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How much longer can Philly dodge its vacant property problem? p2

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Real Estate Law on Mar 17, 2015.

We are discussing the added emphasis Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s proposed budget will place on building inspections. The proposal includes enough money for the Department of Licenses & Inspections to hire 43 new inspectors, as well as funds to increase staffing at departments that support L&I’s work. In part, this was the mayor’s response to a troubling report from the City Controller’s office about vacant properties in Philly.

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Courts begin to weigh in on barrier dune construction p3

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Real Estate Law on Mar 6, 2015.

The barrier property dispute playing out in New Jersey right now seems to get more complicated with every step forward. We’re still discussing the town of Margate’s efforts to halt the Army Corps of Engineers’ bidding process for the barrier dune/beachfront protection project. The judge denied the stay in January, reasoning that neither party would “suffer irreparable harm” if the corps went forward with the bidding process.

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A friend asks: Are condo associations the spawn of Satan? p2

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Real Estate Law on Jan 12, 2015.

We are picking up our discussion about condominium associations and a dilemma a friend found herself in (here). As president of the association board, our friend has been involved with major repairs for her 14-unit, 80-year-old building. Her building is in an urban neighborhood where parking is a problem, but the property includes a detached garage.

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A friend asks: Are condo associations the spawn of Satan?

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Real Estate Law on Jan 5, 2015.

We’ll return to our discussion of eminent domain later this week. This issue came up, though, and we promised a friend we would post about it ASAP. Our friend has had a bad week. Aside from being behind on mailing Christmas presents to friends and family — yes, even in January — she had a particularly contentious meeting with her condominium association.

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When landlords rent to college students

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Real Estate Law on Nov 17, 2014.

For many Americans, an empty room is simply a space that has yet to be rented to someone who can put it to good use. If you share this sentiment, you may be a landlord to many tenants or you may simply aspire to rent out a single room in your home to someone who can use it more fully than you can. And for someone in need of a place to sleep or to engage in creative work, that space may be uniquely valuable.

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A Marcellus Shale case that has nothing to do with fracking p6

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Real Estate Law on Nov 4, 2014.

We are finishing up our discussion of a Pennsylvania case involving mineral rights. The facts of the case look unusual at first. The more we dig into it, though, the clearer it is that this kind of situation could come up again and again. Some of the state’s property laws are centuries old, and some practices that seem rare in other parts of the country are actually quite common here. The case is about one piece of land and the two parties that claim to own it. The heirs of a 19th Century landowner claim t

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A Marcellus Shale case that has nothing to do with fracking p5

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Real Estate Law on Nov 1, 2014.

Say a mining company owns an acre of land in northeastern Pennsylvania. If the company were just to sink a well and start extracting gas from the Marcellus Shale, it could be in trouble with people the company never even knew existed.

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A Marcellus Shale case that has nothing to do with fracking p4

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Real Estate Law on Oct 27, 2014.

We have been talking about the different kinds of property rights, particularly mineral rights and the rights to the land above mineral deposits. Pennsylvania is dealing more and more with issues like this now that advances in technology have made the Marcellus Shale easier to tap into. Mineral rights were easy to ignore or to forget about when they were not worth anything. Now, there is a lot of money at stake.

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