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Don’t Forget! 2019 Tax Appeal Deadlines Are Approaching

July 25, 2018 By Stephen M. Zaffuto New assessment notices and tax bills have been arriving in property owners’ mailboxes throughout the spring and summer, and deadlines in a few counties in southeastern Pennsylvania are only a few cookouts or trips to the shore away. August 1 is the deadline for  filing appeals in Montgomery […]

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How can municipalities control the AirBnB trend within their neighborhoods?

March 27, 2018 By Mark R. Fischer, Jr. The online marketplace for short term lodging is proliferating well beyond Jersey Shore and Poconos rentals.  AirBnB’s are becoming a popular trend in suburban Philadelphia and in some townships, an unwanted land use.  Since this trend started, the municipal and zoning lawyer in me has wondered how […]

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Can You Trust Philadelphia’s (Ten Year Tax Abatement) Process?

March 6, 2018 By William F. Kerr, Jr. & Stephen M. Zaffuto Philadelphia’s Ten Year Tax Abatement Program has been in place for almost twenty years. It was instituted to spur new development and re-development, by exempting, for ten years, the value of any improvements to real estate.  Over the past few years, many new […]

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Can A Landlord Evict a tenant for late rent?

Tenants in Pennsylvania have the right to pay and stay under the Landlord Tenant Act.  68 P.S. § 250.503(c).  This means that a tenant can make payment up to the actual time of the eviction and remain in the property.  A tenant is required to only pay the amount of the judgment plus costs, even if additional rent comes due after the judgment and before the eviction.

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Residential Lease: More Than an Annoying Formality

November 1, 2017 Picture this: you’ve been scouring Craigslist for weeks trying to find the perfect house or apartment to rent.  You finally discover one that hits all of your criteria. You contact the landlord, tour the property, fill out the application, and you think you’re ready to go to enjoy your new digs.  But […]

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Failure to pay Condo or HOA dues could lead to excessive penalty fees!

September 21, 2017 by Kevin Cornish Many individuals in Pennsylvania live in planned communities such as townhouses or condominiums.  Association dues and assessments, as well as possible penalties and fines, are regularly due from homeowners to the association.  If a homeowner fails to make payment, it could lead to liability far in excess of the […]

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Tax Assessment Appeals in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties

April 11, 2017 Unfortunately, it is that time of year again…tax season. However, I’m not talking about personal income tax, but real estate tax appeals. The deadline for filing a real estate tax assessment appeal for property owners in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties is August 1, 2017 and October 2, 2017 for property […]

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Purchasing a Condominium Unit in Pennsylvania: What to Look For

March 22, 2017 By Arnold Heller Purchasing a unit in a condominium is not the same as purchasing a single family, detached house. When purchasing a newly constructed or to be constructed condominium unit in Pennsylvania, there are certain matters that purchasers should be aware of. A few of those are listed below. New Unit […]

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Storage Wars – Laws Governing Self-Storage Facilities

February 2, 2017 By Kevin Cornish Have you ever seen an episode of Storage Wars and wondered, can someone legally sell property in a storage facility?  Or, how can they legally do that?  Storage Wars takes place in California, and I am not here to discuss  California law.  However, Pennsylvania does have a law governing […]

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How Much Security Deposit is a Residential Landlord Entitled to Collect?

October 11, 2016 By Kevin Cornish The Pennsylvania Landlord and Tenant Act (“Act”) provides various rights and remedies relating to residential leases in Pennsylvania.  One provision involves the landlord’s collection of a security deposit. During the first year of the lease, a landlord is allowed to collect up to the amount of two months rent […]

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Understanding Real Estate Transfer Tax in Montgomery County

June 17, 2016 Whether you’re dealing with commercial or residential real estate purchases or real estate development in Montgomery County, you will inevitably be faced with having to consider whether you are obligated to pay a real estate transfer tax. Here’s what you need to know.

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Eminent Domain and Real Estate Valuation Basics in Pennsylvania

May 20, 2016 Most people have a general understanding of the concept of Eminent Domain. However, the knowledge that the government can take your land isn’t all that helpful when you are faced with an imminent taking of your property. Knowing the requirements for a government entity to follow in order to legally condemn property […]

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What Happens if The Purchase of a House Falls Through?

May 11, 2016 By: Kevin Cornish Purchasing a home is a large investment. Real estate buyers spend numerous hours researching and visiting properties. Real estate sellers spend equal amounts of time preparing their home to be sold. Once that perfect home is located, the parties enter into an agreement of sale. Generally, the transaction proceeds […]

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Understanding Real Estate Transfer Tax in Philadelphia

March 17, 2016 Whether you’re dealing with commercial or residential real estate purchases or real estate development in Philadelphia, you will inevitably be faced with having to consider whether you are obligated to pay  real estate transfer tax. Here’s what you need to know.

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Right of First Refusal – Don’t Take It Lightly

September 9, 2015 By Arnold Heller, Esq. It is not unusual for a landlord to grant a tenant a right of first refusal to purchase the landlord’s property if the landlord decides to sell. While this may be just the additional incentive needed to persuade a prospective tenant to sign a lease, rights of first […]

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