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A Practitioner’s Guide to Understanding Interest

April 12, 2017 By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman While prohibited in some religious traditions,1 interest is one of the most pervasive concepts in the American economy. Seemingly simple on its surface, it presents a bewildering amount of complexity as soon as one digs into its legal implications. Real Estate practitioners must know the  Full Article…

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The Sound and the Fury: Noise in Rentals, Co-ops and Condos

By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman As New York City experiences ever denser housing, the problems with noise laws resound ever more clearly. The noise has gotten louder for many reasons. First more families have chosen to reside in this city and one of the loudest and unrepresented group of violators has been screaming  Full Article…

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Analyzing Adverse Possession Laws and Cases of the States East of the Mississippi River

By Adam Leitman Bailey and Matthew Eichel January/February 2016 Vol. 30 No. 1 The doctrine of adverse possession, under which a party can obtain title to real property owned by another, is surprisingly uniform throughout the eastern portion of the United States despite being a state law concept. The basic elements a party must demonstrate  Full Article…

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Understanding Single-Room Occupancy Laws

February 10, 2016 Single-room occupancy housing, or more commonly called SROs, exist throughout New York City. When purchasing such a dwelling without the proper paperwork, you will not be able to obtain a permit to do renovations, a buyer cannot evict the residents who are rent-regulated tenants, and the owner may be required to maintain  Full Article…

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The Rules for Allowing Pets in ‘No-Pet’ Buildings

April 13th, 2016 By Adam Leitman Bailey and John M. Desiderio When determining whether an owner’s pet qualifies for admittance in no pet buildings, cooperatives and condominiums must be extremely careful to follow the federal, state, and city fair housing laws governing how far a board can go when investigating and denying an animal’s entrance.  Full Article…

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