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Maryland Lawmakers Consider Changes to Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The Maryland General Assembly is currently considering House Bill 1390 (“HB1390”). As introduced, HB 1390 will materially impact the utility of the Development Rights and Responsibility Agreement (“DRRA”) for land owners,...more

Commercial and Industrial Property Owners Take Note: a “Split-Roll” Property Tax Initiative Effort is Underway in California

Proposition 13 — California’s long-tenured law keeping a lid on annual property tax increases — is in the cross-hairs of a new ballot initiative effort....more

Want to live like commonhold people? The Law Commission consults

by Dentons on

As residential leasehold ownership comes under increasing scrutiny, the Law Commission has just kick-started an attempt to reinvigorate commonhold as a viable alternative. Developers, homeowners and funders should all take...more

Ballot Initiative Seeks to Eliminate Prop 13 for Commercial and Industrial Real Estate

Initiative 17-0055 would limit Proposition 13 protection to residential property. New initiative seeks to eliminate Proposition 13 protection for commercial and industrial property by requiring fair market value...more

Reshaping Canada’s Project Assessment Regime—Bill 69’s Ambitious Blueprint

by Bennett Jones LLP on

This article is Part II of a series that discusses the federal government’s proposed changes to Canada’s environmental regulatory regime governing project development and operation in Canada....more

Dueling Rent Taxes Come Up before San Francisco Voters in June

San Francisco electorate will vote on a new 1.7% or 3.5% tax on commercial rentals in June 2018. It is estimated that about $65 million annually would be collected from the commercial real estate industry under the Housing...more

Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Sharing Will Reshape Our Buildings, Our Cities, and Our Lives

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When the first automobile hit roadways in the early 1900s, developers, planners, and city officials had to completely re-think the design and planning of cityscapes, both new and old. The era of narrow streets, communities...more

West Virginia Legislative Brief: 2/2/2018

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Legislative Action by the Numbers: 912 bills introduced in the House 463 bills introduced in the Senate 29 bills have passed the House 43 bills have passed the Senate 1 bill has completed legislative action and been signed...more

Impact of 2017 Tax Act on Real Estate Activities

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The first, global observation to share is that the real estate industry dodged a lot of potential bullets during the tax reform process and came out smelling like roses – indeed, actually came out ahead, overall, under the...more

Decoding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Part IV: The IRC § 199A Deduction for Qualified Business Income—the Devil Is in the Details...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

BACKGROUND - The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) adopted a new 20% deduction for non-corporate taxpayers. It only applies to “qualified business income.” The deduction, sometimes called the “pass-through deduction,” is...more

Real Estate Aspects of Tax Reform

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the most extensive overhaul of the United States tax regime in over thirty years. The new tax laws will have a significant impact upon...more

New Year, New CIL Regs to save £millions

by Hogan Lovells on

The New Year has started off with a bang as changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulations 2010 were laid before Parliament.  The draft 2018 Regulations correct an unintended defect in the current...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

Proposed Changes to HVCRE in 2018

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

International banking regulators responded to the 2008 financial crisis by increasing capitalization requirements with the Basel III Capital Accords. Increased capitalization requirements affect any loan secured by High...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

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

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

West Coast Real Estate Update - December 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

New California Ballot Initiative Targets Proposition 13 Tax Limit for Corporate Properties - Proposition 13, which was approved in California 40 years ago, could potentially be up for debate in 2018. A ballot initiative...more

IRS Announces Property Tax Prepayments May Not Be Deductible

One of the outstanding questions from the new tax bill is whether individuals can prepay their 2018 property taxes in advance to claim the full deduction in 2017. The IRS announced in an advisory late Wednesday that prepaying...more

Het Vlaams Onteigeningsdecreet - Klaar voor de start?

by DLA Piper on

Bij de zesde staatshervorming werden de gewesten in ons land bevoegd voor het onteigeningsrecht. Het Vlaams Parlement maakte van deze bevoegdheid gebruik en keurde op 15 februari 2017 het nieuwe Onteigeningsdecreet goed. De...more

The Flemish Expropriation Decree: Ready for take-off?

by DLA Piper on

Since the sixth state reform, the regions have been entrusted with expropriation law in our country. Flemish Parliament used this power to adopt the new Expropriation Decree on 15 February 2017. The proposed entry into force...more

Last Minute Tax Change Benefits Commercial Real Estate

In general, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill allows pass-through owners making less than $157,500 ($315,000 for married couples) to take a flat 20 percent deduction on certain business income, before computing the ordinary...more

Maximizing Deductions Through Prepayment of Real Property Taxes Before Potential Tax Law Changes

Currently, individual taxpayers who itemize their deductions can deduct real property taxes paid that year. Under both the House and Senate tax reform bills, the property tax deduction would be capped at $10,000. If that cap...more

Pending tax reform, prepaying 2018 real estate taxes could benefit Illinois individual taxpayers

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In light of the tax reform bill pending in Congress, individuals throughout Illinois should give strong consideration to prepaying 2018 real estate taxes now to receive the largest possible benefit on their 2017 tax returns....more

Legalized Marijuana Resulting in Real Estate High

The real estate industry is booming in states where marijuana is blooming—that is, in states that have legalized the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana. Here is a quick overview. In November 2016, voters in...more

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