- The Significance of Title Insurance in Real Estate
August 8, 2023
If you have experienced the process of purchasing or selling real estate, it is likely that you have come across the phrase “clear title.” The concept of clear title is two-fold. Clear title deals with the property itself, referring to title that is free from liens, encroachments, or additional issues that affect the land, building, or ...
- “Render Unto Caesar What is Caesar’s, But No More” Money Grab by County Taxing Authority Held Unconstitutional
May 26, 2023
On May 25, 2023, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Tyler v. Hennepin County ruling in favor of a 94-year-old property owner from Minnesota who refused to accept the government’s alleged right to sell her home for unpaid real estate taxes and keep the excess proceeds above the amount necessary to ...
- Philadelphia’s Commercial Activity License
October 26, 2022
Companies that do business in the City of Philadelphia are required to obtain a Commercial Activity License from the City’s Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I). While there are some exceptions, your company will likely need a license to own and operate a business in Philadelphia. If you or your business operates a non-profit, rents ...
- Evictions in Pennsylvania During the Pandemic
April 21, 2020
Evictions are currently prohibited in Pennsylvania through April 30, 2020. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s April 1, 2020 Second Supplemental Order prohibits evictions, ejectments, or other displacements from a residence for non-payment of rent or taxes, or a mortgage foreclosure. Despite the ban, landlords are permitted to send termination notices during the moratorium period. Once the ...
- What If: My Tenant Won’t Vacate the Leased Premises?
March 10, 2020
A tenant fails to pay rent or breaches another term of the lease agreement. The landlord terminates the lease. The tenant does not vacate the premises, and does not pay any additional rent. What can you, as a landlord, do to fix this problem? You can get the tenant out, and obtain a judgment for ...
- Who Can Be a Redeveloper of Property in New Jersey?
January 2, 2018
One of the questions that I am frequently asked is, “Who can develop property in a redevelopment area?” As discussed below, redevelopment can be done by anyone, subject to restrictions discussed below, and is not necessarily restricted to just large scale developers. A redeveloper is defined by New Jersey’s Local Housing and Redevelopment Law (the “LHRL”) as ...
- Installment Purchase Agreements for Real Estate
November 24, 2014
Traditionally, in Pennsylvania, an agreement of sale between seller and buyer “seals the deal” for the purchase of real estate. However, a prospective seller may also choose to have the buyer take possession of the property and “pay as he goes,” i.e. enter into an installment purchase agreement for the real estate. The core of ...
- Prescriptive Easements
July 3, 2014
The old Woody Guthrie song emphatically proclaiming “this land is your land, this land is my land” could well have its roots in the concept of a prescriptive easement in Pennsylvania. As recently explained in a Bucks County Court of Common Pleas case, Slice & Hook Enterprise v. McGonigal, 87 Bucks Co. L. Rep. 321, ...
- Dealing with Old Mortgages and Judgments on Real Estate
June 27, 2014
Often, when purchasing or selling real estate in Pennsylvania, an examination of the title to such real estate discloses the presence of old mortgages or judgments (frequently in the name of a previous owner(s)).
- Understanding New Jersey Tax Sale Foreclosures
July 2, 2013
All municipalities in New Jersey are required by statute to hold annual sales of unpaid real estate taxes. By selling off these tax liens, municipalities generate revenue. Tax sales are conducted by the tax collector; third parties and the municipality bid on the tax sale certificates (“TSC”). At the conclusion of the ...