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What is a Force Majeure Clause?

The COVID-19 crisis means that Force Majeure clauses are getting brought up a lot these days. It seemed an ideal time to discuss what these clauses are. Force Majeure is a French phrase meaning “superior force.” It’s a contract provision designed to relieve both parties of their obligations in the face of large, unforeseeable events.…

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Long Island Residential Landlords Respond to COVID-19

COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty to everyone’s lives, and if a property owner isn’t exactly in the same position as a gig worker or hourly employee there is nevertheless a lot to think about. Issues of safeguarding tenants, limiting liability, and dealing with inevitable rent disruptions are right at the forefront.  Here are…

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What You Need to Know About Breaking a Commercial Lease

Business is tough, and there’s always a chance you’ll go out of business or will have a need to change locations before your commercial lease is up. Yet you should always consult a Long Island real estate lawyer before you do, as there can be some significant legal and financial consequences for taking this action.…

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When Can a Buyer Sue a Seller for Failure to Disclose?

New York imposes very little in the way of disclosure requirements for sellers. Sellers have numerous ways to avoid or limit liability for a property’s poor condition.  In fact, in many cases it is highly disadvantageous for sellers to disclose any information beyond the bare minimum. All this means that if you’re a Long Island…

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What is a Partition Action?

If you co-own a property with others you have to be careful, because there’s a legal action your co-owners can use to force you to sell it. It’s called a partition action. Co-ownership happens in a number of common circumstances. Multiple siblings inherit a property together. Divorce leaves two ex-spouses in control of a property.…

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When Does a Landlord’s Behavior Become Tenant Harassment?

Long Island has strict laws governing the interactions between landlord and tenant. In fact, taking certain actions against your tenant can even result in felony or misdemeanor charges. More often, it results in civil penalties.  Either way, they’re penalties you don’t want to face.  Some of the things which count as harassment may surprise you.…

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What You Need to Know About Equal Housing Law

Earlier this month, Newsweek released the disheartening results of a 3-year undercover study. The study focused on real estate agents and brokers across the Long Island area, and found that while these agents may be “all smiles” with some buyers, they would nevertheless treat people of color differently from white people. Only two agencies, The…

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In the News: Condo Owners Can Remain Anonymous After All

A few weeks ago the Long Island real estate market went into an uproar over a new law which required LLCs to disclose the names and addresses of everyone involved in owning a property, including condos. A few days ago, the State Tax Department reversed its stance, excluding condos from the reporting requirement. Instead, the…

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Tips for Long Island Co-Owners

There are a lot of reasons why people become the co-owners of a property, including inheritance. And when everyone wants the same thing, co-ownership runs as smoothly as any other kind of ownership. But when someone wants out, things can get messy. Which means no matter why you’ve become a co-owner, it pays to be…

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