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"Additional Rent" and a Tenant's "Proportionate Share"
Lawson Lundell LLP, September 2014

Most commercial leases contain terms that require tenants to pay additional rent. Additional rent is usually a share of the costs and charges incurred to operate the property. These costs can include municipal taxes, insurance premiums, repair and maintenance costs and common area utility charges. In any given year, these charges change and fluctuate.  Landlords often provide an annual estimate which tenants pay subject to a year-end reconciliation...

"Twenty Years" is Actually "Six Years" for Contractors and Manufacturers in North Carolina
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, November 2013

This year the North Carolina Court of Appeals issued an opinion that effectively nullifies many construction warranties. In Christie v. Hartley Construction, Inc., et al., No. COA12-1385, the Court limited warranties for construction defects to six years, even when the contractor or product manufacturer expressly provides a longer one.     Plaintiffs George and Deborah Christie contracted for the construction of a custom home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 2004...

“Simplifications” in the Planning and Building Act (PBL) - A Political Rush Job?
Delphi, June 2014

On 2 July 2014, the new regulations regarding further building permit exemption measures will come into effect. Among the news is the opportunity to construct 25 m2 ancillary residential dwelling without requiring a building permit. However, the amendments are not entirely without controversy and have been met by strong criticism from several respondents...

2018 West Virginia Legislative Session, the WVCCPA and the West Virginia Safe Mortgage Licensing Act
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, March 2018

The 2018 West Virginia legislative session was a busy one regarding consumer finance law. Legislators focused on the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act and the West Virginia Safe Mortgage Licensing Act. The West Virginia Legislature passed at least three bills this past session that affect consumers or financial transactions...

2020 Predictions: What’s on the Horizon for Construction?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2020

  With the UK currently due to leave the EU at the end of this month, Brexit may cause the construction industry a continuing period of uncertainty in 2020 but the government’s agenda may also provide increased opportunities. We look ahead at what this year may have in store. Brexit The top priority for the government is delivering the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January. How Brexit will affect the construction industry remains open to speculation...

A ‘Healthy’ Approach to Possible Commercial Lease Defaults in the Age of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Verrill, March 2020

As COVID-19 cases mount across the country, the inability to perform commercial lease obligations due to unforeseen circumstances has moved to the forefront. In contract-speak, unforeseen circumstances that lead to non-performance by a party are known as “force majeure” events...

A Gov't Contractor's Guide to Excusable, Compensable Delays
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2020

With the recent and rapid spread of COVID-19 in the U.S., government contractors have already started experiencing contract performance delays, which inevitably will have a significant financial impact...

A Pragmatic Approach to Quantum by the Technology and Construction Court
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2013

The Technology and Construction Court (“TCC”) decision in National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside (Trustees of) v AEW Architects and Designers Ltd [2013] EWHC 2403 (TCC) was published last month.  In his decision, Mr Justice Akenhead shows much pragmatism in assessing the heads of quantum put forward by the Claimant, which some may view as particularly widely casted...

A Primer on Public Private Partnerships for Municipalities
Dykema, June 2009

This is the second of a three-part report on “public private partnerships.” Also known as “PPP” or “P3” projects, there is an increasing amount of press regarding these projects, some of which is contradictory and some of which is just plain confusing. The purpose of this three-part report is to provide you with some useful information in identifying and analyzing P3 opportunities. The first part of the primer provided an introduction to the P3 concept...

A Primer on Public Private Partnerships for Municipalities, Part I
Dykema, September 2008

Part I of a III Part Primer: An Introduction This newsletter is the first of a three part report prepared for our public finance clients with respect to “public private partnerships.” Also known as “PPP” or “P3” projects, there is an increasing amount of press regarding these projects, some of which is contradictory and some of which is just plain confusing...

A Tale of Two Cities
TSMP Law Corporation, February 2017

  "The best things in life are free, the second best things are very, very expensive."—Coco Chanel   Think of the most expensive cities in the world to live and places like London, New York and Paris come to mind. These cities epitomize the pinnacle of sophisticated and luxurious living, as romanticized all too often on the silver screen...

A Virginia Mechanic's Lien Refresher, Courtesy of Jack Bays
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, June 2013

In February 2013 the Supreme Court of Virginia handed down its decision in Jack Bays1, a mechanic’s lien lawsuit involving the landowner, several lenders, the general contractor and no fewer than eleven subcontractors. Although the decision broke no new ground with respect to the Virginia mechanic’s lien statutes, it is a good review of procedural issues and a reminder of the importance of thoroughly documenting work progress and communications with other parties in a construction project...

AAA’s Revised Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures – What You Need to Know
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, March 2017

The American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) recently revised its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures. The revised rules became effective on July 1, 2015 and include a host of changes, large and small. Here is what you need to know:   Increased Thresholds for Regular and Fast Track Proceedings (Rules R-1 and F-1)   AAA provides different procedures for “regular track” and “fast track” proceedings...

Act on Unilaterally Increasing Apartment Rent and Other Changes to Legal Regulation of Apartment Leases
Kocian Solc Balastik, December 2006

Pursuant to the so-called Four Years Act, owners may unilaterally increase the rent for certain apartments during the period of 2007 to 2010 for once a year up to the target value. The calculation method is set forth by law and the target value will be announced by the Ministry for Local Development in the Collection of Laws. The written announcement of the increase must be duly justified. The lessee may file an action in respect of invalidating the increase...

After the State of Emergency is lifted: What is the Status of a ‘Stickered’ Building in Christchurch?
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, March 2011

Following the Christchurch earthquake on 22 February 2011 a National State of Emergency was declared under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 (CDA 2002). The State of Emergency (SOE) has been extended and remains in force as at the date of this Alert.The purpose of this News Alert is to consider the consequences for building owners and Territorial Authorities (TAs) once the SOE is lifted and the Building Act applies; however it is not a comprehensive review...

Alberta Pauses Residential Evictions for Non-Payment and Prohibits Rent Increases and Late Payment Penalties During COVID-19 Pandemic
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2020

 On March 27, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced new measures to address residential tenancy issues arising during and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Max Carroll and Jeffrey Hernaez of our Vancouver office wrote yesterday about similar measures put in place in British Columbia...

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...

ALERT: Hotel Owners - Weathering Difficult Times
Haynes and Boone, LLP, February 2002

According to the fourth quarter 2001 report of Lodging Econometrics, the accelerated decline in the operating performance of the lodging industry will continue until the middle of the first quarter of 2002 due to the events of September 11, 2001, and the recession. Further, while the operating performance of the lodging industry may show signs of improvement by September of 2002, the effects of that improvement may not be felt until the first quarter of 2003...

Alrud Real Estate Practice Specialists Prepared an Article for IBA Newsletter: "Don't be Trapped in Lease Agreements"
ALRUD Law Firm, March 2017

ALRUD Real Estate practice Specialists, Andrey Zharskiy, ALRUD Partner, Stanislav Veselov, ALRUD Senior Associate, Galina Kulikova and Ksenia Bondarenko, ALRUD Attorneys, prepared an Article for the Newsletter of the Real Estate Section of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division. The article, “Don’t be Trapped in Lease Agreements” covers main pitfalls that tenants in Russia may face while terminating a commercial real estate lease agreement...

ALTIUS' Real Estate & Regulatory team and ICT team contribute to 2011 editions of 'Getting The Deal Through' series
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, September 2010

ALTIUS' Real Estate & Regulatory team and ICT team contribute to 2011 editions of 'Getting The Deal Through' series • 07/09/2010 Lieven Peeters , William Timmermans, Suzy Miller and Charlotte Boumal, lawyers in ALTIUS' Real Estate & Regulatory practice, wrote the Belgian Chapter of the "Getting the deal through - Construction" book published by Law Business Resear

Amendments and Supplements to the Law on Planning and Construction
Karanovic & Partners, December 2014

On 8 December 2014, the Serbian Parliament passed the law on Amendments and Supplements to the Law on Planning and Construction (“the Law”). Here are some of the most important novelties: Conversion - The concept of conversion continues to exist under the term “transformation of right of use into the right of ownership of construction land”...

Amendments in the Field of Construction and Infrastructure Projects in Romania
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, September 2018

The beginning of 2018 has brought certain amendments in the field of construction and infrastructure projects in Romania, by means of a new enactment which shivered the contractors' professional life who were used to the FIDIC provisions until this moment. The Government Decision no. 1/10.01.2018 (the “GD no...

Amendments of Legislation Regarding Land Pots
ALRUD Law Firm, November 2009

On October 7, 2009 the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted in the first reading the draft of the Federal law on amending legislation regarding land plots...

Amendments to Classification Requirements for Engineers and Contractors in Abu Dhabi
Afridi & Angell, May 2019

Background Companies licensed to conduct engineering or contracting activities in Abu Dhabi must be classified by the Contractors and Consultants Classification and Engineers Registration Office at the Abu Dhabi Department of Town Planning and Municipalities. The applicable regulations setting out the classification requirements are not new and date back to 2009, although implementation was delayed until 2014. Subsequent to the 2009 regulations, new regulations were introduced in 2018...

Amendments to the In Law Unit (Accessory Dwelling Unit) Law
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2017

As reported previously in a Newsletter to readers, the City in its continuing efforts to increase the housing stock now allows the addition of one or more in-law units in almost all zoning districts that allow residential uses, notwithstanding the density limit of the zoning (such as RH-2 and RH-3 zoning). These in-law units are known as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) and they are created within unused or underutilized space entirely within an existing building...



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