Structuring Joint Ownership of Real Property to Avoid Unintended Consequences

People often consider opportunities to jointly own property with family, friends and business associates, but fail to consider how to properly structure the ownership of the property in order to avoid issues that arise over the long-term investment in real property. These concerns arise in a variety of ownership situations, ranging from business associates acquiring property for a new factory to family and friends owning property for recreational purposes. For example, a group of siblings may contemplate owning commercial property together in order to receive income from the ...

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The American Rescue Plan Act – More Help May Be on the Way for Tenants and Landlords

The COVID-19 Pandemic has touched every segment of society and has been equally harsh on tenants and landlords alike. Hopefully, recent declines in COVID-19 infections, increased vaccinations and yet another aid package from Congress will help end the crisis and provide some relief for both sides of real estate leases.

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP), passed by Congress on March 10, 2021 and expected to be signed into law on March 12, 2021, is the latest in a variety of state and federal legislation offering some benefits for parties to real estate leases. 

ARP includes a variety of ...

The Hotel Industry in the Time of COVID

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has had severe negative consequences for many sectors of the American economy.  This is certainly true for the hotel and hospitality industries, which have been particularly hard hit.

According to the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), the hotel industry is experiencing record low occupancy rates.  Occupancy rates averaged about 66% in 2017, 2018 and 2019.  The AHLA projects an average occupancy rate for 2020 at approximately 38%.  This is substantially lower that the 2007-2009 recession, when occupancy rates dropped to 54%. 

Without more help ...

Real Estate Transactions and COVID-19:  The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The feel and look of a real estate transaction is considerably different than what it was just a short year ago. Today, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, closings occur in a different manner and on a different time frame, which can cause concern for buyers and sellers, especially those who were used to the traditional and more predictable closing process. However, the new measures and protocols that have been put into place have allowed buyers and sellers to continue to transact business in a safe and effective manner. 

Before the pandemic, buyers, sellers, excited friends and ...