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Single joint experts preferred in construction cases
Deacons, September 2021

In Perpetual Wealth (Hong Kong) Ltd v Be Solutions Company Ltd, HCA 1905/2018, the Court emphasised that for construction cases, the starting point for expert directions is that single joint expert (SJE) evidence is preferred, as it assists to narrow the scope of the issues in dispute, shortens the trial, facilitates settlement of issues and often leads to global settlement of the action...

Selecting a Master Tenant: To Be or Not to Be a Single-Asset Entity?
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2021

Commercial real estate professionals live in a world where single-asset entities (SAEs) are ubiquitous. In this respect, the niche market of HUD-affiliated health care facilities follows suit. Skilled nursing or assisted living facility owners seeking HUD-insured financing and the operators overseeing day-to-day functions at those facilities generally need to be SAEs to participate in the HUD programs...

Internet Aids the Brick and Mortar Star: Key Learnings on Retail Real Estate
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, September 2021

This week, Schwabe and the Portland and Puget Sound Business Journals hosted PNW Predictions: Retail Real Estate Reimagined, a discussion on the impacts from the last 18 months and predictions for the direction that retail real estate is moving. The panel delivered a variety of perspectives via guests Kemper Freeman, Chairman & CEO, Kemper Development Co...

Internet Aids the Brick and Mortar Star: Key Learnings on Retail Real Estate
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, September 2021

This week, Schwabe and the Portland and Puget Sound Business Journals hosted PNW Predictions: Retail Real Estate Reimagined, a discussion on the impacts from the last 18 months and predictions for the direction that retail real estate is moving. The panel delivered a variety of perspectives via guests Kemper Freeman, Chairman & CEO, Kemper Development Co...

OP-ED: Improper Liens Can Potentially Be Discharged Quickly Via Little-Used Statute
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, September 2021

In 1997, misguided individuals initiated a practice of recording liens against the homes of public officials and other public figures. Every county in Oregon has a system for recording information about property ownership rights. A lien is a limitation on the property ownership rights. A mortgage is an example of a lien and so is a contractor’s lien...

Housing Law Shows its Teeth: Another Win for Objective Standards
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2021

Key Points California's First District Court of Appeal continued a recent pro-housing trend, reversing a City of San Mateo rejection of a multifamily housing development application. The court determined the denial was based on a subjective design guideline, therefore violating the Housing Accountability Act. Ambiguous guidelines may still be utilized in limited circumstances if there is a long-standing and consistent local government interpretation...

Focus on COP26: The Future of Affordable Living
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

The hosting of COP26 in Glasgow this year shines a spotlight on the UK in relation to sustainability performance, applying more pressure on organisations to demonstrate their green credentials and to encourage the development and usage of sustainable technologies in the race to net zero. One sector in particular that is leading the charge on decarbonisation is the affordable housing sector, but barriers exist and challenges endure...

An In-Depth Look at the Oakland A's Proposed New Stadium Project
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2021

Key Points Opponents of the proposed Oakland A's stadium at Howard Terminal argued that the Governor missed a deadline to certify the project for an expedited environmental review pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 734, a special purpose bill.   AB 734 contained no explicit deadline for certification, but it incorporated guidelines from AB 900, as amended, which did include a certification deadline...

A Country Divided: Alert Level Differences and New Zealand’s Construction Supply Chain
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

The Delta variant’s arrival in New Zealand has resulted in a range of novel issues impacting the construction industry.  The latest has arisen due to the interregional differences in Alert Levels.  While Auckland remains at Level 4 until at least 11:59pm on Tuesday 14 September, from 11:59pm tonight, the remainder of New Zealand will move to Level 2...

Booming Market: Real Estate Ownership Rules for Foreigners in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Afridi & Angell, September 2021

The real estate market in Dubai has been making significant improvements in 2021 after the successful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by the UAE. March 2021 had the highest number of transactions in 16 months as well as the highest number of secondary/ready properties transacted for foreigners in a single month since June 2015. This boom in sales resulted in record increases (23 per cent annual increase between April to June for luxury villas)...

BEFORE THE WALLS COME CRUMBLIN’ DOWN: Lessons that Condo Associations Can Learn from Surfside, Florida Condominium Building Collapse
Buchalter, September 2021

  Surfside Collapse – what we know so far: On Thursday, June 24, 2021, at approximately 1:25 a.m., Champlain Towers South, a twelve-story beachfront condominium in the Miami suburb of Surfside, Florida, partially collapsed. The collapse was reported as the third deadliest structural engineering failure in United States history. Ninety-eight people were confirmed dead, only four people were rescued from the rubble...

Prevent and Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in the Real Estate Sector
PLMJ, September 2021

Regulation 603/2021 was approved by the Governing Board of the Institute of Public Markets, Real Estate and Construction I.P. (“IMPIC”) and came into force on 5 July 2021. The aim of this regulation (“Regulation”) is to establish and regulate the procedures to be adopted in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing in the real estate sector...

Let’s Break Up: The Minnesota Supreme Court’s Decision that Each Building in a Multi-Building Complex is a Separate Improvement
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, September 2021

[!<CDATA[ Multi-building condominium projects often raise unique legal issues as they do not squarely fall within the definitions used in state statutes. The Minnesota Supreme Court recently addressed the unique nature of multi-building condominium projects in Village Lofts at St. Anthony Falls Association v. Housing Partners III-Lofts...

Dealing with the Impacts of Global Supply Chain Disruptions in Construction Contracts
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, August 2021

In the wake of the global COVID-19 response, the construction sector is facing an unprecedented level of pressure in supply and demand for building materials both domestically and internationally, resulting in a sharp surge in costs and delays and disruption in construction and infrastructure projects...

Managing Risk Throughout the Construction Materials Shortage
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2021

  It will be news to few that the construction industry is experiencing a serious shortage of key materials. The Construction Leadership Council first warned of shortages (in timber, steel, pitched roofing, plastics, paints/coatings, some electronic components and cement – among other materials) early this year, and has reiterated its concerns since...

Sustainable Future: Conversation Starters for Tenants
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, August 2021

MinterEllisonRuddWatts is actively engaged in The Chancery Lane Project, joining the focused effort from lawyers around the world to develop contract clauses to help fight climate change. Our firm recognises that climate change has broader implications for business and is a key consideration in today’s commercial decision making. We are proud to be the first New Zealand law firm involved in this far-reaching sustainability initiative...

The Freeze Partnership: An Estate Tax Technique For Real Estate and Other Appreciated or Leveraged Assets
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2021

  The freeze partnership is an often overlooked estate tax planning tool. Unlike more common estate tax planning vehicles, the freeze partnership is not a trust and, as the name implies, is a closely-held partnership, limited partnership or LLC (in this article, the term partnership will be used to refer to partnerships, limited partnerships and LLCs)...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: San Francisco Provides New Evidentiary Presumption in Continued Push to Provide Rent Relief to Limited Commercial Tenants
Buchalter, August 2021

Following the passage of its commercial eviction moratorium for certain qualified tenants in December 2020,[1] the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, on August 4, 2021, provided additional assistance to the same class of “Covered Commercial Tenants” by establishing a new evidentiary presumption aimed at excusing payment of past due rent. To the extent applicable, the presumption applies to all past due rent as of March 16, 2020...

Key Takeaways from the Court Verdict on Ashton Asoke and Key Considerations for Both Real Estate Developers and Customers
Kudun and Partners, August 2021

On July 30, 2021, the Central Administrative Court rendered its verdict against, among others, the Director of Wattana District, Bangkok Metropolis; the Governor of Bangkok Metropolis; and the Governor of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand, revoking all governmental authorizations with respect to the construction of Ashton Asoke Condominium Project...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Supreme Court Holds That in Applying COVID-Related Stays of Eviction Proceedings, Landlords Must Be Given the Opportunity to Challenge a Tenant’s Claim of COVID-Related Hardship
Buchalter, August 2021

On August 12, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order enjoining the portion of a New York State statute which provided that tenants could establish that they had suffered COVID-related economic hardship by means of self-certification.  Under the New York law, eviction actions based on non-payment of rent could not go forward if a tenant submitted such a self-certification.  Under the law, landlords could not contest the tenant’s declaration in court...

Clauses for Concern: Supreme Court Ruling on Liquidated Damages
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2021

Summary  Liquidated damages (LDs) are predetermined damages set when a contract is entered into, based on a calculation of the estimated loss likely to be incurred if the contractor fails to meet specific dates. LDs clauses are commonplace in commercial contracts. In construction contracts, they generally apply where the contractor fails to complete works by specified dates due to reasons for which the contractor is culpable...

OP-ED: Evolving Privacy Laws Present Challenges for Smart Buildings
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, August 2021

Smart buildings offer individuals, businesses and even cities better and more efficient ambient experiences. However, the connected technologies that make buildings “smart” tend to require processing massive amounts of data inputs, often including personal information...

Collateral Warranty or Mere Product Guarantee?
Shoosmiths LLP, August 2021

The recent decision in the Technology and Construction Court (“TCC”) in Toppan Holdings Limited and Abbey Healthcare (Mill Hill) Limited v Simply Construct (UK) LLP arguably does no more than follow precedent. But the outcome is significant for anyone taking a collateral warranty. The lesson is: get a warranty signed promptly, if you do not want to lose the right to adjudicate...

Do Landlords have an Obligation to Provide their Tenants with a Water Supply?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2021

In the recent case of Granton Central Developments Ltd v Len Lothian Ltd, a commercial landlord appealed successfully against a Sheriff’s decision that it was obliged to provide, and that its tenant was entitled to receive, a supply of water to leased subjects.  Background to the utilities dispute Granton Central Developments Ltd and Len Lothian Ltd were the landlord and tenant respectively in terms of a lease of commercial premises in Granton, Edinburgh...

Risk Assessment — Construction Claims: How to Calculate the Recoverable Costs and Damages
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2021

When negotiating a complex change order or preparing to litigate a claim, calculating actual recoverable costs incurred can be a difficult exercise. You will want to first review your contract to determine what kinds of costs are compensable. For example, the change order provision of your contract may provide a specific markup that can be included in a change request or limit the recovery of indirect costs and overhead associated with a change...

 

 

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