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Real estate tax provisions usually provide that a tenant will pay either its proportionate share of all real estate taxes or the proportionate share of all such real estate taxes that are in excess of real estate taxes assessed against a property in a predetermined base tax year. There are several clauses, however, that rarely find their way into a landlord’s initial draft of the lease that may be beneficial to a tenant. In addition, certain real estate tax provisions that are typically included in a landlord’s standard lease form need to be carefully reviewed to make sure they are fair to both the landlord and the tenant.
By Michael R. Leighton
Numerous shopping center developers use a “layer-cake” of financing, including state and federal tax incentives to reduce the costs of debt and equity financing. The industry correctly saw that the market value of the credits would drop once the Jobs Act become effective. Such tax cut could undoubtedly impact the ability of developers to raise equity, certainly for new projects not yet placed in service.
By Erika Morphy
One of the many provisions of last year’s tax overhaul was the creation of a little-noticed program called Opportunity Zones, which was designed to give investors tax breaks for investments in designated areas. Now, attention is starting to pick up as the program takes shape.
By Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan
The courts issued 41 decisions in 2017 under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act, and changes were made to regulations themselves this year. This article summarizes the most important of these cases and regulation changes, and the patterns they represent.
Tenant Improvement Does Not Shift Repair Responsibility Away from Landlord
Attorney Fees Not Court-Ordered Cannot Be Recouped by Withholding Rent