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Covid-19 Measures:Price Moratorium on Rent from Apartments - Rents Cannot be Increased!
Kocian Solc Balastik, May 2020

Price moratorium on rent from apartments - rents cannot be increased! On 24 April 2020, a moratorium on rental prices of apartments, issued by the Ministry of Finance (“MF”) came into force, which was adopted in the form of Government Decree No. 202/2020 Coll. This is a protective measure for tenants, which stipulates that the rent for an apartment cannot be increased for a limited period of time. This price moratorium is related also to Act No. 209/2020 Coll...

CARES Act and Multifamily Housing
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). The CARES Act, among other things, aims to provide relief to tenants and borrowers who participate in HUD’s housing programs. This alert highlights those provisions that address such multifamily housing...

Impact of Covid-19 on the Rental Housing Market and Latest Trends
Ellex Klavins, May 2020

In order to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Latvia the emergency situation is extended until 9 June 2020. Until then restrictive measures established by the Government that have serious impact on all sectors of the national economy shall be in effect. The rental housing market is no exception and has encountered a sharp drop in rent and significant changes to the situation on the lease market...

How Contractors Can Deal with Delays and Disruptions of Construction Projects Caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic
AELEX, May 2020

The implementation of travel restrictions, lock-downs, stay-at-home orders, and curfews, in an attempt to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus, has led to delays in the completion of construction projects. Contractors are thus faced with worrying about the potential implications of such delays...

Provisions are Established to Improve and Optimize the Execution of Public Investments
Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, May 2020

Today, May 10, Legislative Decree No. 1486 that establishes new provisions, and modifies and/or expands various regulations for the effective execution of investments by public entities has been published...

Project Approved Pursuant to SB 35 Streamlining Procedures Survives Court Challenge
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

Key Points Cupertino Vallco Mall Project clears major hurdle thanks to California court's denial of writ of mandate petition from anti-housing group. Another favorable SB 35 ruling may embolden further use of the procedure for streamlining housing development in California...

COVID-19: Measures Related to Leases and Evictions
Morgan & Morgan, May 2020

Through Executive Decree No. 145 of 1 May 2020 (the “Executive Decree”), enacted in Official Gazette 29,015 of the same date, the Panamanian Government established certain measures related to lease agreements and eviction procedures...

Cyprus: Rent Control Law and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Chrysostomides Advocates and Legal Consultants, May 2020

The property rental sector and the relation between Landlords and Tenants could not remain unaffected by the current Covid-19 pandemic, and there is a need to protect Tenants from eviction proceedings due to their inability to pay rent during the pandemic and the period during which emergency lockdown measures are imposed by the Government of Cyprus. Within the framework of this reasoning, the Rent Control Law (Temporary Provisions) of 2020 was entered into force...

Protocols for the Reactivation of the Construction Sector
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection was given the authority to determine and issue biosecurity protocols to mitigate, control, prevent the spread and properly manage the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. It is necessary to emphasize that all companies that reactivate their work must establish timely channels of communication between the employer and the worker to notify suspicious cases...

Bay Area Counties Issue New Orders Permitting Construction to Resume with Conditions
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

Key Points:  Bay Area counties issued new Shelter Orders on April 29, 2020 allowing all construction to resume. The new Shelter Orders include detailed Construction Safety Protocols that construction jobsites must comply with. There is one Construction Safety Protocol for “small” construction projects, and a more rigorous Construction Safety Protocol for “large” construction projects...

Easing of Restrictions on Michigan Construction Industry to Go Into Effect on May 7, 2020
Dykema, May 2020

The fight against COVID-19 has had a serious impact on businesses across the nation, and the construction industry is no exception. May 1, 2020, marked a step toward a new normal as Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-70 easing restrictions on construction projects. The Governor’s office also issued a press release explaining how the Order applies to work on construction projects...

Privilege Dilemmas: What Happened to "Dual Purpose" in New Zealand?
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, May 2020

Determining whether a document is privileged is a question that both in-house lawyers and private practice lawyers face when confronted with a discovery exercise – particularly in large-scale construction disputes. In this article we examine the recent decision in Minister of Education v James Hardie New Zealand [2019] NZHC 3487 (MOE) which provides timely guidance on the complex area of privilege...

Alert Level 3: Big Change for Some Commercial Tenancies, Very Little Change for Others
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, April 2020

Alert Level 3 began at 11.59pm on 27 April 2020, with the implementation of the Health Act (COVID-19 Alert level 3) Order 2020 (theLevel 3 Order). For some people and businesses this change provides welcome relief to revive business operations (albeit with some modifications), but for others very little has changed...

California Superior Court's Application of SB 35 to Los Altos Development Project Provides Encouragement to Housing Proponents
Hanson Bridgett LLP, April 2020

Key Points A recent order from the Santa Clara County Superior Court suggests that California courts intend to uphold and implement SB 35's goals of fast-tracking housing developments that meet established, objective criteria. California courts will closely scrutinize the objective planning standards cities and local governments utilize in determining whether a project is compliant with local land use criteria and building codes...

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Landowners’ State-Law Challenge to Ongoing CERCLA Remediation
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, April 2020

On April 20, the United States Supreme Court decided in Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian et al.1 that landowners can sue under state common law for restoration of their properties located within the boundaries of a Superfund site subject to a USEPA-approved remedy. The Court also held, however, that because the landowners are, themselves, PRPs under CERCLA, USEPA must approve any remedial action that goes beyond the USEPA-approved remedy...

SCOTUS Requires Clean Water Act Permits for Some Groundwater Discharges, Pronounces “Functional Equivalency” Test
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, April 2020

On April 23, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark decision interpreting the reach of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). That case isCounty of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, No. 18-260, 590 U.S. ___ (2020). The Supreme Court’s opinion can be viewed here. The CWA requires regulated entities to obtain a permit for any discharge of pollutants from a point source to navigable waters of the United States. 33 U.S.C. 1311(a)...

New York Remote Notarization
Haynes and Boone, LLP, April 2020

In light of the social distancing orders put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.7 on March 19, 2020 which authorized notary publics to notarize documents remotely. The initial order was in effect through April 18, 2020; however, Executive Order 202...

COVID 19 - Injunctive Relief Against Invocation of Bank Guarantee on The Basis of Special Equities under Section 9 of the Arbitration Act
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, April 2020

Introduction In light of cessation of routine judicial activities in recent times on account of the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision of the High Court at New Delhi on April 20, 2020 in Halliburton Offshore Services Limited vs. Vedanta Limited and Another comes as a welcome breather in an area otherwise seemingly parched for development of case law...

Commercial Leases & COVID-19: Key Considerations of a Rent Relief Agreement
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2020

Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a large number of businesses are seeking some form of rent relief from their landlords. When negotiating a rent relief agreement, there is a balance to be struck between providing meaningful relief to a tenant so that its business has a better chance of long term survival, while still allowing the landlord to meet its ongoing obligations, which may include mortgage payments on the property, and other costs which it may not be able to defer...

COVID-19 Pandemic - Injunctive Relief Against Invocation of Bank Guarantee on the Basis of Special Equities Under Section 9 of the Arbitration Act
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, April 2020

Introduction In light of cessation of routine judicial activities in recent times on account of the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision of the High Court at New Delhi on April 20, 2020 in Halliburton Offshore Services Limited vs. Vedanta Limited and Anothercomes asa welcome breather in an area otherwise seemingly parched for development of case law...

Business Trips to the Czech Republic are Now Allowed from 27 April 2020 - Under what Conditions?
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

The government has started the announce the dismantling of certain Covid19 measures and from Monday, April 27, 2020, itnow allows business trips for foreigners to the Czech Republic, in respect of which entrepreneurs have been repeatedly demanding. However, it set a number of conditions and rules...

Czech Real Estate Investment - Potential Abolition of Real Estate Acquisition Tax as a Result of COVID
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

The Ministry of Finance proposes the abolition of a 4 percent real estate acquisition tax. The proposal will be discussed on Friday 17 April by the Coalition Council of the Government and the National Economic Council of the Government (NECG)...

Protection of Lessees during the COVID-19 Crisis
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

A draft bill [1] passed preventing lessors of real estate, including flats and non-residential properties, to unilaterally terminate lease due to delay of lessees with payment of rent, including payments for performance usually associated with the lease, which are due during the period between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2020...

Construction Consultant Stanley Lo Awarded Professional Qualification of Accredited NEC4 Project Manager
Deacons, April 2020

In promoting a collaborative partnership in the delivery of public works projects, the Hong Kong Government has adopted the “New Engineering Contract” (NEC), which aims at improving construction efficiency and effectiveness in the use of public funds. Since its first publication in the UK in 1993, the NEC contract has become increasingly popular in the UK, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong and New Zealand...

Court Upholds Validity of Calls on Contractor’s Bond
Deacons, April 2020

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority v AIG Insurance Hong Kong Limited [2020] HKCFI 569, concerned a bond obtained by the contractor, Hsin Chong Construction Company Limited (Hsin Chong), from the Defendant, AIG Insurance Hong Kong Ltd (AIG), in favour of the Plaintiff, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (West Kowloon), as required under a construction contract...

 

 

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