Tag: Land Court

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 »

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 »

Recorded Deed with Defective Acknowledgement Fails to Provide Constructive Notice to Third Parties

By Sherin and Lodgen on September 24, 2014
a hand dropping keys into another hand

In a case of first impression, the Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that a real property grantee could not be... Read More »

Massachusetts Registered Land – A Primer

By Andrew Royce on July 8, 2014
a paper with a black pen and keys on top

Many out-of-state attorneys and real estate professionals are unfamiliar with the existence of registered land in Massachusetts. Approximately 15 to... Read More »

Appeals Court Rejects Buyer’s Attempt to Enforce Seller’s Conditional Acceptance

By Sherin and Lodgen on April 7, 2014
a miniature house and keys on a persons hand

The Massachusetts Appeals Court in Host v. Gray recently affirmed a Land Court decision dismissing a buyer’s claim seeking specific... Read More »

This couldn’t happen in my mixed-use condominium….or could it?

By Peter Friedenberg on April 1, 2014
apartments and a view of the street

I just finished reading an article about a recent Superior Court case, Board of Trustees of the Gates of Greenwood... Read More »

Can Solar Farms and Backyard Gardens Co-Exist? Zoning Tensions Flare in Massachusetts

By Paula G. Curry on May 9, 2013
solar panel park with blue cells on a green field and sunset in the background

Imagine you’ve just purchased your dream home in the ‘burbs. Your patio has just been finished. Your beautiful 2-acre lot,... Read More »