminal Background Checks

HUD has issued guidance indicating it will review of the use of criminal background checks in determining qualifications for residents in housing. HUD is following the lead of the EEOC concerning criminal convictions and...more

Dismissal of Class Action – No Community of Interest

Jeffrey Schermer, et al. v. Thomas T. Tatum, et al. Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (March 18, 2016) Class actions are permitted “when the question is one of a common or general interest, of many...more

A new broom: sweeper clauses in residential leases

Properly employed, sweeper clauses are designed to catch service charge costs that may be unforeseeable at the time of drafting. This is an essential fall back when drafting a long residential lease whose term will be...more

Attacking Class Action Allegations On The Pleadings Can Be A Successful Strategy

Not all class action allegations are created equal. Certain types of claims are more likely to be amenable to class treatment – generally those involving uniform policies that result in uniform injuries; other claims seem...more

Unlawful Detainer – “Lease” v. “Sale” Agreement

Jon Taylor, et al. v. Nu Digital Marketing, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District (February 29, 2016) - An unlawful detainer action is authorized and governed by California Code of Civil Procedure §1161...more

Landlords in Philadelphia Face New Legal Requirements Concerning Residential Rental Increases

Mayor Michael Nutter last week signed into law a bill that imposes new requirements on residential landlords in Philadelphia. The bill establishes strict notice requirements that landlords will need to follow regarding rental...more

A Contractual Attorney Fee Provision Cannot Override the Statutory Cap on Attorney Fees in a Small Claims Appeal

Michael Dorsey v. The Superior Court of San Diego (Crosier) - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (October 22, 2015) - Small Claims Court exists so those with meritorious claims under $10,000 can have their...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

Real Estate Update: Rent Control Measures in the Private Housing Tenancies (Scotland) Bill

The Private Housing Tenancies (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 7 October 2015. In the consultations which preceded the Bill, the possibility of the introduction of rent controls was the most...more

How to Evict a Tenant

The ideal situation in a landlord-tenant relationship is the timely adherence to the provisions of the lease, producing mutual benefit for both parties to the contract. Unfortunately, sometimes this relationship deteriorates...more

Judicial Foreclosure: Things That Can Go Sideways During The Redemption Period

Judicial foreclosure is uncommon in California. In most cases, lenders will pursue nonjudicial foreclosure (aka “trustee’s sales”), which are simple, quick, and efficient. But when a lender is dead-set on recovering a...more

Making the Move from Massachusetts: Changing Your Domicile May Prove Challenging

Labor Day will soon be upon us and with that a change of seasons here in Massachusetts. While it’s not quite time to take out the winter woolies, the dismal 2016 winter weather predictions for the Northeast may have already...more

Real estate in Paris - Pre-emption right empowers the city

IMMOBILIER A PARIS: L’arsenal renforcé de la commune pour préempter - Dans un contexte où le mécanisme d’encadrement des loyers des logements instauré par la loi ALUR devrait, selon le communiqué de presse du cabinet de...more

North Carolina Governor Signs HB 174/Session Law 178 into Law – Altering Foreclosure Rights & Remedies in the Landlord-Tenant...

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed HB 174/Session Law 178 into law on August 5, modifying several requirements to the foreclosure process in the landlord-tenant context. Of particular importance, the bill amended the...more

Beware Of The One-Two Punch Expected In The Fair Housing Law Arena

The combination of a recent unfavorable Supreme Court decision along with dramatically increased federal funding for fair housing enforcement could spell bad news. Businesses that operate in the housing industry and those...more

Idaho Real Estate & Development Law Update: In Idaho, CC&R Amendments May Add New Burdens, Not Just Modify Existing Ones

In the recent case of Virgil Adams v. Kimberley One Townhouse, released June 22, 2015, the Idaho Supreme Court covered some new ground and revisited some old ground. The case involved a townhouse subdivision governed by a...more

Real World - An Update from Dechert's London Finance and Real Estate Group July 2015: Energy Efficiency in the Rented Sector

The UK government has a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, compared to the 1990 baseline. As domestic buildings were responsible for 25% and non-domestic buildings for 12% of total carbon...more

Second Circuit Revives Fair Housing Disability Bias Suit

In a very significant move, earlier this week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (the “Second Circuit”) reinstated a Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) lawsuit and held that there was sufficient evidence to defeat summary...more

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