Real Estate and Land Use Fall Webinar Series
Please join Wendel Rosen’s experienced attorneys for a three-part speaker series created to share legal learnings and strategies for real estate success.
Streamlined Housing Approval with SB 35, SB 330 and New-Pro Housing Legislation
Partners Patricia Curtin, Amara Morrison and Todd Williams will discuss recently-adopted laws SB 35 and SB 330 that provide for expediting processing and approval of qualifying housing projects, review recent court cases interpreting SB 35 and the Housing Accountability Act, and provide an update on new pro-housing legislation signed by Governor Newsom, including SB 9 and SB 10.
When: October 20th | 11:00 AM PST
Register: Streamlined Housing Approval with SB 35, SB 330 and New Pro-Housing Legislation
Hot Topics in Eminent Domain and Title Insurance Law
Mark Epstein and Robin Thornton, experienced attorneys in Eminent Domain Practice Group, will discuss hot topics in their field regarding eminent domain and title insurance law.
When: To Be Announced
Real Estate Law: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic
Wendel Rosen Partners Dan Myers, Gregg Ankenman and Al Flor, Jr. will discuss lessons learned to date from the COVID-19 pandemic and provide predictions for the future.
The panelists, consisting of two transactional real estate attorneys and a real estate litigator, will focus on commercial leasing and landlord/tenant issues.
Click here to watch Real Estate Law – Lessons Learned from the Pandemic.
Density Bonus: a Strong Development Tool Gets Stronger
Land Use Partners Todd Williams and Amara Morrison provided an overview to the Density Bonus Law, the recent legislative changes and how the law works to benefit housing projects.
Todd and Amara discussed the following topics:
- Addressed Basics of the Density Bonus Law
- Covered recent changes in the Density Bonus Law that makes it a more powerful tool for development
- The Qualifications of the Density Bonus Law
- The Restrictions of the Density Bonus Law
- Bonus Amounts
- Concessions, incentives and waivers
- Parking requirements and local ordinances
- New Developments for 2021
Click here to watch Density Bonus: A Strong Development Tool Gets Stronger.
Don’t Fence Me In: Navigating Encroachment and View Obstruction Disputes
Mark Epstein and Albert Flor, Jr., partners in Wendel Rosen’s Real Estate Litigation Group, discussed strategies to address and hopefully avoid encroachment and view obstruction disputes. With more people working at home, awareness of encroachments and the attendant problems are at an all-time high. Encroachment litigation can be some of the most costly and acrimonious litigation, and understanding key issues and laws can make the difference between an early resolution and a painstaking Solomonic solution crafted by a judge.
Mark and Al discussed the following issues:
- Encroachments defined
- Structures (house, garage, decks, walkways, driveways, etc.)
- Problems with encroaching roots and branches
- View obstruction claims under the local view ordinances of the cities of Oakland, Berkeley and Piedmont
- Equitable Easements
- Prescriptive Easements
- Adverse Possession
- Lot line adjustments
- Best practices for handling and resolving these types of issues between neighbors
Click here to watch Don’t Fence Me In: Navigating Encroachment and View Obstruction Disputes.
Returning to the Workplace: COVID-19 and New Laws for 2021
Tammy Brown and David Goldman are knowledgable employment attorneys who discuss the challenges of managing employees in the age of COVID-19. They present and review the laws and regulations that pertain to the pandemic, working remotely, handling employees returning to the workplace, sick leave and employee vaccinations. In addition, the most relevant new employment laws enacted and affecting employers are reviewed, many of which require changes in existing policies and procedures, and updating employee handbooks. If you are doing business in California and have employees or independent contractors working for you, you will want to become familiar with your new obligations to employees.
The topics they discussed include:
- COVID in (and out) of the workplace – prevention plans, outbreak orders, and sick leave
- Expansion of the California Family Rights Act and employee leaves of absence
- When is a worker your employee or an independent contractor—changes in the law—again
- New employer pitfalls when employees file claims with the Labor Commissioner
- New legal exposure when you buy a business that lost an employee wage claim
Click here to watch Returning to the Workplace: COVID-19 and New Laws for 2021.
How the “Housing Crisis Act” (SB 330) Can Ease Approvals for Housing Development Projects
Todd Williams and Patrick Tuck – experienced attorneys in land use and real estate matters at Wendel Rosen – shared their knowledge on how to use SB 330 to get your residential/mixed-use project approved. They also reviewed new housing laws for 2021 that could impact the real estate development marketplace. The webinar is part of our Timely Topics series on Bay Area issues, with a special invite to Contra Costa County residents as we celebrate the opening of our new Walnut Creek office.
The topics they discussed include:
- An overview of SB 330 that went into effect in 2020
- How SB 330 provides a development project applicant powerful tools to help get their project approved
- SB 330’s impact on public hearings and establishment of vested rights
- California’s new housing laws adopted in 2020 that will go into effect next year
Navigating Real Estate Purchase & Sales Contracts During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Strategies, Hurdles, and Legal Implications
Mark Epstein and Al Flor, Jr. are seasoned real estate litigators who shared their knowledge on issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic that could adversely impact real estate sale transactions. They provided tools and strategies on how to best protect your interests. The issues created by this crisis are not unprecedented, and Mark and Al discuss lessons learned from past events (e.g., wars) when these issues were litigated.
The topics they discuss include:
- Legally recognized excuses for non-performance
- Other contractual formation or enforcement issues to which the COVID-19 pandemic may give rise
- Remedies for breach of contract (when performance is not excused)