Real Estate


April 16, 2013 1:58 PM | Posted by Admin

 

I'm currently wrapping up a great weekend at the American Planning Association’s (APA) National Planning Conference in Chicago, Illinois. For the MCL Blog readers unfamiliar with this event, the APA hosts an annual development conference for planning professionals and representatives from communities all over the United States. The five-day conference offers seminars on a broad range of topics, from common planning problems like the use of economic development incentives, to some unique regional issues, such as whether roosters and goats should be allowed under a city's urban agriculture ordinance. (Think Portland!)

April 8, 2013 2:25 PM | Posted by Admin

I am frequently asked this question by both contractors and commercial property owners. Generally, owners of commercial property (at least in Missouri and Kansas) will not be liable for contracts entered into by their tenants unless the tenant is acting as an agent of the owner, or the lease requires the tenant to make certain improvements that enhance the value of the property.

March 18, 2013 3:52 PM | Posted by Admin

One of the key issues a buyer should consider before purchasing property is whether or not to order a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. The purpose of the Phase I is to evaluate a property’s environmental conditions and assess the likelihood of any contamination being present onsite. From a buyer’s perspective, the Phase I is used to identify possible contamination on the property and to provide some protection from liability should environmental hazards later be discovered.

February 12, 2013 2:50 PM | Posted by Admin

 

It is not often that the Kansas Supreme Court reverses Kansas judicial precedent and offers new avenues for plaintiffs to pursue claims. What does this mean for contractors? In short, it means a residential home owner can now make claims against a contractor for breach of contract and/or negligence.

December 27, 2012 3:23 PM | Posted by Admin

There are times when an owner may want to sell their real property during a construction project. As an owner, what are the key issues you should consider? As the general contractor, what is likely to be requested by the owner and by the buyer’s lender? This blog post addresses some of the larger issues that will need to be resolved in the transaction and should provide a general roadmap of how to structure the process.

December 14, 2012 4:49 PM | Posted by Admin
This guest entry about Missouri's Environmental Covenant Act comes from Andrew Brought of Spencer Fane's Environmental Law Practice Group. Given the issues property owners face with land use and site activities, the use of an environmental covenant can give said owners a significant advantage when used effectively.