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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 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 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 »

Sharing Can Be Hard: The Risks of Distributed Work Space

By John J. Slater III on September 9, 2015
interior of modern design office with no people

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

Show Me the Money! Negotiating Tenant Allowances

By on April 6, 2015
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Tenant Allowances are cash contributions made by a landlord to a tenant to prepare the premises for business. Landlords offer... Read More »

Rooftop Leasing – Landlords, Look Before You Leap!

By Ronald W. Ruth and Paula G. Curry on March 30, 2015
five miniature houses made out of 100 dollar bills

This month’s edition of Shopping Centers Today, the magazine of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc., features an article... Read More »

Massachusetts Permit Session Jurisdiction Explained

By Sander A. Rikleen and Jennifer L. Ioli on February 27, 2015
the word "permits" labeled on a blue binder in a office

On February 27th, the Massachusetts Appeals Court again held that certain land use appeals under Mass. G.L.c. 185, §3A, cannot... Read More »

What You Need To Know: Boston and Cambridge Energy Use Disclosure Ordinances

By Jennifer L. Ioli on January 5, 2015
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On July 28, 2014, Cambridge, Massachusetts enacted an energy use disclosure ordinance, joining Boston and several other cities. The Cambridge... Read More »

Take Advantage of the Massachusetts Personal Property Tax Exemption for Solar Installations

By Sander A. Rikleen on December 17, 2014
miniature solar panel house with gold money sign in the middle

The Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board recently addressed the situation in which a land owner used a solar power system to... Read More »

Preexisting, Nonconforming Uses and Structures: A Recent Appeals Court Clarification

By Thomas P. Gorman on October 22, 2014
houses that look the same on a street with a tree in front and green grass also a blue sky in the background

Revisions to local zoning ordinances look prospectively. Thus, when a zoning ordinance is enacted prohibiting a specific use in any particular... Read More »