Real Estate

Complying with the City of Los Angeles’s New Earthquake Retrofitting Laws

by S.V. Stuart Johnson Esq. | Partner  and Ryan Davis, Esq.

If you are a landlord in Los Angeles, you may have recently received a letter from the City of Los Angeles demanding you comply with vague earthquake retrofitting requirements.  The requirements may seem overwhelming.  But with a short review of the applicable law, one may determine whether the requirements apply, when one needs to comply with them, and how to comply.

On October 9, 2015,…

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Real Estate News: Expectation Must Be Spelled Out in Lease

by Philip A. Toomey | Partner

Most lease transactions are preceded by a letter of intent (LOI).  While LOI’s are a great starting point, normally they are nothing more than non-enforceable statements of what “might” happen in the future. Under most circumstances, a LOI may not counter or add language to a later executed written lease. Many a tenant has discovered reasonable, material and significant expectations, clearly written in the LOI but not in the…

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