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Fining for Tenant Violations? You Might be Doing it Wrong

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

You might think that when a tenant breaks a rule, that you can simply fine him like you would fine an owner-occupant. Or, you might think that you can just notify and fine the owner/landlord for his tenant’s violation, since...more

Texas Adopts Provisions Regarding Timeframes for Pre-Licensing Education and the Definition of Physical Office

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

Texas has adopted two new rules in regards to the pre-licensing education requirements for residential mortgage loan originators. The first rule authorizes the Finance Commission of Texas to set the expiration period for...more

Impact of the New Tax Reform Legislation on the Real Estate Industry

by King & Spalding on

On December 22, the President signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) into law. TCJA changes the taxation of individuals and businesses in many ways. While there are still many open questions to be addressed by technical...more

Decoding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Part II: IRC § 1031 and Tax Deferred Exchanges Take a Haircut

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

BACKGROUND - On February 21, 2014, then House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Michigan) issued a discussion draft of the “Tax Reform Act of 2014.” The proposed legislation spanned almost 1,000 pages and...more

The “Real Dirt” Tax Reform and the Real Estate Industry

by Burr & Forman on

Just prior to 2017 year end, Congress passed tax legislation that legislators and tax pundits alike describe as the most significant overhaul of the Internal Revenue Code since the 1986 Tax Act] championed by President Ronald...more

Property in 2018: all change

by Dentons on

Who says that property law doesn't move with the times? 2018 kicks off with talk of a register of beneficial ownership, consultations on topics as diverse as electronic signatures and chancel repair liability, plus proposals...more

It’s Never Too Late to Ensure Your Association is Properly Insured

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

It has been said that insurance is the only product that both the seller and buyer hope is never used. That certainly rings true when it comes to community Associations’ insurance policies, but it does not diminish the need...more

PA Requires Oil and Gas Lessees to Withhold State Income Taxes from Nonresident Lessors

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Under Act 43 of 2017 beginning January 1, 2018, anyone that pays Pennsylvania-source non-employee compensation or business income to a non-resident individual or disregarded entity that has a non-resident member, and is...more

Alaska to Add Money Transmitter License to NMLS and Adopt Electronic Surety Bonds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Starting on February 1, 2018, the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development, Division of Banking & Securities will start accepting applications for the Money Transmitter License on NMLS. ...more

Tax Reform's New Incentives for Investments in Low-Income Communities: Part 1 - State Governors Given Responsibility for...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• A new tax incentive in the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would allow investors selling appreciated securities or other investment property to defer tax on those gains to the extent that the proceeds are reinvested...more

The Effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Real Estate

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

On Friday December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law H.R.1, commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This is the most sweeping change to the U.S. federal income tax laws in over three decades, and it...more

The Right to Rent? Or, more like…. the Right to Apply for a License?

A new state-wide vacation rental law bill proposed in the Florida Senate would require vacation rental owners to apply for and pay a fee for a license in order to operate a vacation rental whether advertised on a website or...more

Rural Development Council Works to Keep Georgia On Your Mind

When singers croon about the old yellow moonlight spilling through the pines of the Georgia woods, the “Georgia rain on the Jasper County clay” and taking the “midnight train to Georgia,” they evoke nostalgia for the state’s...more

Our Governing Documents Have Aged Nicely

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Governing Documents for Condominium and Homeowner Associations don’t age well. They are not like a fine wine. They are more like cheap cheese. Remember, they were likely written by a developer who really only cared about...more

The Eighth Circuit Raises the Bar for Would-Be Indemnitees

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Here is a situation that comes up quite a bit in the world of business contracts containing indemnification provisions, and in the insurance industry as well. First, a party (“Party A”) gets sued, or threatened with a suit,...more

January 2018: Lender's Edge Newsletter

by Polsinelli on

Are Lenders Entitled to Insurance Proceeds When Foreclosing? A lender’s right to insurance proceeds after foreclosure depends on the type of loss payable clause contained in the insurance policy and the timing of the loss....more

The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on LIHTC Investments

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act contains changes impacting the LIHTC Program. While the low-income housing tax credit program emerged largely unscathed, the reduction in corporate tax rates will reduce equity pricing. ...more

Super Bowl LII: An Update on Short-Term Rentals

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

Super Bowl LII hosted in Minnesota will impact just about every area of our economy, including real estate. In a prior article, I discussed issues surrounding short-term rental of homes to accommodate the influx of members of...more

Property litigation update – pilot scheme launched for LTA 1954 unopposed lease renewals

by Dentons on

In January 2018 a one-year pilot scheme will be launched (postponed from 1 December 2017) for unopposed lease renewal proceedings issued at the County Court at Central London (CLCC). The scheme will transfer unopposed lease...more

Tax Reform Advisory: Real Estate Industry

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

On December 22, 2017, the President signed into law H.R. 1, informally known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Act”). The Act will have a significant impact on many sectors of the economy including the real estate sector....more

(Plaintiffs Claiming) Trespass Beware

by Liskow & Lewis on

In Chauvin v. Shell Oil Company, the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment of the trial court granting summary judgment to defendants on Plaintiffs’ trespass action. In doing so, the Fifth Circuit made...more

Court Holds that Bankruptcy Judges Cannot Impose Punitive Sanctions

Bankruptcy courts lack the power to impose serious punitive sanctions, a federal district judge ruled recently in PHH Mortgage Corporation v. Sensenich, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 207801 (D. Vt. Dec. 18, 2018). Judge Geoffrey...more

Massachusetts Appeals Court Clarifies When Restrictive Covenants May Extend Beyond Thirty Years

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In Berger, et al. v. 2 Wyndcliff, LLC, et al., No. 16-P-336 (Mass. Appeals Court, Dec. 5, 2017), a group of homeowners in a subdivision subject to an agreement limiting construction on their lots to one single-family dwelling...more

West Viriginia Supreme Court Applies Doctrine Of Severability To Enforce Lease’s Arbitration Provision, Despite Other Provisions...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

SWN Prod. Co., LLC v. Long, 2017 W. Va. LEXIS 892 (W. Va. Oct. 18, 2017) - Respondents Richard and Mary Long (“Respondents” or “Lessors”) brought a state court action against Petitioner SWN Production Company, LLC...more

New rules for financial leasing in Italy

by White & Case LLP on

New rules establish a legal framework for financial leasing agreements in Italy.   Before the new rules, financial leasing agreements lacked a dedicated legal regime in Italy. Instead, Italian courts applied - at times...more

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