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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. Little was heard about the program as governors went through the process of selecting where the Opportunity Zones would be located within their jurisdictions. The Treasury Department then formally designated over 8,700 low-income communities around the country as Opportunity Zones. Now, attention is starting to pick up as the program takes shape. The real estate community is expressing a lot of interest in the program, and so far at least one investment firm has launched an Opportunity Zone fund.
By Glenn A. Browne
When negotiating permitted-use clauses under retail leases, landlords attempt to achieve the most comprehensive limitations possible so as to avoid conflicts with other tenants’ leases and violations of exclusive-use clauses that are maintained by other tenants in the retail facility. Tenants, however, should be very careful to incorporate a certain degree of flexibility and adaptability into their leases’ permitted-use clauses to take into account an evolving landscape.
By Janice G. Inman
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York recently determined that because New York prohibits unlicensed real estate brokers from pursuing payment in its courts for services rendered, a plaintiff who performed real estate work for a client who then did not pay had no standing to sue.
By Paul Fiorilla
Opportunity zones are the latest big thing to hit the commercial real estate market, but many questions remain, including details of how deals can be structured, the best strategy for investing and just how much property there is in the zones.
Expired Lease Terms Don’t Automatically Apply
Landlord Not Liable to Third Party