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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. In addition, the plaintiff was not able to use the doctrine of quantum meruit to make an end-run around the state’s prohibition on its courts’ providing assistance to unlicensed real estate brokers. Howard Carr Cos. v. Cumberland Farms, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24895. The case highlights the pitfalls of attempting to broker a commercial real estate deal without an official license from the state. When things don’t work out just as agreed, the “broker” will often be left without recourse against a client who has made different plans.
By Janice G. Inman
Is a property leased to a farming tenant a commercial property or an agricultural property? What about a building leased to a government entity? The distinction can make a difference in the tax laws that apply to the parcel.
By Andrew Dector
When members of the military are be called into action, the impact could be felt right here at home by our commercial landlords, especially those whose tenants are composed of businesses owned or operated by a sole proprietor, or an owner with one or two employees.
By Theresa A. Driscoll
Lessors who repossess property immediately prior to a lessee bankruptcy filing may be required to return such property or face sanctions by the bankruptcy court. Federal courts are currently split on the issue of whether the lessor must voluntary surrender property seized pre-petition or may hold such property until the debtor obtains an order of turnover.
By Mathew B. Tully and Barry Crushell
Proper planning and the ability to pivot will help American companies with UK, EU commercial property interests.