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Service Dog
18 June 2019

Fair Housing Rules and Assistance Animals (Part 2)

Grant Schertzing  and Sarah Willey resume their discussion on how Fair Housing rules apply to assistance animals.  Topics covered in this session include mistakes made by landlords or condo associations, assumptions on which animals can be allowed, what fees if any can be charged for an assistance animal, good practices for landlords or housing providers, […]

 
Service Dog
04 June 2019

Fair Housing Rules and Assistance Animals (Part 1)

Grant Schertzing  and Sarah Willey discuss how Fair Housing rules apply to assistance animals.  Assistance animals, including service or emotional support animals, fall under reasonable accommodation with an identifiable disability nexus under the Fair Housing Act.  Issues surrounding assistance animals include how to handle when a disability isn’t readily apparent, what verification is allowable by […]

21 May 2019

How to Make Ground Leases Financeable (Part 2)

Alan Schwartz and Jim Ens continue their discussion on how to make ground leases financeable.  Topics include how ground lease defaults or terminations are handled, can a ground lessor take out a mortgage on the property, the importance of a non-merger clause and more.

07 May 2019

How to Make Ground Leases Financeable (Part 1)

Alan Schwartz and Jim Ens discuss how to make ground leases financeable.  Ground lease transactions are increasing in Michigan and can be more complex than a traditional mortgage.  Topics include leasehold mortgages, value of leaseholds in the eye of the lender, lender concerns and more.

23 April 2019

What to Watch for in Construction Disbursement ...

Alan Schwartz and Jim Ens wrap up their discussion on construction disbursement agreements in this episode. Topics include what happens when final payment is requested, what deliverables should be covered by the agreement, which inspections and forms are required to verify project is complete, retainage and more.

09 April 2019

What to Watch for in Construction Disbursement ...

Alan Schwartz and Jim Ens continue their discussion on construction disbursement agreements in this episode.  Topic include process for getting disbursement upon deliveries, use of lien waivers, which parties must review and approve payments and more.

26 March 2019

What to Watch for in Construction Disbursement ...

Alan Schwartz and Jim Ens discuss issues related to construction disbursement agreements, including who are the parties to the agreement, who benefits from these types of agreements, what construction costs can and are covered by these agreements and much more.

Commercial Buildings
12 March 2019

Important Steps In Pre-Leasing Due Diligence (P...

Jim Ens and Matt Van Dyk continue their discussion on the due diligence steps a tenant should take before signing a lease.  Discussion continues on the importance of pulling the title commitment to review tax liability of assessments, confirm ownership of the property, and confirm lenders for the property for the securing of SNDAs (listen […]

Commercial Buildings
26 February 2019

Important Steps In Pre-Leasing Due Diligence (P...

Jim Ens and Matt Van Dyk discuss the due diligence steps a tenant should take before signing a lease. These include gaining land control by securing a letter of intent or agreement to enter into a lease with binding language or at minimum a stand still provision. Review of provisions such as land use provisions […]