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HTMLLandlord Has Personal Claim against Officer of Tenant Corporation for Removing Property from Premises
John R. Lockard; Vandeventer Black LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 24, 2017, previously published on January 2017
In the recent case of KCE Properties, Inc. v. Holy Mackerel, Inc., a landlord pursued a fairly routine claim against its former tenant for unpaid rent. In the case, however, the landlord also included a claim against one of the officers of the tenant corporation for “conversion”...


HTMLLand Development in Floodplains: Technology to Guide State and Local Decision Making
The Posey Law Firm P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 21, 2017, previously published by HG.org on Winter 2017
Land use and development in areas that experience seasonal or periodic flooding is complicated. Responsibilities in the event of a flood that causes property and land damage are spread out among local, state, and federal government agencies. Climate change and population growth predictions suggest...


HTMLThe Party's Over: Changes to the Philadelphia Realty Transfer Tax Obligations
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell Hippel LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 16, 2017, previously published on January 9, 2017
An ordinance amending the Philadelphia realty transfer tax (RTT) chapter of the Philadelphia Code was enacted on December 8, 2016, and will come into effect on July 1, 2017. The ordinance makes two primary changes to the city RTT. (The 1% state RTT is not affected.)


Adobe PDFGood News for HOAs: Courts Clarify Deadline for Governing Document Lawsuits
Jeannie A. Hanrahan, Devon A. Woolard; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 15, 2017, previously published on January 13, 2017
Homeowner association board members and their attorneys can breathe easier now that two Florida appeals courts have clarified the deadline for challenging an association’s governing documents. Through an affirmative defense based upon time limitations, associations should see quick, concise,...


HTMLThe Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HOTMA) Update
Deborah M. Casey, Jeremy R. Moss; Vandeventer Black LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 9, 2017, previously published on January 2017
In our inaugural issue in October, 2016, we reported that HOTMA was unanimously approved in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and signed into law by President Obama on July 29, 2016.The full text of the bill is available here.


HTMLMortgage Servicers Subject to New California Law Protecting Surviving Spouses and Heirs; Violations Carry Steep Penalties
Jennifer L. Gray; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 7, 2017, previously published on January 12, 2017
A new California law protects widowed spouses and other survivors, including domestic partners, heirs, siblings, joint tenants, and other people who own their homes but are not listed on the mortgage, from foreclosure following the death of a mortgagor. The Homeowner Survivor Bill of Rights (SBOR),...


Adobe PDFBeyond the Twice-Used Towel: Using PACE Financing to "Green" Hotels
Anne Alexander; Pircher, Nichols & Meeks;
Legal Alert/Article
February 2, 2017, previously published on December 2016
It is no secret in the hospitality industry that a tremendous amount of energy, water and other resources is required to serve guests. However, the industry as a whole has taken steps to become more energy and resource efficient within the last ten years. We are all familiar with the placards found...


Adobe PDFRecent Developments in Rental Housing Laws in the District of Columbia and Maryland
Greenstein DeLorme Luchs P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 26, 2017, previously published on January 6, 2017
Rental housing laws in the District of Columbia and Maryland have been modified legislatively and through court interpretations of existing laws in a significant manner. This Memorandum summarizes those modifications which are likely to impact the majority of housing providers. You should consult...


Adobe PDFNew Jersey Supreme Court Expands Municipal Affordable Housing Obligation in Latest Ruling
Steven Firkser, John H. Hague; Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 24, 2017, previously published on January 2017
In a decision clarifying the obligations of municipalities to meet their constitutional obligation to provide affordable housing, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled yesterday that municipalities must include households formed between the years of 1999 and 2015 in their calculations of current...


HTMLThe Ancient Right of Dower Abolished in Michigan
Patrick A. Karbowski; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 20, 2017, previously published on January 11, 2017
On December 28, 2016, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Public Act 378 of 2016 (the “Act”), which abolishes all statutory or common law rights of dower in Michigan; that is, a wife’s interest in the real property of her deceased husband. Although the Michigan Compiled...


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