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Specific Performance of an Option Contract to Purchase Real Property is Barred Absent Agreement on All Material Terms

by Snell & Wilmer on

On November 14, 2017, the Court of Appeals (Division 1), in Offerman v. Granada, LLC, 2017 WL 5352664, reversed a trial court order directing specific performance of an alleged option to purchase real property, holding that...more

Arizona District Court Denies Motion to Remand in Bad Faith Case, Despite Plaintiff Seeking Only $57,000 in Compensatory Damages

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Holding - In Hoarau v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 2017 WL 3328078 (D.Ariz. August 4, 2017), the Arizona District Court denied an insured's Motion to Remand in an insurance bad faith, punitive damages, and declaratory...more

Overview of the Tenant Fees Bill 2017

by Dentons on

As part of the government's drive to improve transparency and fairness within the lettings market, the Tenant Fees Bill has recently been introduced in Parliament. A key provision of the Bill is the prohibition on landlords...more

The hidden exposure of tenant estoppels and SNDAs

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

You have signed a lease as a tenant. The negotiations were long and convoluted, but the lease has been signed and the space has been built-out. You have moved your company into the space, paid the security deposit, and are...more

Help! I am a residential landlord and I received a rent escrow action summons in the mail

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

If you are a landlord of residential rental property in the state of Minnesota, you may be subject to a rent escrow action to remedy alleged “violation(s)” at your property....more

Trends in Tenant Leasing Positions

by King & Spalding on

Recent statistics indicate that tenants are asking for more from landlords in a variety of different asset classes, and most landlords are left with having to say yes. The leverage in lease negotiations appears to have...more

Fixing a Loophole – B.C. to Restrict Fixed-Term Residential Leases

On October 26, 2017, the provincial government introduced Bill 16, which amends the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) and other acts. The proposed amendments were introduced in the context of public concern about alleged...more

We Want Our Neighborhood Back: A North Carolina Homeowners Association's Guide to the Use and Enforcement of Rental Restrictions

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Lending you a cup of sugar, offering to watch the kids, or grilling out on a summer afternoon— whatever the activity, our neighbors are a key part of what makes our communities familiar and unique. Neighbors help make a...more

Model tenancy agreement for Scottish private residential sector published

by DLA Piper on

On 18 October the Scottish Government published a model tenancy agreement for the new Scottish private sector residential tenancy regime, which comes into effect (under the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016) on...more

Issues to Consider in Rights of First Refusal

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

People often talk about giving or getting a Right of First Refusal ("ROFR") in real estate transactions. But what is a ROFR? A simple definition might be...more

Eroding the Majority Rule: Another Circuit Concludes That Lease Can Be Extinguished in Free-and-Clear Bankruptcy Sale

by Jones Day on

The ability of a trustee or chapter 11 debtor-in-possession ("DIP") to sell bankruptcy estate assets "free and clear" of competing interests in the property has long been recognized as one of the most important advantages of...more

Landlord-Tenant – Collateral Estoppel Doctrine Bars Issues Adjudicated in Unlawful Detainer Action

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Alfonso Ayala v. Randy Dawson - Court of Appeal, First District (August 4, 2017) - Property owner Randy Dawson and tenant Alfonso Ayala signed a written contract in December, 1999, entitled “Residential Lease with...more

Ever Hear Of A Emphyteutic Leasehold?

by Allen Matkins on

I have often remarked on the debt that the Anglo-American legal lexicon owes to French and Latin. Greek has made a much smaller contribution. In reading Professor Peter Heather’s The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History...more

Government proposes to abolish residential ground rents

by Hogan Lovells on

Following a number of recent reports of scandals involving leasehold properties, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, yesterday issued a consultation paper entitled “Tackling...more

Rental Applications: Can rejecting a tenant based criminal background lead to a HUD complaint?

If an association has the right to deny rental applications and it does so based on an applicant’s criminal background, the association should review whether its policies, procedures and practices may lead to claims of...more

What Is The “Mrs. Murphy” Exception To The Fair Housing Act?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I get this question about exemptions to the Fair Housing Act (FHA) regularly, so I thought I would provide a refresher on the “Mrs. Murphy” exception to the FHA. At the outset, please know that apartment community owners,...more

Tenant Harassment and Potential Lender Liability

by BakerHostetler on

Tenant harassment cases typically involve disputes between landlords and tenants, with rent-stabilized tenants accusing landlords of attempting to bully them into vacating their apartments by using aggressive tactics such as...more

Tenant Has Standing to Challenge Definition of Family Set Forth in Village Code

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On June 28, 2017, the Appellate Division, Second Department, held that a tenant has standing to challenge the definition of “Family” as set forth in the Freeport Village Code....more

HUD Announces National Origin And Familial Status Fair Housing Case Settles For $20,000

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that it settled another fair housing case, this one for $20,000, to resolve allegations of discrimination based on national origin and familial...more

Often Overlooked Sublease Issues For Office Tenants

by Liskow & Lewis on

With oil prices still far below their highs of a few years ago, many energy companies—some of which expanded rapidly when oil was north of $100 a barrel—now find themselves with more office space than they can reasonably use...more

Did WannaCry make you want to cry? Real risks for landlords and tenants

by Hogan Lovells on

As the extent of the damage caused by the recent WannaCry ransomware virus becomes clearer, businesses across the world have been reminded of the critical importance of cyber security measures, and the potential fall-out...more

Defence & Indemnity - An Analysis of Insurance Case Law and Legislation - April 2017

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES - A. The Alberta Court of Appeal reiterated that policies cover insured perils but not pre-existing deficiencies in the property that are not caused by the peril, but only discovered as a result of...more

Leasing Alert (Dutch)

by Dentons on

Renewal after 14 years! Last year, we informed you through the various channels about the flexibility of the living space tenancy (including the extension of temporary leases) as of July 1, 2016 and the rental rate...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - April 2017 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Assembly Member Proposes Bill to Limit Abuse of Service Animal Accommodations - As dogs have transitioned from children's backyard playmates to must-have accessories while their owners are shopping or dining,...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - April 2017 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

San Francisco Ordinance Invalidated in Victory for Landlords - In Coyne v. City and County of San Francisco, No. A145044 (Cal. Ct. App. Mar. 21, 2017), the California Court of Appeal invalidated a San Francisco...more

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