Ballard Spahr LLP: Buildings on Ground Leases Subject to Pennsylvania Real Estate Tax: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ups the Ante for Taxing Improvements

By Philip B. Korb and Benjamin V. Sanchez The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that even where a landlord merely ground leases land to a tenant who builds a building on it-and the landlord collects rent only on the land-the value of that building is subject to real estate tax. The court's...

Real Cases in Real Estate By Andrea Lee Negroni, Esq. – July 31st, 2012 Update

Real Cases in Real Estate is a weekly update on real estate law, with legal principles illustrated and explained by lawsuits from around the country. The topics are wide-ranging for appeal to a broad spectrum of readers including lawyers, homeowners, investors and the general public. Andrea Lee...

Tips for Commercial Tenants Affected by Sandy

Commercial tenants affected by Sandy may be in a difficult situation. Generally a commercial tenant's rights are limited to the rights set forth in the lease. Residential tenants have many rights guaranteed by law. Commercial tenants have very few rights. If a right or obligation is not in...

Vetstein Law Group: New Massachusetts Domestic Violence Law Allows Victims To Break Leases, Have Locks Changed

By Richard D. Vetstein, ESQ Under the new Massachusetts Domestic Violence Act recently signed into law, victims of sexual assault and stalking have the right to break their leases without significant financial penalty, have the landlord change their locks, and other important protections. The important...