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Commercial landlords: Time to tighten up your lease waivers of liability?

Jeff Brown January 5, 2021
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The California Court of Appeal recently upheld an exculpatory clause which spared the landlord from a tenant’s claim for personal injuries resulting from allegedly defective conditions of the leased premises. The case is a reminder for landlords to go back to their lease forms and make sure that they are getting the most exculpatory protection they can. READ MORE

What real estate parties should consider for letters of intent

Jeff Brown Jason Grinnell October 22, 2020
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As new real estate transactions begin to heat up, Letters of Intent will likely become relevant again. This article briefly describes issues to keep in mind as you begin to get back into the trenches for new deals. READ MORE

Work-out agreements and loan modifications: Put them in writing if the collateral is real property

Jeff Brown October 14, 2020
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In a recent decision, the California Court of Appeal held that the statute of frauds precluded an investment borrower from alleging there was a verbal commitment that the borrower could refinance or re-amortize a real estate-secured loan with a new repayment period. READ MORE

Rest in peace: ROFRs expire once a tenant becomes a holdover tenant

Jeff Brown January 24, 2019
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Thanks to a decision from the California Court of Appeals, a right of first refusal contained in a written lease expires when the tenant becomes a “holdover” tenant. Now, tenants must seek specific language in their leases to preserve ROFR privileges. READ MORE

Welcome to The Ground Floor

Jeff Brown July 23, 2015
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Whether you’re traveling the 405, the 101, or the I-80, California is all about commercial real estate. In fact, other than water, many believe the most important legal issues concerning the Golden State are those with respect to the acquisition, management, and disposition of real property READ MORE