Real Estate Law Articles
Articles written by attorneys and experts worldwide
discussing legal aspects related to Real Estate.
April 10, 2015 By Capital Legal Services, L.L.C.
The Moscow Government provides landowners an opportunity to pay for the permitted use in installments.
April 8, 2015 By Kalita, Markovich and Partners
Investing to the real estate market is very profitable in Ukraine. There are a lot of foreign companies which provide their activity in Ukraine with one purpose – to buy and rent the real estate. Ukrainian state bodies designed very good legal remedies for property and owners too. But now we still have a lot of legal gaps.
April 2, 2015 By Erdal Law Firm
Every country has its own legislation regarding acquisition of real estate by foreign individuals within the scope of its own political, economical and social requirements. Acquisition of real property by foreign real persons in Turkey is restricted by laws as well. The main purpose of this brief article is to explore the legal restrictions of purchasing real estate in Turkey by foreign individuals.
March 29, 2015 By Western Law Group LLC
With the world becoming more and more litigious, we all fear we might be sued over everyday actions or minor mistakes. In our market, homeowners are often trying to find a scapegoat for their financial responsibilities. Without following proper procedure, that scapegoat may be your HOA.
March 27, 2015 By Leks&Co
Right and obligation of property brokerage company is stipulated under the Minister of Trade Regulation Number 33/M-DAG/PER/8/2008 on Property Brokerage Company (“Permendag No. 33/M-DAG/PER/ 8/2008“). Property brokerage company is the entity that operates as a sale and purchase broker, lease broker, research and assessment, marketing, as well as consultancy and information dissemination relating to a property based on employer’s or client’s instruction under a written agreement (“Company”).
March 27, 2015 By Leks&Co
Law No. 20 of 2011 on Condominium (“Condominium Law“) requires a developer to separate the condominium with condominium unit, common equipment, common facility, and common land, when the developer constructs a condominium.
Due to the financial crisis in the US in 2008, Costa Rica was seriously affected in the real estate field, because most of the people that were buying properties, mainly in the Pacific and Caribbean area, were coming from the U.S.A. and some other foreign countries. However, since 2012 Costa Rica has been experiencing a new growth in real estate.
If a private person or a legal corporation wants to purchase a property at the beaches of Costa Rica, whether it is to build a house, hotel, resort or business, first it should be informed about the requirements to obtain a concession in the maritime zone. To have a concession means that the person doesn’t acquire the property, but obtains a permit for using it, that allows the exploitation and enjoyment of the land, according to the parameters established by the local regulatory plan.
To receive a highly professional legal advice based on experience in Real Estate will be vital to make sure that the land you want to purchase for starting a real estate project (horizontal or vertical condominiums, houses, gated communities or commercial) is ideal and doesn’t have any kind of building restrictions.
On Thursday, January 1st, 2015, the updated Manual de Valores Base Unitario por Tipología Constructiva (MVBUTC in Spanish) took effect, which helps to establish the tax value of real estate properties that cost ¢121 million or more, including luxury houses, and that must pay the Solidarity Tax to the Strengthen of Housing Programs (Law 8683).
March 26, 2015 By The Law Offices of Robert S. Lewis, P.C.
According to RealtyTrac, there were 16,700 zombie foreclosures in New York in 2014. That number has since risen by 54 percent. These homes are often the houses that bring a neighborhood's value down; the houses with unkempt lawns and boarded-up windows that are easy to ignore and forget.
March 24, 2015 By Kydalov & Partners
Nowadays, land property is one of the most profitable objects of investment in Ukraine. Both Ukrainian and foreign investors show their interest in this sphere.
March 20, 2015 By Capital Legal Services, L.L.C.
Federal Law No.46-FZ “On amending the Administrative Offences Code of the Russian Federation,” increasing the administrative liability for unlawful use of land parcels (the “Federal Law”) was adopted on March 08, 2015, namely:
March 17, 2015 By HG.org
You have just found the perfect spot. It is right where you need it, the rent is just right, and you love the floorplan. Things seem great until one day you come home to find the landlord or one of the maintenance people in your home without your permission.
March 16, 2015 By Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A.
One of the main issues a Florida couple will have to deal with during a divorce is what to do with their home.
March 16, 2015 By HG.org
It is late at night, you have to work in the morning, but all you can hear is the thumping of your neighbor's stereo next door. You have asked them to turn it down before, but they do not seem to get it and the racket continues. Now, it is time to take things to the next level. So, what can you do about a noisy neighbor?
March 15, 2015 By STA Law Firm
Agreeing with your spouse to reimburse him or after a shopping trip? A contract. Buying a plane ticket? A contract. Signing an offer letter from an employer who has offered you a job? A contract. A multi-page complex document laying out terms and conditions of a high value corporate deal? A contract.
March 3, 2015 By HG.org
Moving out of a rented property can be an exciting time. The thoughts of a new home or office and all that it has in store may be what dominates your thoughts. But, it can also be a stressful time, as well. This is particularly true when you are counting on getting your deposit back only to discover that your former landlord is trying to keep it or even charge you additional fees on top of it. If you believe these charges are unjust, what can you do to fight it?
February 18, 2015 By STA Law Firm
If I purchase an apartment in a communal building, what exactly do I own? Am I entitled to a section of the pool, corner of the gym and rights over a particular elevator? Or do I only have rights over anything within the boundaries of my specific plot?
February 16, 2015 By Motei & Associates, Attorneys at Law
The basics of buying freehold property in Abu Dhabi are the same as anywhere else in the United Arab Emirates. However, unlike Dubai, Abu Dhabi does not till date have specific laws/regulations regulating sale and purchase of real estate by foreigners (i.e. off plan sale, real estate brokers and agents, escrow accounts, jointly owned property (Strata Law), etc). Such being the case one needs to be even more careful and exercise greater due diligence while purchasing property in Abu Dhabi.
February 13, 2015 By Parris Whittaker, Attorney at Law
Parties to commercial leases should appreciated and understand the extent of their rights and responsibilities to commercial landlords, to minimize the risk of disputes.
February 12, 2015 By Motei & Associates, Attorneys at Law
The endless opportunities that Dubai is bringing back to its real estate sector and the influx of new people relocating to Dubai have substantially increased the Dubai property demand. The basics of buying a property in Dubai are the same as anywhere else in the world: “One needs to be very careful in closing a property deal”.
February 10, 2015 By Katz Law Office, Ltd.
If you are facing foreclosure, don't give up hope just yet. There are ways you can work to keep your home. Before signing away your deed or allowing the bank to foreclose on your house, contact an experienced foreclosure attorney to discuss the options that are available to you. Depending on your circumstances, keeping your home can be fairly simple or require a more complicated strategy.
February 9, 2015 By Cobb Law Group
Georgia's Right to Repair Act allocates specifics obligations, duties and rights to homeowners and home builders. And this article helps explain the process in an effort to avoid construction litigation.
February 7, 2015 By The Law Firm of Richard H. Lovell, P.C.
Purchasing a home, especially for the first time, can be a very scary but wonderful experience. Below you will find information that is sure to answer many of your questions regarding the purchase of your first house or apartment!
February 3, 2015 By Kydalov & Partners
Deciding on the purchase of real estate and its further lease in Ukraine, any foreigner / should consider the order of actions according to all legal requirements of current Ukrainian legislation. It is necessary to advise in order to care about and secure his/her future financial safety as well as prospective investments towards further monetary growth.
January 26, 2015 By Cobb Law Group
The majority of construction contracts include a provisions referred to as the "No Damages For Delay" clause; a well-drafted clause can limit a party's exposure to damages in the event of a delay on the project's schedule. Despite these provisions, there are exceptions to their enforceability.
The next foreclosure epdimic is coming from hundreds of thousands of Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOC)s that are coming due after their 10 year term.
Procedures of Land Acquisition in the Framework of Investment – Land Acquisition Deriving in Indonesia
Land Acquisition in the framework of investment is particularly regulated by Decree of State Minister for Agrarian Affairs/ Head of the National Land Agency Number 21 of 1994 on Procedures of Land Acquisition for Company in the Framework of Investment (“Kepmenag No.21/1994”).
Provisions of law concerning Management of Household Waste are regulated in Government Regulation Number 81 of 2012. To implement certain articles of that Regulation it is necessary to stipulate a new Regulation by the Minister, called Regulation of the Minister of Public Works 03/PRT/M/2013 (hereinafter referred to as: "Regulation 03/PRT/M/2013").
Early 2014, in February, the Regulation of the Minister of Public Works Number 01/PRT/M/2014 on Standard Minimum Service on Public Works and Space Layout (SPM) was promulgated. SPM means the terms on the type and quality of basic services on public works and space layout constituting obligatory affairs of the region that every individual has the right to obtain. This regulation revokes the previous regulation of 2010.
In 2014, the rules regulating the Wisconsin Estate Recovery program were updated to allow Medicaid and other long-term care insurance programs to recover funds from recipients of such coverage after they have passed on by claiming parts of their estates.
By STA Law Firm
Setting up a business in a new jurisdiction often calls for deciding on legal structure of entity to be incorporated. Investors may consider setting up a sole proprietorship, a limited liability partnership, joint-venture from of business or operate as co-operative society. There is no yardstick in choosing the entity type - a lot depends on careful planning, understanding governance norms, exit strategy & more. The best choice isn't always obvious or readily available.
Beginning in 2015, the general rate will be 24% instead of the current rate of 24.75%.
If a party to a commercial contract is in breach of its obligations, the court may order specific performance – but not necessarily. In a recent case(1), the UK’s Technology and Construction Court (TCC) considered the circumstances in which the court will order specific performance of a contractual obligation.
In large construction projects, it is not unusual to have a joint venture between parties; when these joint venture agreements are terminated, however, the specific terms must be scrutinized. A recent Georgia Court of Appeals case discusses some important issues such as fiduciary responsibility, contract ambiguity, and indeminification.
By STA Law Firm
The present article discusses cancelled real estate projects in Dubai and provides regulatory update on new law governing cancelled and stalled construction projects in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
A question of free market vs. government over-regulation to address the issue of environmental sustainability.
The rising number of marriages between Turkish citizens and foreigners brings in issues related to marriages of this type. From a legal point of view, the two important issues as regards to this may be the distribution of matrimonial property and inheritance. Under this topic we will basically address the issue of inheritance in Turkey, in line with the growing number of demands of legal assistance from our office.
A recent decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals has given homeowners loop-hole against lien claims as the lien claimant's summary judgment against the homeowner was reversed.
Before purchasing a real property it is obvious that the purchaser examines whether the seller is the registered owner of the property and whether the title deed lists any encumbrances relating to the property. If, however, the investigation stops at this point and does not cover the transaction on the basis of which the seller acquired the property, the purchaser may face some unpleasant surprises.
FIDIC, (Federation Internationale Des Ingenieurs Conseils), International Federation of Consulting Engineers aims to find a resolution in construction sector. There are five different FIDIC contracts in different colors that regulates different and separate obligations and rights.
Buying property is one of the best ways to make an investment in Turkey whether it is for your personal use or commercial activities, bearing in mind the liberal investment climate and economical development of the country. Whatever reason you may have in mind, you must know that Turkish law enables foreign real or legal persons to own full ownership of immovables in Turkey in accordance with some restrictions.
Construction cases often result in particularly valuable lessons for lawyers and commercial organisations alike who are involved in construction and property – particularly where work commences before the contract is finalised.
When one sells an immovable property which is held under a Deed of Transfer (Title Deed), the buyer upon paying the full purchase price, is entitled to take transfer of the property. The process by which the buyer takes transfer is called conveyancing. The person (a lawyer) who does the conveyancing is called a conveyancer.
When you let out your property you want to get money (rent) in exchange for the tenant’s occupation or use of your property. However, it is not unusual for a property owner to end up losing money instead of making it. How does this happen? Well, this is mostly due to some serious mistakes that a property owner makes before or during the tenancy.
Contractors and suppliers, whose labor, services, equipment or materials were used to improve real estate, may be entitled to file a claim of lien under the Georgia Mechanics and Materialman's Lien Statute if they are not paid. Navigating this law, however, can be difficult so we have put together this step-by-step guide to help you understand the complexities of Georgia's Lien Laws.
In the property market it is usual to sell such commercial or residential real estates that are leased out. On the basis of the new Civil Code, the seller of such property will not be relieved, by the sale, from its liability towards the tenants. If the purchaser breaches any of its obligations towards the tenants, then the seller may also be held liable, even if the property had been sold many years ago.
In a very recent case, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the lower courts' decisions to allow a performance bond company (who had to complete a public works project) to sue the State of Georgia for its default.
The recession has two valuable lessons for credit managers: First, even the best businesses can become significant credit risks, and, second, we have all had more practical experience in extending credit and collecting on past-due receivables. This article focuses on practical tips which credit managers can implement today to reduce the likelihood of nonpayment.
When does a limitation begin to run? Limitation periods (also known as ‘prescriptive’ periods) are an important element in litigation. A claim will be out of time if it is not made within the limitation period and the claimant will not be able to take legal action (subject to strict exceptions).
Getting paid on a construction project can sometimes be difficult. Securing your right to be paid by recording a lien can significantly increase your odds of getting paid. In this article, we will describe the documents you need to file and record, and when, in order to perfect your construction lien rights in Florida.
In recent years scientists have learned more about the potential dangers of mold and breathing it in on a daily basis. While some individuals may develop minor respiratory symptoms, such as coughing and wheezing, more serious conditions may develop, such as fungal respiratory infections. In many states, your landlord may have some responsibility to help remediate the problem.
Ready to move your startup out of the garage and into real office space? Here are some tips on negotiating your startup office lease.
There are many high-quality contractors in Central Florida that do an outstanding job, building beautiful homes. They try to get their projects finished on schedule and within their client’s stated budget, as they know that their hard-earned reputations are on the line.
After a vendor extends credit, it is vital that the vendor continually monitor the debtor for changes in its credit profile in order to minimize the vendor's risk of nonpayment. The following list of 20 early warning indicators, will help you see the risk coming before it happens.
Legal Notice 269 of 2014 has amended the Malta Retirement Programme Rules which were originally promulgated in 2012.
The American Arbitration Association offers new rules to reduce fees and speed the decision making process for the arbitration of construction claims between $75K and $5M.
There have been various reports in the media indicating that foreclosure rates have fallen to pre-bubble crisis levels.
A landlord is a person or entity that owns a rental unit. A tenant is an individual that rents or leases the unit on a month-to-month or fixed term basis. Before renting a unit, the unit must be fit to live in or be in a habitable condition. The legal term, “habitable,” means that the rental unit is fit for occupation and that it complies with state and local laws that materially affect tenants’ health and safety.
Italy remains without a doubt one of the most alluring countries to live in. From cities to countryside, mountains to the sea, Italy can offer a location to suit all tastes and property for every budget, in fact, to date Italy still remains a buyer’s market.
Should a property owner have to get a coastal development permit before he can close the gate to his private property? The Surfrider Foundation thinks so, and if it wins its current lawsuit against Vinod Khosla that could soon be the law of the land in California.
This guide is a summary of the pertinent information that California homeowners and their agents are required by law to disclose to buyers.
This case illustrates the critical need of a grantor to know the exact extent of his or her ownership interest when conveying an ownership or leasehold interest.
A grading subcontractor was not paid for putting in the roads in a new subdivision; after the construction lender foreclosed upon the project developer, the subcontractor sought payment from the bank. After the trial court awarded the subcontractor its full claim plus attorneys fees, the Georgia Court of Appeals reversed. Some very important lessons for subcontractors and lien claimants are made clear in the ruling.
Homeowners and contractors need to read this guide before beginning a home improvement project.
Reverse mortgages can be a good option for homeowners at or near retirement age in need of additional income. But there are strings attached. Read on to learn what you need to know before starting the process.
It is imperative that construction contracts provide a clear and concise directive in dealing with the fluid course every project takes. Doing so will greatly aid in avoiding the confusion and mistakes that often lead to costly and laborious legal action between disgruntled parties.
In today's cut-and-paste world, even leading contract attorneys make mistakes. If you want to make your contracts easier to read and promote a problem-free project, then consider implementing some of the changes which we have suggested here.
Water rights in Georgia vary according to the amount of water withdrawn from the water source, whether it is a surface water source (river, stream, reservoir) or a groundwater source (aquifer).
How to appeal a property tax assessment in Georgia.
Law description for business commercial companies established in Egypt. These rights have described according to the International Law in Egypt. Also the article says about private property in Cairo, Hurghada. But there are other rules for Sharm-El-Sheikh.
What is foreclosure? - To foreclose on property is for a creditor to assert a claim of right, given by the owner of property to a creditor, to transfer interest in property to the creditor in the event the present owner (borrower) fails to pay an obligation, usually created by a loan agreement or promissory note. In short, in most cases, it is when a lender takes property from its owner and sells it in order to satisfy an unpaid debt.
Clarifying some of the problematic issues related with testaments of foreign persons who have properties in Bulgaria.
Unmarried and in a Relationship: Protecting Your Rights with a Cohabitation Agreement in Massachusetts
Massachusetts does not recognize any rights for a couple that cohabit. This means that if your in an unmarried relationship and it fails, you do not have the right to palimony, separate support, alimony, property division or claim for loss of consortium. On top of this, the Commonwealth does not recognize “common law marriage”.
By Oaktree Law
Mortgage default risk continues to plague the housing recovery. A new report issued by the American Enterprise Institute indicated that the national mortgage default risk remained high in March, even though it dropped slightly from February.
The Home Equity Theft Prevention Act ("HETPA") became effective on February 1, 2007 and now governs certain sales of homes in foreclosure or default. If you are planning to sell a home in foreclosure or default, you should be aware of your rights under the Act, and know what to expect from a legitimate buyer. The Home Equity Theft Prevention Act was passed in response to recent scams which targeted homeowners in financial distress (often elderly or unsophisticated homeowners).
In real estate transactions in Spain it still happens more often than not that acquired objects or extensions have to be dismantled because renovations or extensions were not properly authorised or the authorisation was not registered with the different agencies involved. Subsequent permits are possible in some cases, but they do require a special process and incur substantial expenses.
It is customary to increase rents at lease contracts annually almost all around the world. Generally, the main source of such increase is inflation of monetary currencies and revaluation of the properties leased. However, there are legislative restrictions at many jurisdictions, limiting such application or predetermination based on contractual freedom on rental increases.
To say that the situation in Nevada between federal officials and cattle rancher Clive Bundy has gotten out of hand would be an understatement.
A common law system (one where previous court opinions define the meaning of the law) can be very useful. It can also result in some rather bizarre arguments being taken seriously, and even garnering the support of some members of the Supreme Court. Case in point: the plaintiffs position in Schuette v BAMN which the Supreme Court decided this week.
Occasionally unexpected issues arise that delay, or even stop, a real estate closing. There are also situations in which a Purchaser obtains title to property, and after closing learns that the property is subject to significant problems that would have been disclosed by the advice of an attorney or the review of a survey. Here are four recent examples:
Seizure of the Barries' Colorado dream cabin shows how arbitrary and nasty the power of eminent domain can be.
The question whether the General Meeting of the Shareholders in a limited liability company (OOD) should adopt a special resolution for the conclusion of a transaction for transfer of ownership over real estate was disputable in Bulgarian legal theory and practice. The Supreme Cassation Court finally resolved this issue.
Fighting The Post-Bankruptcy Survival Of Federal Tax Liens On Property Excluded From The Bankruptcy Estate
The federal tax collection system is founded on the concept of voluntary compliance. The United States government expects taxpayers to compute and timely pay all taxes owed. Most taxpayers fulfill this obligation. However, a minority refuse to comply. Those falling within the latter category are subject to forced collection and various penalties.
By LPA Law Firm
Law No. 8561, dated 22.12.1999, “On Expropriations and Temporary Posession of Private Property for a Public Interest” regulates the right of the state to expropriate or take for temporary use of a public interest the properties of physical persons or legal entities, as well as the protection of the rights and interests of the respective owners.
With the support of an extensive network of professionals (tax advisors, architects, civil engineers, business consultants), a complete series of informative, practical guides focusing on the most important fields of Greek law is available to private individuals, professionals and companies.
Greek government instated a procedure to obtain permanent residence permits, which can be renewed every five years, for third-country citizens who own real estate in Greece of minimum value €250.000, adopting a friendlier stance towards those who wish to own real estate property in Greece.
Our practical guide to real estate in Greece covers the entire spectrum of legal and tax issues which arise in practice when purchasing, managing, utilizing, developing and reselling property in Greece. It is addressed to both Greek nationals and foreign citizens of other European and non-EU countries who have a practical interest in legal and tax matters in Greece, with the aim of facilitating entrepreneurship and more generally the access of foreigners to the Greek market.
New measures to promote enterprise creation and real estate property transfer in Ivory Coast.
Transactions related to the acquisition of real estate in Poland usually require a large investment funds. Potential risks associated with such transactions should, therefore, be subject to a particularly careful evaluation. The negative effects of omissions of legal defects or adverse facts relating to property acquisitions may endanger not only the viability of the project, but sometimes even the financial stability of the entrepreneur.
A summary of some of the pertinent information with respect to purchasing real estate in Israel.
In California any taxpayer can bring a lawsuit to stop the implementation of a law that she believes is unconstitutional provided that she is a resident taxpayer of the area affected and public funds will be spent to implement the challenged law.
To bring into reality a living in Jakarta that is more orderly, peaceful, comfortable, clean and beautiful, a regulation relating public order is required to protect the citizens and infrastructure of the city including its accessories. Performing public order and peacefulness of the people is an obligation authorized to the provincial district government that has to be carried out in accordance with the legislation.
Law Number 1 of 2011 on Housing and Settlement (“Housing and Settlement Law”) has already regulated the proportional occupancy. Under Article 34, every legal entity who intends to conduct development of housing and settlement has to implement proportional occupancy.
The rise of civil asset forfeiture as a means of increasing government revenues.
By LPA Law Firm
Below is a detailed summary of the steps, time and cost involved in registering property in Albania. It assumes a standardized case of an entrepreneur who wants to purchase land and a building that is already registered and free of title dispute.
California Cities Can’t Avoid Constitutional Liability for A Taking by Dissolving their Redevelopment Agencies
For years local redevelopment agencies were the bane of private property rights in California. Until recently these agencies were clothed with the power to seize private homes through eminent domain and then give that property to private developers like Costco or Wal-Mart, all in the name of community development.
Eminent domain lawyers analyze California cities seizing underwater mortgages through eminent domain.
John Smith and Michael Jones are two friends who enjoy fixing and remodeling homes. They decide to go into business together, to buy distressed properties through foreclosure sales, to repair and remodel them, and then to sell the remodeled homes for a profit. They shake hands and agree to proceed, with each contributing one half of all expenses, and with each sharing one half of the profits. John Smith then comes to me for advice.