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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

Legal Ramifications of the Bedbug Renaissance

Recently, several states and municipalities have increased landlords’ responsibility pertaining to prevention, disclosure and treatment of bedbugs in their housing units. As many unfortunately know, controlling a bedbug...more

Sixth Circuit Files Win for Bankruptcy Debtors Harassed During Automatic Stay

Creditors of bankruptcy debtors beware: a recent opinion from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals makes clear that creditors cannot circumvent the ban on collection efforts following the petition for bankruptcy by trying to...more

When an Exception to the “Mold Exclusion” Exposes Carriers to More Than Just Fungi or Bacteria

The recent New York City outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease (named for a 1976 outbreak of a type of pneumonia at an American Legion convention) has raised awareness of the illness. It has also renewed the courts’ interest in...more

Los Angeles City Council Approves Major Earthquake Retrofitting Ordinance

On October 9th, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 to approve an ordinance requiring mandatory earthquake retrofitting for thousands of buildings in Los Angeles. The ordinance comes nearly a year after the publication of...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

The Location Release Agreement: Know Your Lines

Thanks to the state’s generous productions incentives, filmmakers are scouting Georgia locations like never before. Makers of feature films, television series, commercials and music videos are knocking on doors, seeking...more

(UK) New Rules for ASTs

The snappily titled Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notice and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015 come into force 1st October 2015....more

The Immigrant Family Business: Succeeding in the American Market

Statue Of Liberty Against A Golden Sky There is nothing uniquely American about the concept of family business. Families have operated businesses in every nation of the world, and some cultures are well known for fostering...more

Suing Your Tenant for Damages – Can You Recover Attorney’s Fees?

It’s one of the larger mines in the minefield of renting out property as a landlord – what happens when the tenant breaches the lease? What happens when the tenant doesn’t pay? In and among the questions presented by such a...more

Can a Tenant Be Evicted for Using Medical Marijuana?

We don’t yet have an officially reported case in California on whether a landlord has the right to get a court order declaring a lease terminated and evicting the tenant based solely on the tenant’s use of medical marijuana....more

Notice Requirements for Protection of Tenants in Foreclosure Actions Session Law 2015-178

The Federal “Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act of 2009” expired on December 31, 2014. The North Carolina General Assembly has adopted Session Law 2015-178 which reinstates many of the same protections for tenants as...more

Six Points That Any Buyer of Student Housing Should Consider

Student housing is attractive to investors, especially at much sought-after universities with growing enrollments. Unlike a traditional multifamily transaction, a student housing deal places great importance not only on the...more

Consider Remodeling Your Lease to Avoid Unnecessary Problems

Landlords seem to have an unnatural aversion to changing their lease forms and, while the document should surely not be constantly over-hauled, there are times, particularly when we are dealing with existing space and second...more

Construction and Engineering Toolkit: Insuring Existing Buildings in Which and Next to Which Construction Work is to Take Place

This construction guide covers: -JCT contracts in real estate development -Minimum energy standards for letting buildings -Construction work adjacent to existing structures -Insuring the existing...more

My Tenants are in Default, and I Want Them Out! Now What? A Brief Overview of the Eviction Process

There almost always comes a time when a landlord has had all it can take from a problem tenant and decides it’s time to pull the trigger to start the eviction process. Most often, the tenant has built up a hefty balance in...more

Growing Medical Marijuana, Problematic in Bankruptcy, and Out

Frank Arenas is licensed in Colorado to grow and dispense medical marijuana. He and his wife own a building, half of which is used for the cultivation and the other half of which is leased to a marijuana dispensary. These...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

IREG Update - August 2015

Hot Topic: Re"visiting" the sharing economy - A primer on the insurance issues surrounding lodging sharing companies - Background Beginning in the early 2000's, social technologies enabled the emergence of new...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions - AC36506 - Sidorova v. East Lyme Board of Education - Due to budget cuts, the Board of Education laid off the plaintiff who was a tenured French teacher. She sued for...more

What General Counsel Should Know When a Company's Tenant Files for Bankruptcy

Your tenant files for bankruptcy-what’s your move? Debtors who are lessees under real property leases have certain rights regarding their lease under § 365 of the Bankruptcy Code. Essentially, the debtor has two options: 1)...more

Negotiating the Provisions of Your Office Lease

One contract that virtually all businesses enter into is an office lease. But despite how common office leases are, the provisions in them can vary dramatically. Indeed, a prospective tenant and landlord each has a...more

Planning for the Unexpected: Casualty issues in Commercial Properties

PROPER BUSINESS PLANNING includes planning for unlikely but significant events such as a casualty that impacts commercial property. In part 1 of a 2 part article, we will focus on some key issues that tenants need to...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending June 26 & July 3, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Standing: parent entity has no right to enforce note and mortgage owned by subsidiary entity absent evidence that parent entity acquired such right – Wright v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Case No....more

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