Archive for the ‘Real Estate & Land Use’ Category
I will be a presenter at Allentown’s Retail Revival, with Allison Lisiecki, City Center Retail Specialist, on Tuesday, October 29, at the Hamilton Financial Center in Allentown. This program, hosted by CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Lehigh Valley, will take a journey into the past to explore the history of downtown Allentown’s retail landscape in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, and will delve into the plans being implemented today and the vision of the future to attract the best retail mix to support the new arena, office, hotel and apartment development taking place in Allentown’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone.
This is a really exciting time in Allentown and it is important that the developers and those involved are paying attention to every detail to make this redevelopment a great success for the city, its residents, and the entire Lehigh Valley.
For info on how to register please click here.
For many residential landlords, just getting possession of their property back from a rent delinquent tenant is victory enough. They assume that even if they obtain a money judgment against the tenant, the failure of the tenant to pay rent is likely evidence that the tenant does not have sufficient assets to satisfy any judgment that could be obtained and therefore the landlord has no choice but to write off the unpaid amount. What many landlords probably do not know is that if a landlord obtains a money judgment against a residential tenant for unpaid rent, the judgment can be satisfied by the garnishing of that tenant’s wages. Read the rest of this entry »
On September 25, my colleague, Jeff Casaletto, Esq., and I presented Don’t Cry Over Spilled Oil- Understanding Risks Can Create Opportunities. Betsy Schamberger, President of Moonstone Environmental, and Tracy Oscavich, Director of Lehigh Valley Land Recycling joined us to discuss how common “deal killers” can actually create additional business opportunities. Please click here to read an article published in Lehigh Valley Business about the seminar.
If you have any questions about the seminar or any environmental issues, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
One of Allentown’s treasures, Youell’s Oyster House, suffered a fire
earlier this year. After a lengthy hearing before the Allentown Zoning
Hearing Board with objectors, we were successful in obtaining the approval
to rebuild with additional seating. We have received many inquiries as to
when construction will start and we are pleased to report shovels will be
in the ground by the end of the month. It looks like we’ll be able to dine
at our favorite spot before the end of the year! Visit Youell’s Facebook
page for updates. The new design and menu offerings will restore this
location to an Allentown favorite.
Richard B. Somach, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., has been elected Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Sheriffs’ Association. The Association assists the 67 County Sheriffs in acquiring the education and training required for law enforcement officers.
“Having previously served as President of the Pennsylvania Sheriffs’ Association, I am honored to be re-elected as an officer,” said Somach.
As many Pennsylvania landlords will attest, it is sometimes hard to find a good tenant. In fact, sometimes it is hard to find a tenant at all. When an apartment or other dwelling has sat vacant for an extended period of time, it is sometimes tempting to agree to waive some of the landlord’s usual lease terms, such as no pets or no smoking. One lease term that should always be present, however, is the tenant’s waiver of a notice to quit. Read the rest of this entry »
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided long ago that a landlord has no general duty to protect tenants against criminal intrusion unless a landlord voluntarily offers a tenant a program of security. “A program of security is not the usual and normal precautions that a reasonable home owner would employ to protect his property. It is… an extra precaution…”. Read the rest of this entry »
In order for a residential rental property located in Lehigh County to be rented to a potential tenant through the Section 8 rental assistance program, the property must pass a rigorous, multi-point inspection that verifies, among other things, the safety and cleanliness of the property. Many municipal ordinances also require periodic inspections of non-Section 8 housing. Generally these non-Section 8 ordinances are defended on the grounds that they are enacted to protect and promote the public health, welfare and safety. Some municipalities have tested the limits of those defenses, however, by enacting ordinances requiring or permitting the municipality to conduct inspections of all rental properties each time a rental unit is re-rented. These ordinances may cause significant expense and inconvenience to landlords in the form of fees, repairs, extended vacancy and possible fines. Such ordinances may be particularly troublesome to those landlords who own rental properties that experience a high rate of occupant turnover. Read the rest of this entry »
On July 1st, the Morning Call ran a front page story about how the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone, Allentown Industrial Development Authority, the City of Allentown, building owners, developers, lawyers and engineers are ensuring public safety by going above and beyond required legal requirements during redevelopment around the hockey arena site. This topic is of interest in the wake of a recent wall collapse in Philadelphia that killed six people and injured many others in a Salvation Army store during an unsafe demolition of an adjacent property. Read the rest of this entry »
I co-presented “What to do if Your Borrower Says the “B” Word! (Or, Will the Borrower’s Bankruptcy Make My Horrible Loan Even Worse?),” on March 12 at Brookside Country Club in Macungie, Pennsylvania, at 7:15 a.m., with Jack M. Seitz, Esquire. We discussed the types of bankruptcy, how bankruptcy can be a good thing, how you get notice of bankruptcy and what it looks like, the effect of filing bankruptcy, filing claims and avoidance. If you have any questions regarding bankruptcy or the issues that can arise, please contact me at email@example.com.