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Tenancy Deposits Clarified

It is now the best part of a decade since the tenancy deposit protection provisions in the Housing Act 2004 (the “Act”) came into force on 6 April 2007. A string of Court of Appeal decisions resulted from ambiguities and...more

N.C. Court of Appeals Applies Common Law Rule Against Perpetuities to Invalidate Lessee's Preemptive Right

Ask almost any lawyer or law student to name the most esoteric concept addressed in law school, and you're more likely than not to hear "The Rule Against Perpetuities". The Rule Against Perpetuities, or the RAP, exists at...more

New York Statute Aims to Curb Abuse of Certificates of Insurance

A certificate of insurance (“COI”) is a document issued by an insurer or broker that evidences the existence of insurance coverage under specific circumstances. On January 28, 2015, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo signed...more

Is a tenant is entitled to attorney fees when landlord's anti-SLAPP motion is denied?

In Ben-Shahar v. Pickart, 2014 DJDAR 15712, the California Court of Appeal for the Second District decided a complex landlord/tenant case involving the interplay of unlawful detainer proceedings and California’s Special...more

First Class Actions introduced in France by consumer associations (French version)

Depuis l’entrée en vigueur le 1er octobre 2014 des dispositions de la loi Hamon introduisant une action de groupe en droit français, plusieurs actions ont déjà été initiées témoignant d’un vif intérêt des associations de...more

Newly Amended Dual Agency Disclosure Law: Much Ado About Nothing

As of January 1, 2015, the duty of a real estate agent to disclose in writing his or her representation of a buyer, seller, tenant and/or landlord, including any dual agency relationship, in residential real property...more

Federal Court Invalidates San Francisco Tenant Relocation Requirements

The Northern District of California has struck down part of San Francisco’s rent control ordinance as an unconstitutional taking under the Fifth Amendment in Levin v. City and County of San Francisco, Dist. Court, ND...more

Nevada Supreme Court adds New Elements to Constructive Eviction Claims

Nevada, like many jurisdictions, has recognized the ability of a tenant to vacate property if it becomes unfit for occupancy for the purpose for which it was leased. This is commonly known as a “constructive eviction.” ...more

10 key considerations when a healthcare tenant negotiates a shopping center lease

The habits of healthcare consumers have changed: no longer do they perceive a medical visit as something necessarily separate from all other life events. In fact, they often seek the convenience of combining a quick trip to...more

Is the CHRO Expanding its Reach into Schools and Police Actions?

I recently attended a meeting where Charles Krich, the Principal Attorney for the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (“CHRO”), spoke about the future of the agency. Attorney Krich stated that the agency...more

Tenant Absence During the Lease Term: Protecting Your Property

Every landlord’s goal is to have his/her rental property under lease and occupied by tenants who will not only pay their rent on time, but who will properly use and maintain the property. After all, the property is an...more

The Limits of CEQA Mitigation – Recent Judicial Applications of Nollan and Dolan

Perhaps foremost among the judicially recognized fundamental constraints on lead agencies’ power to impose various types of mitigation measures on project approvals in the CEQA process is the “doctrine of unconstitutional...more

Commercial Landlord Citing Lease Terms to Prevent Stores from Closing on Thanksgiving Day

It's rare that an ordinary commercial lease term can make national news, at least indirectly. Some higher-profile stores are bucking the Holiday trend this year and refusing to open on Thanksgiving day. Costco, Lowe's...more

Five Holiday Season Tips for Retail Landlords

The holiday season brings many desirable things to a retail center: a fresh holiday look, a sense of excitement and anticipation, and most importantly — more traffic and customers. Along with these benefits, the holidays also...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

Estoppel Certificates: Achieving Certainty

In most every acquisition of a commercial property, the prospective buyer (and the prospective buyer’s lender) will require that the property’s tenants execute an instrument confirming various terms of their respective...more

A Landlord's Guide to Sublease Consents: There's More to It Than "Yes" or "No"

When a tenant asks its landlord to consent to a sublease the Landlord will rightly focus first on business concerns. Who is the subtenant? What is its financial condition? What will it do in the leased premises? Will it fit...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

Real Estate Tip – Resolving Ambiguities Between Landlords and Tenants

Courts have many ways of deciding whether a lease means what the landlord says it means or what the tenant says it means. Here are three typical techniques and examples to help resolve ambiguities: Decide against the...more

Lease renewal proceedings and section 30(1)(c) Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

It is unusual for landlords to oppose a lease renewal under section 30(1)(c) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, but a recent decision by the Court of Appeal in the case of Horne & Meredith Properties v Cox and Billingsley...more

Social Media Concerns Potentially Affecting Arizona’s Real Estate Industry

A growing number of governmental authorities are cracking down on the use of social media with regard to commercial transactions. In Arizona, for example, legislation was proposed restricting an employer’s right to access...more

Hilton on the hook: No release for the guarantor

A new Court of Appeal decision handed down on Friday 5 September has given landlords some comfort that leases entered into before a line of cases that ruled many guarantee provisions invalid will still be interpreted in a...more

Let’s Get This Straight, A URL Is Not An Address (At Least In This Case)

Technology continues to challenge the law. For example, what does it mean for someone to have an address? Is that where a person is physically located or where that person can be found in cyberspace? Such were the...more

Who Will Think of the Tenants: Split in Authority Regarding the Interplay Between Bankruptcy Code Sections 363(f) and 365(h)(1)(A)

A useful tool granted to trustees (and debtors-in-possession) in bankruptcy is the ability to assume or reject leases.1 The trustee can exploit this power to the estate's economic advantage, either assuming or rejecting the...more

BROKEn Promises: 3 Signs your Tenant may be Going Bankrupt

The bankruptcy of a tenant is disruptive and may be confusing to a landlord; however, arming yourself with knowledge of some warning signs of financial distress and an understanding of your basic rights will, along with your...more

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