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Accessing Your Neighbor’s Property: Is Your Dream Project Becoming a Nightmare?

What happens when you need access to a neighbors property for a construction project but the neighbor refuses or an agreement cannot be reached? The answer lies in an infrequently used statute that allows a project owner to petition a court for a license to enter upon a neighbor’s property. This article summarize the procedure for obtaining such court-ordered license and identifies some practice pointers for potential litigants.

What Legalizing Marijuana Could Mean for NY Real Estate Attorneys

A future marijuana-friendly New York state could have attorneys seeing green as cannabis-based businesses seek assistance navigating the complicated process of state laws, including those related to real estate transactions and landlord-tenant laws.

Proposed Rent Regulatory Amendments Seek to Shift Balance of Power Toward Tenants

A discussion of three proposals introduced by tenant advocates in the New York State Legislature: the Urstadt Law, limits on MCI rent increases, and the elimination of high rent vacancy deregulation. These proposals, and others to come, will be debated in Albany next year when the rent laws come up for renewal.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: A New Opportunity to Use Tax Incentives to Fund Low-Income Projects

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 provides tax incentives for an investment in a qualified “Opportunity Zone,” the goal of which is to facilitate development in targeted low-income, economically distressed communities by encouraging investments used to start businesses, develop abandoned properties or provide low-income housing in the Opportunity Zone.

Giving Co-op and Condo Boards the Right to Grandfather Existing Privileges

Co-op and condo boards are often obstructed from making policy changes to address shifting trends and needs within their building by longstanding residents who benefit from the existing rules and have come to rely upon them. One popular solution has been to “grandfather” existing accommodations for these residents, but this solution is not without its own problems. The authors suggest a solution to the dilemma.