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Rent-Stabilization Lease A “Public Benefit” For Exemption Purposes

Faced with bankruptcy, one of the foremost thoughts on an individual debtor’s mind is whether or not, upon exiting bankruptcy, the individual will retain any property he or she possessed prior to bankruptcy. Addressing this...more

Landlords Need Not Deny Puppy Love

Dog-lovers will be happy to know they may rent property to a tenant and the tenant’s dog without necessarily being subject to strict liability if man’s best friend turns out to be not-so-friendly after all. In Spirlong v....more

New York Court of Appeals Holds Non-Cumulation Clauses Applicable to Lead Paint Claims

In its recent decision in Nesmith v Allstate Ins. Co., 2014 NY Slip Op 08217 (N.Y. Nov. 27, 2014), the New York Court of Appeals – New York’s highest court – had occasion to revisit the application of “non-cumulation” clauses...more

Leases: Avoid Unnecessary Headaches With Precise Drafting

Charter v. Kearney (In re Colen), 516 B.R. 618 (Bankr. D. Or. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sued the tenants’ landlord to recover payment of a fee that he contended was illegal under state law. The issue turned on...more

Legality of Upfront Tenant Fees

A recent Massachusetts federal district court case has placed a significant limitation on the type of upfront fees that landlords may charge tenants. On August 26, 2014, Judge Rya Zobel ruled that Equity Residential, a...more

Seattle Residential Landlords — New Registration and Inspection Requirements

The first deadline under the City of Seattle’s new Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (“Ordinance”) is coming up at the end of this month. The law is intended to ensure that residential housing meets basic safety...more

‘When Do I Get My Space?’ A Brief Tenant Improvements Guide for Tenants

You’ve had enough of building tours, negotiating lease terms, conference calls and your inbox filling up with PDFs of nearly final improvement specifications and space plans. You’ve finally signed a shiny new lease for space...more

New Rules For Casual Residential Real Estate Investors

During the Great Recession, many savvy investors and entrepreneurs took advantage of plummeting home prices and low interest rates by buying up and leasing residential real estate. Owners did not need to worry about...more

Changes to the local approval and contribution requirements under the Maryland QAP

Proposed changes under the Maryland Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) would eliminate the “local approval” requirement and replace it with an opportunity for the political subdivision in which the project is located to comment...more

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – Protecting the Penny Wise in a Lease

Some penny wise clients resist advice to get real estate out of their own individual names, opening themselves to unnecessary risk. Fortunate clients, who have not met the “trial bar” up close and personal, sometimes still...more

N.C. Court of Appeals Upholds Use of Zoning Powers Against Landlords to Regulate Parking By Tenants

Pretty, Huh? Chapel Hill, North Carolina is a beautiful town like any other beautiful town. It has restaurants and parks and movie theaters and many renting and owning residents. But Chapel Hill is also a college...more

Buyers Beware: Little Known Pittsburgh Building Code Ordinance Can Present Expensive Problems

Commercial property buyers, landlords and tenants should be aware that a little known City of Pittsburgh ordinance requires building owners to conduct periodic inspections of building façade exteriors in the City. Many...more

NJ Law Grants Tenants Implied Right To Attorney’s Fees Under Residential Leases

New Jersey’s residential landlord/tenant statute has long been considered “tenant-friendly.” This trend continues with the recent enactment of Assembly Bill 3851signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie on January 17, 2014....more

Questionable Provisions Included in Residential Leases: Landlords Must be on Alert After the Staley v. Barkalow Case

In May of 2013, the Iowa Court of Appeals entered a decision in the Staley v. Barkalow case, which involved a group of various tenants who affirmatively sued their landlord over the content of their lease agreements. It...more

Settlement Of HB 56 Lawsuit Means Permanent Injunction Against Some Provisions Of Alabama’s Immigration Law

On October 29, 2013, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) published a settlement agreement reached with the State of Alabama to end its challenge of HB 56, Alabama’s immigration law in exchange for a court order permanently...more

GST & Real Property Leases – Implications Of The MBI Case

The Full Federal Court recently handed down its decision in MBI Properties Pty Limited v Commissioner of Taxation [2013] FCAFC 112 ("MBI Case"). The decision supports the view that neither the vendor or purchaser of a...more

Landlord May Hold Open Houses Over Tenant’s Objections

Owners who want to sell residential rental units often meet strong resistance from the tenant who occupies the unit. This is not surprising, as the sales process is disruptive to the tenant’s daily life and the end result is...more

CEQA Challenge To Residential Development Project Was Time-Barred Because It Was Subject To 30-Day Statute Of Limitations

A challenge to a city’s approval of a residential development project was filed more than 30 days after the city approved the project. The trial court held that the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) challenge was...more

Court of Appeal Upholds San Jose Inclusionary Housing Ordinance as Legitimate Exercise of Local Police Power

In a recent decision, California's Sixth District Court of Appeal reversed a trial court order and upheld the City of San Jose's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance as a legitimate exercise of the local police power. California...more

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