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The New 20% Pass-Through Deduction: Can Real Estate Owners Claim It?

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The new 20% deduction for “pass-through” business owners under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is raising many questions from owners of real estate-related businesses. Can these owners qualify for this important deduction, and...more

When Does a Contractor Legally Abandon a Construction Project?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Lately, we’ve been spending more time as litigators pursuing and defending claims of abandonment against contractors. It has become apparent that abandonment is often misinterpreted in its legal meaning and effect. Here are...more

The Real Property Business And The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017[1] went into effect only two weeks ago. Many of its provisions represent significant changes to the Code, and it will take most of us several months to fully digest them,[2] to appreciate...more

No blues for the Blues on rights to light

by Hogan Lovells on

There was much fanfare when Chelsea Football Club secured planning permission for redevelopment of Stamford Bridge last year. However, one family’s fight against the new stadium’s impact on its right to light had the...more

Podcast Episode 14 - Four Cases to Watch in 2018

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 14, we discuss four cases to watch in 2018: Ganson v. City of Marathon –...more

Warning to Real Estate Buyers and Sellers in the City of Pittsburgh

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On February 1, 2018, the local realty transfer tax assessed for real estate conveyances in the City of Pittsburgh will increase one-half of one percent from 3.0% to 3.5%; meaning the aggregate realty transfer tax assessed on...more

Flood or Fire: The Montecito Claims

by Selman Breitman LLP on

What is the Efficient Proximate Cause of the Devastating Mudslides in Southern California? At first glance, the destruction in Montecito, California and other areas of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties on Monday, January...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

Tax Changes Affecting Real Estate Investments

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Act did not change the recovery period for residential or nonresidential real estate. The existing recovery periods, 27.5 and 39 years respectively, remained unchanged. If a taxpayer in a real property trade or business...more

A New Maryland Ruling on Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements- Score Another Round for the Developer

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The Maryland Court of Appeals recently heard and decided a case involving Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements. In my first blog post on this topic, “Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements: The Give 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

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Real Estate and Construction Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...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

West Coast Real Estate Update - January 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Apartment Owner Loses Court Battle with Airbnb - A federal judge in Los Angeles recently dismissed a lawsuit by the owner of the 4,255-unit Park La Brea apartment complex against Airbnb Inc. that sought to hold the online...more

South Carolina's Statute of Repose - A look by the United States District Court

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

S.C Code §15-3-640, provides, in pertinent part: No actions to recover damages based upon or arising out of the defective or unsafe condition of an improvement to real property may be brought more than eight years after...more

Challenging New York City Real Property Taxes

by Akerman - SALT Insights on

New York City faces a continuing decline in state and federal funding and increased property taxes continue to be a reliable revenue stream to fund local services. Every January 15th, the NYC Department of Finance (DOF)...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

Three Considerations When Seeking Compensation for Lost Income Due to a Government Taking

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Almost all real estate has the potential to generate income. An owner may rent out her property to commercial or residential tenants, or she might harvest and sell its natural resources, such as oil, gas, mineral deposits, or...more

Fourth Circuit Approves Partial Dirt for Debt Plan

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Do you want to own that rural timberland you financed a few years back? Well, what if I told you that not only are you taking ownership, but you’re taking it in exchange for a credit of three times its appraised value? The...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

Strategies for Managing Tenant Problems

Property managers are usually the first point of contact when tenant problems arise. As the facilitator of the landlord and tenant relationship, property managers must take steps to prevent, address and deescalate tenant...more

Warning for Taxpayers Prepaying Real Property Taxes in 2017

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

Under a new law enacted as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, effective January 1, 2018, individuals’ combined federal income tax deduction for state and local income, sales, and property taxes is limited to $10,000....more

Virginia Real Property Tax Prepayment Limitation Under the New Federal Income Tax Law

by Williams Mullen on

Many individual taxpayers are rushing to prepay their real property taxes in anticipation of the new lower cap of $10,000.00. Not everyone will be able to take advantage of the tax planning idea. ...more

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