Question: I read your recent article regarding homeowners’ associations and the new law permitting recovery of unpaid assessments. How does this work if the current owner is under water with his mortgage and the HOA takes title subject to the mortgage? J.M. (via e-mail)
The California Supreme Court has granted a petition by the California Building Industry Association for review of an appellate court’s decision upholding a San Jose affordable housing ordinance.
Tomorrow morning in Chicago, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a high-profile appeal from the Second District, Spanish Court Two Condominium Association v. Carlson. Our detailed summary of the underlying facts and lower court holdings in Spanish Court is here.
A recent report from McGraw-Hill Construction’s research and analytics unit reported that that the total volume of construction contracts in the South Florida area has reached $3.7 billion for 2013, a 24% increase over the same period last year. This report is one of many indicators of the continued explosion of new construction in the South Florida real estate market.
Tomorrow morning in Chicago, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Bartlow v. Costigan. Bartlow isa facial constitutional challenge to the system of administrative fines administered by the Illinois Department of Labor in connection with allegedly misclassifying workers as independent contractors rather than employees for purposes of minimum wage, overtime, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance.
Today is the final day to offer a comment on the U.S. EPA’s direct final rule allowing the use of the new ASTM E1527-13 “Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process” to satisfy the requirements for conducting “all appropriate inquiries” to qualify for liability protections.
No matter how well a building is built or how good it looks, if its design is faulty, quality craftsmanship and aesthetics will not matter.
In March, I wrote about 10 Ways Landlords Can Cut Costs and Increase Income Now. Two recent articles in The New York Times also discuss how owners can cut costs and increase income – whether you’re a commercial, industrial, multi-family, or mixed-use owner, and/or a condominium or cooperative board.
When parties to a construction project find themselves in a dispute, there are a few options to help find a resolution. These can include: engaging in informal settlement discussions, taking the dispute to an initial decision maker identified in the contract, or hiring a third-party mediator to help the parties find a resolution. If the dispute does not settle at that point, the parties can turn to the courts and engaged in litigation.
As reported by our colleague Robert Thomas on inversecondemnation.com, the California Supreme Court granted the California Building Industry Association’s (CBIA) petition for review in California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose.