Category: Real Estate / Property

Assignment of Real Estate Contracts

This article continues the discussion of assignments of contracts  from our last issue.  Specifically, this article addresses assignment of real estate sales contracts, where the ability to assign and the effects of assigning are sometimes crucial.  Following are some aspects of assignments of real property… Continue reading

Assessment Appeals Deadlines for 2019

The yearly real estate assessment appeal deadline is fast approaching.  The last filing date for Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, Lehigh and Delaware Counties is August 1, 2019.   For Berks County the deadline is August 15, 2019 (and you cannot file your appeal prior to July1).  If… Continue reading

“Tender” Mercies

In most Agreements of Sale for real estate there is language to the effect that “Tender of an executed deed and purchase money is hereby waived.” Clients sometimes see this and ask about it. Sometimes, more usually in the case of buyers, a client will… Continue reading

Buying Real Estate for Your Business

It is common for businesses to lease the real estate upon which the business is operated. However, it sometimes makes sense to own the real estate upon which you run your business. What factors do you need to consider before purchasing real estate to use… Continue reading

Real Estate Assessment Appeals Deadlines

It is approaching real estate assessment appeal time again. The last filing date for Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, Lehigh and Delaware Counties is August 1, 2018. For Berks County the deadline is August 15, 2018. If you believe that your home, business location, rental property, or… Continue reading

Tree Liability

With the recent severe winter storms, the issue of tree liability comes up.  If a tree on your property falls on your neighbor’s property, who is responsible for the damage and clean up?  As with many issues in the law, the answer depends. . .… Continue reading

Property Protected from Creditors – Lender Be Aware, Debtor Be Prepared

It is of course, preferable to not be sued, and if you are sued it is obviously better to win your case and not have a judgment entered against you. The judgment itself is bad for your credit, but the execution proceedings that may follow… Continue reading

Co-Ownership of Property: Title Matters

When more than one person owns property they are referred to as “co-tenants”. How co-tenants own the property can vary – and can determine what happens to the property when one of them dies or when a creditor comes after the property to satisfy a… Continue reading

Landlords, Dog Bites and Personal Injury Liability

Yes, a landlord can be liable when a tenant’s dog (or other pet) attacks or bites someone.  Each day about 1,000 U.S. citizens require emergency care for serious dog bite injuries.  As a result, there are a growing number of lawsuits stemming from dog incidents… Continue reading

Entity Choice for Holding Real Estate in Pennsylvania

Everyone agrees that the average landlord or real estate developer is well-advised to hold real estate in a legal entity. The benefits of limited liability are too obvious to discuss. However, the question of what limited liability entity to hold the entity in is a… Continue reading