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Lenders Suspend Home Foreclosures Due to COVID-19, But What Happens Next?

Many large financial institutions are suspending foreclosures because of the massive economic damage caused by COVID-19. Some banks have stopped proceedings indefinitely. Others have set time limits for foreclosure suspensions such as 60 or 90 days. Even as health and financial issues remain uncertain, this is a good time for homeowners to take stock and Read More

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How Stay at Home Orders Are Affecting Real Estate Transactions

Purchasing a home is both an exciting milestone and an extremely stressful event. Even when things are running normally in the United States, people who are buying a property must deal with numerous moving parts and expenses. With nearly every facet of our lives upended by the global COVID-19 pandemic, prospective owners are faced with Read More

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Complying with Corporate Annual Meeting Requirements during the COVID-19 Quarantine

How do you hold a corporate annual meeting when the entire country is in lockdown? On the surface, it might seem like a simple matter of using a favorite video conferencing tool and perhaps checking to see if it’s been hacked. Annual meetings for corporations are more than get-togethers. They are legally mandated proceedings that Read More

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Key Aspects of the CARES Act Provisions Authorizing Small Business Loans

Small business owners are necessarily prepared for various types of challenges, but what do you do when the government orders you to close for an indefinite amount of time? Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has put millions in this very difficult position. Even worse, it is still unclear in many places when authorities will allow businesses Read More

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Will You Get Property Tax Relief Due to the COVID-19 National Emergency?

Governments and even some private businesses have worked to ease the burden on people who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For people who are concerned about losing their home after being laid off or seeing their business revenue plummet, programs have been established to offer rent and mortgage relief. While many will Read More

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How Will Coronavirus Affect Contractual Relationships and Obligations?

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted practically every aspect of American life. Whether closed by government order or by concerns about public safety, millions of businesses around the country have seen their operations come to a halt. Despite the overwhelming effect of COVID-19, it is not a certainty that an “Act of God” clause in a Read More

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The Undermining of Prop 13: Q&A with Rex Hime of California Business Properties Association On the Split Roll Initiative

I recently interviewed Rex Hime on the split roll tax ballot initiative and the negative impacts on California commercial, industrial, retail and office properties, if approved by voters in November 2020. Rex Hime is the President and Chief Executive Officer of California Business Properties Association (CBPA).  Since 1972, CBPA has served as the legislative and Read More

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What You Need to Know: California Split Roll Initiative Commercial and Industrial Property Tax Increase

California Split Roll Initiative Commercial and Industrial Property Tax Increase Q&A with Herb Tyson of the International Council of Shopping Centers The split roll proposal recently qualified as an initiative on the California ballot to be voted on in November 2020. Although split roll is described by its proponents as “tax reform,” it is really Read More

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Split Roll Initiative: Turbulent Times for California Commercial, Industrial, and Office Real Estate

Split Roll Initiative: Turbulent Times for California Commercial, Industrial, and Office Real Estate  (This is the first installment in a series of blogs examining the impact on commercial and industrial real estate of the split roll initiative that is qualified for the November 2020 ballot in California.)  The “split roll” initiative is a looming threat Read More

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Important Lease Issues for a Retail Tenant to Consider

A client recently requested me to provide a summary of the primary issues of concern to a tenant leasing space for a retail use in a shopping center or mall. Although this is not an exhaustive analysis of all of the issues involving a retail lease from the tenant’s perspective, the following are my thoughts. Read More

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