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May 2019 Archives

Amazon secretly behind huge new real estate development

Some real estate deals have the potential to change an entire local economy. When Internet giant Amazon announced it was looking for areas to host a new headquarters, cities in Massachusetts and all over the country fought for what they hoped would be a great opportunity.

Local government tax incentives for redevelopment

Although Massachusetts land owners and developers often complain that local land use and zoning regulations can make new developments difficult, local governments do sometimes work with private industry to promote new ideas for land use, sometimes with great results. One tool local government uses is known as Tax Increment Financing.

How will zoning laws impact your small business?

If you own a small business, you understand how important it is to find the right space from which to run your company. The location of your Massachusetts business can affect everything from which customers come to your store to how much you pay in a lease. In addition to your rent and other factors, you may also have to think about zoning laws. 

Make sure you know everything you need to know about easements

It's frustrating to learn that you may not be able to use your Massachusetts property like you want to. An easement can affect what you hope to accomplish with your property, or it may mean that certain parties will have access to your land for a specific reason. If you learn about an easement, you will want to find out everything you can about what this means for your specific situation. 

Requesting zoning relief can be a long, involved process

As this blog often notes, zoning regulations in the city of Boston are strict. It can be hard for developers to build new properties or for landowners to make alterations to existing properties. However, individuals and businesses do have options when their plans run into zoning issues.

Remedies for encroachment

Sometimes the border between two properties is hard to find. One landowner can accidentally trespass or even build something over the line, on land owned by a neighbor.

How do you terminate an easement?

An easement is a property right in which one party can use part of a piece of land legally possessed by another party. In a simple example, homeowner Abigail might allow next-door neighbor Zack to cross her property on a shared driveway so that Zack can get to his house. Another familiar example is a utility easement, in which a power company or other utility has a right to enter other people's property and perform various services on utility lines.

Fighting back against unfair zoning and land use laws

Massachusetts property owners know there are various laws and regulations in place that affect how they use their property and what they can do with their land. Property use and zoning laws are some of the most complex issues a property owner will face. In some cases, conflicts with local authorities over these things leads to complex legal disputes.

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