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Why a Leasehold Mortgage?

By Gary M. Markoff on October 25, 2016
"leasing" labeled on red binder in a office workspace

Developer wants to buy a prime parcel for shopping center construction. He approaches the landowner with a written offer to... Read More »

Landlord Tips for Co-Tenancy Requirements

By on September 7, 2016
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When it comes to opening and co-tenancy requirements, some leases require that a specific anchor tenant be open and operating before... Read More »

Telecommunication Lease: The Battle Over Subleasing Rights

By Sherin and Lodgen on July 18, 2016
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Telecommunication (“telecom”) leases can be a unique animal due to the nature of the tenant’s use and business model. In negotiating... Read More »

New Opportunities for Credit Union Ownership of Real Estate

By Steven D. Eimert on May 24, 2016
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Proposed changes to NCUA’s rule on federal credit union (FCU) ownership of real estate and to the Massachusetts credit union... Read More »

When a Signed Lease is Not Enough – Commercial Tenants in Massachusetts

By Matthew S. Cote on May 17, 2016
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Renting retail space in a shopping center? An office in downtown Boston? A parcel of land for development in the... Read More »

Residential Security Deposits Provide Protection for a Landlord, but There can be Unexpected Pitfalls

By David A. Michel and Sander A. Rikleen on April 29, 2016
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On April 27, 2016, the ever-perilous legal landscape for Massachusetts residential landlords developed an additional potential pitfall. The statute governing... Read More »

Percentage Rent: How it’s Calculated

By Gary D. Buchman on April 8, 2016
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Percentage Rent is intended to reward the Landlord for creating a successful retail environment wherein the Tenant exceeded a sales benchmark... Read More »

A Major Danger To Commercial Property Owners (And Their Lenders) — The Protective Safeguard Endorsement To Property Insurance Policies

By Edward M. Bloom on March 24, 2016
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Almost all property owners’ insurance policies contain various endorsements covering such matters as rent insurance, business interruption, service interruption, liquor... Read More »

Solar Spotlight: The Good, the Bad and the Unknown

By Bethany A. Bartlett on March 10, 2016

Those involved in the solar energy industry raised a glass during their holiday parties to toast the passage of the... Read More »

New 2016 ALTA/NSPS Property Survey Table A Requirements

By Andrew Royce on March 8, 2016
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Effective February 23, 2016, the American Land Title Association and the National Society of Professional Surveyors issued new Minimum Standard... Read More »