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California Housing Legislation Effective in 2021

USA - January 11 2021 The California Legislature made modest gains on housing production and stimulus bills in 2020, and there are several notable bills that took effect…

NY Court of Appeals Decides Who Gets Access to Required “Open Space”

USA - December 22 2020 This past week, in a 4 to 3 decision, New York’s highest court - the Court of Appeals - decided an important New York City land use question…

City Planning Announces Citywide Hotel Special Permit Text

USA - December 21 2020 The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) has scheduled a public scoping meeting for Friday January 22, 2021 for the Citywide Hotel Text…

NYC Council Announces Land Use Overhaul

USA - December 17 2020 The New York City Council, under Speaker Corey Johnson, announced this week the release of a proposal for “A New Comprehensive Planning Framework for…

Southern District of New York Upholds New York City Council COVID-19 Tenant Protection Ordinances

USA - December 16 2020 On November 25, 2020, Justice Ronnie Abrams of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a decision in Melendez…

Federal Judge Blocks Eviction Moratorium Challenge by Los Angeles Apartment Owners

USA - December 11 2020 City of Los Angeles apartment owners recently lost their bid in Federal Court to halt the application of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s eviction moratorium[1]…

Regional Stay at Home Order Implemented in California

USA - December 7 2020 Late last week, in an effort to control the increase of COVID-19 cases and stabilize the overwhelming hospital systems,[1] California Governor Gavin…

California Property Tax Changes to Parent-Child Exclusion

USA - November 24 2020 Recently passed Proposition 19 will seriously limit the ability to transfer California real property to a child without causing a reassessment and…

Los Angeles County Restricts In-Person Dining Due to Surge in COVID-19 Cases

USA - November 23 2020 Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (“L.A. Public Health”) announced that all outdoor and…

Significant Changes to State CEQA Filing and Noticing Requirements and Procedures

USA - November 12 2020 Two significant changes to California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) noticing and filing requirements and procedures recently took effect. First…