Real estate closings in Puerto Rico are distinctively unique in comparison to closings across most of the United States of America and other English speaking countries. Many individuals are not aware, that there is an almost direct relationship or “connection” between the language spoken and the legal system followed in any given country.
Last week, the Washington Supreme Court decided another case dealing with the scope of the legal nonconforming use doctrine. Legal nonconforming uses, commonly referred to as “grandfathered” uses, are generally recognized under Washington law, but a rather complex, fact-driven analysis is required to determine whether such a “grandfathered” use exists.
It is fundamental that all applicants seeking to obtain a use variance from a municipal zoning board of adjustment under the Municipal Land Use Law (“MLUL”) must prove that they satisfy both the so-called “positive” and “negative” criteria.
While the number of disability discrimination cases involving housing continues to grow across the country (and on my desk), we still continue to see cases and settlements in matters alleging race discrimination.
Bills recently passed in the Virginia General Assembly extend the list of items for inclusion in property owners’ association disclosure packets and condominium association resale certificates, and also broaden non-association disclosure requirements.
Florida recently joined the federal courts and 40 other states in adopting the Daubert standard for admissibility of expert testimony. The new rule, enacted by House Bill 7015, will subject experts and their opinions to greater scrutiny before being presented to a jury.
The New Jersey legislature has passed legislation somewhat restricting local governments’ use of eminent domain for private redevelopment. It also creates an alternative to condemnation for redevelopment projects.
Many readers would be surprised to know that where you purchase real property with money provided from a third party there is a presumption that you are purchasing that property, or interest in that property, on behalf of the third person.
In just a few days, a new law (Local Law No. 1 of the City of New York for the Year 2013) will take effect in New York City aimed towards increasing participation of Minority-Owned…
Supreme Court Decision Limits Ability of Government Agencies to Impose ‘Extortionate’ Permit Conditions On Landowners
On June 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important Takings Clause decision with far-reaching implications for real estate developers and others who rely on federal or state permits.