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Why a Leasehold Mortgage?

10/25/2016   |   BY Gary M. Markoff

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

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Landlord Tips for Co-Tenancy Requirements

09/07/2016   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

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

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Telecommunication Lease: The Battle Over Subleasing Rights

07/18/2016   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

Telecommunication (“telecom”) leases can be a unique animal due to the nature of the tenant’s use and business model. In negotiating... Read More »

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New Opportunities for Credit Union Ownership of Real Estate

05/24/2016   |   BY Steven D. Eimert

Proposed changes to NCUA’s rule on federal credit union (FCU) ownership of real estate and to the Massachusetts credit union... Read More »

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

05/17/2016   |   BY Matthew S. Cote

Renting retail space in a shopping center? An office in downtown Boston? A parcel of land for development in the... Read More »

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

04/29/2016   |   BY David A. Michel and Sander A. Rikleen

On April 27, 2016, the ever-perilous legal landscape for Massachusetts residential landlords developed an additional potential pitfall. The statute governing... Read More »

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Percentage Rent: How it’s Calculated

04/08/2016   |   BY Gary D. Buchman

Percentage Rent is intended to reward the Landlord for creating a successful retail environment wherein the Tenant exceeded a sales benchmark... Read More »

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

03/24/2016   |   BY

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

03/10/2016   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

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

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New 2016 ALTA/NSPS Property Survey Table A Requirements

03/08/2016   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

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

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Sharing Can Be Hard: The Risks of Distributed Work Space

09/09/2015   |   BY John J. Slater III

When mother encouraged you to be nice and share with others she likely did not have office space in mind. ... Read More »

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Show Me the Money! Negotiating Tenant Allowances

04/06/2015   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

Tenant Allowances are cash contributions made by a landlord to a tenant to prepare the premises for business. Landlords offer... Read More »