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Commercial Leasing Tips for Startups

Commercial Leasing Tips for Startups

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Once a startup goes from a concept to a viable company, the need for physical office space usually means negotiating a commercial lease for the new venture. Those with little or no experience in leasing commercial space are well-advised to proceed with the assistance of a qualified commercial real estate attorney; in addition, you should pay particular attention to these five things: Read More

Building a Home? Here’s What You Should Know About the Construction Contract

Building a Home? Here’s What You Should Know About the Construction Contract

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Before the first board is nailed in the home you are building, you need to be sure you have built in some protection for yourself by executing a construction contract. It is likely that your contractor has already furnished you with a contract ready for you to sign, but don’t do it without understanding everything in it and running it by your attorney first. Read More

When May an Arizona Mortgage Lender Pursue a Deficiency Judgment?

When May an Arizona Mortgage Lender Pursue a Deficiency Judgment?

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When a borrower defaults on a promissory note, Arizona lenders face the question of whether it would be more beneficial to foreclose on the property, accept a deed in lieu of foreclosure, or pursue a deficiency judgment. When making a choice, a lender must determine if there is sufficient collateral to cover the debt. If there is not, a lender will need to determine whether the debt is collectible, either through a deficiency judgment or suing on the note. Read More

Anti-Deficiency Law in Arizona

Anti-Deficiency Law in Arizona

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If a lender sells a home in a foreclosure sale for less than what the borrower owed, there is a deficiency. And in Arizona, lenders can sometimes come after borrowers for that deficiency. Fortunately, in many cases, Arizona’s anti-deficiency law prohibits a lender from obtaining a deficiency judgment — or, in cases when a judgment is allowed, state law limits the amount of the judgment. Read More

Eviction Moratorium: Making Sense of COVID-19 Eviction Guidance under federal and Arizona Law

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It’s almost a cliché at this point to say that the year 2020 is unprecedented. Numerous articles, news stories, and social media posts have already exhausted that part of the story. However, it’s not an exaggeration to say that millions of Americans, and thousands of Arizonans, have suffered financially because of COVID-19 or the accompanying lockdowns. Read More

Troubles of Owning Short-Term Rentals in Arizona During the COVID Panic

Troubles of Owning Short-Term Rentals in Arizona During the COVID Panic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a great deal about how Arizonans—and Americans in general—vacation in 2020, and there’s little indication yet that 2021 will be much better. From restrictions in travel—no going abroad!—to limitations on nonessential businesses, to the occasional full two week quarantine, to fears of what air travel might mean for the health of those who use it, everything has been up in the air. Naturally, this has had some effect on those who own short-term rentals. Particularly the “little guys.” Read More

How Arizona Landlords May Manage an Evicted Tenant’s Personal Possessions

How Arizona Landlords May Manage an Evicted Tenant’s Personal Possessions

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Sometimes a new landlord in Arizona finds that an evicted tenant has left behind some personal property in the now-empty rental space they recently occupied. It’s not uncommon for the old refrain “finders keepers, losers weepers” to run through the landlord’s mind upon making this discovery. And yet, while there is some level of truth in property law to that nursery-rhyme concept, things are not quite so simple in the landlord-tenant branch of the law. Read More

Under What Conditions May an Arizona Renter Withhold Rent During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Under What Conditions May an Arizona Renter Withhold Rent During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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The real estate puzzles posed by the COVID-19 pandemic are legion. In normal times, Arizona’s real estate regime has not made much room for what is referred to as “rent striking.” In other words, the reasons a tenant might have been tacitly authorized by law to withhold rent have been few indeed. But in the immediate wake of the pandemic’s rise much of the relief created by lawmakers—mainly on the federal level, which supersedes Arizona law—has come out in the balance favoring tenants. Read More