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The Rams Effect in Los Angeles

The Rams coming back to Los Angeles was one of 2016’s trending topics, as Angelinos were excited to have an LA football team once again. With the return of the Rams, and a new stadium being underway, came a big impact in Los Angeles real estate. Just last month in October, there was an apartment complex in Hawthorne (an area near Inglewood) that sold for a breaking $25.8M! The price per square feet for that apartment complex was a whopping $305. Commercial properties in the area are selling from $300 up to $2,400 per square feet. Some of these commercial properties are even being advertised as being “next to Rams Stadium!” There are a lot of small business scattered near and around the area where

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Posted in Commercial Lease, Purchase and Sale, Real Estate, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles

Usable Versus Rentable Square Footage

Schorr Law’s lead commercial real estate attorney was recently quoted on a popular website – After Class –  explaining the difference between usable square footage and rentable square footage in the commercial leasing context.   This term is sometimes referred to as the loss factor.  A simple way to remember the difference is that usable square footage is the actual space within the walls of the leased premises while rentable space includes a percentage of the common area too. At Schorr Law we help our clients negotiate favorable terms on commercial leases and commercial lease extensions and amendments.  We also have experience litigating nearly every aspect of commercial leasing disputes. To read Mr. Schorr’s recent quotes, click on the link below. What Is “Loss Factor” And How

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Posted in Commercial Lease, Commercial Lease Counseling, Commercial Lease Subletting, Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles

Schorr Law Welcomes New Associate Attorney Katy Cummings

In early November, Schorr Law welcomed its newest Real Estate Associate Attorney, Katy Cummings. With many years’ experience as a civil litigator, and having successfully represented clients in federal, state, and administrative courts, Ms. Cummings brings many skills to the firm.  She also has experience with real estate transactions, and drafting complex real estate contracts for commercial deals. She will be assisting Schorr Law’s new and existing clients with their real estate needs, including Commercial and Residential Unlawful Detainers, Quiet Title/ Partition, Easements, and more. Ms. Cummings can be reached at (310) 954-1877, or by email at kcummings@schorr-law.com. Click here to learn more about Katy Cummings. Zach SchorrMore Posts – Website Follow Me:

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Posted in Real Estate Attorney, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles

What is a Lis Pendens?

  Lis pendens is latin for “suit pending”.   It is also often referred to as a Notice of Pendency of Action.   It is a notice recorded with the County Recorder’s Office in the county where the property is located that puts the world on notice, through its recording, that there is a lawsuit currently pending that concerns title or possession to the real property. When properly recorded, a lis pendens imparts constructive notice to subsequent purchasers, transferees and encumbrancers that an action is pending which affects the real property described in the notice.  California Code of Civil Procedure Section 405.24.  We typically see lis pendens recorded in several types of cases, including:  quiet title, specific performance, easement cases, partition, adverse possession, wrongful eviction

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Posted in Lien On Property, Lis Pendens, Litigation, Partition, Purchase and Sale, Quiet Title, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles, Specific Performance

5 Things to Know Before Buying a House in California

Buying a house is a complicated process, especially for a first time homebuyer. At Schorr Law, our real estate attorneys have seen their fair share of good deals (deals that close) and bad deals (deals that do not close).   Our lead attorney, Zachary Schorr, has assisted with the legal aspects of both routine and very complicated multimillion-dollar real estate purchases.   In fact, he has been involved with literally hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate in Southern California.   Here are some useful tips: A Pre-Approval From a Mortgage Broker Is Not the Same As Final Loan Approval. The first step that a savvy buyer will take before purchasing property is to obtain a pre-approval letter from a loan broker explaining that they are

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Posted in Commercial Real Estate, Contracts/ Agreements, Land and Property, Purchase and Sale, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles

Schorr Law Ranked No. 27 on 2016 Law Firm 500 List

Los Angeles, California, October 13, 2016 – This past Monday, October 10th, the Law Firm 500 Award Team published and announced its 1st Annual Law Firm 500 Award Honorees List of America’s Fastest Growing Law Firms. We are very pleased to announce that Schorr Law was named as one of the recipients for the 2016 Law Firm 500 Honorees Award. The list recognizes law firms all over The U.S. that have achieved significant growth, have a strategic vision, and also have an unwavering commitment to succeed. Schorr Law was first informed of its nomination and was later given the news that it would be recognized for the firm’s “growth, operational excellence, and commitment to client service”. Schorr Law made the Top 30 at No. 27

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The Ability to Grant Additional Easements over Existing Easements

Schorr Law’s Los Angeles based easement attorneys discuss whether a landowner can grant additional easement over an existing easement already on their land. As discussed below, this is generally permitted, as long as the additional easement does not unreasonably interfere with any existing easements. Every incident of ownership not inconsistent with the easement and the enjoyment of the same is reserved to the grantor. (Dierssen v. McCormack (1938) 28 Cal.App.2d 164, 17.) In other words, the owner of the servient tenement, i.e. the landowner, may make any use of the property that does not unduly interfere with the easement. (Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Ry. Co. v. Abar (1969) 275 Cal.App.2d 456, 464.) In fact, it is not necessary for the servient estate owner to make any reservation

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Analysis: Anti-Slapp Motions in Landlord Tenant Context

  C.C.P. section 425.16 allows for a special motion to strike “a cause of action against a person arising from any act of that person in furtherance of the person’s right of petition or free speech under the United States Constitution or the California Constitution in connection with a public issue.” (C.C.P. § 425.16, subd. (b)(1).) The court determines the merits of a SLAPP motion by undertaking a two-step analysis. First, the court decides whether the plaintiff’s cause of action arises from defendant’s protected activity. If the defendant fails to meet this threshold requirement, the SLAPP motion must be denied. If the trial court finds such a showing has been made, it must then determine whether the plaintiff demonstrated a probability of prevailing on the

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Posted in Anti- SLAPP, Commercial Real Estate, Leases, Litigation, Notice to Quit

5 HOA Member Rights Under the Davis-Stirling Act

Homeowner’s specific rights are established by the governing documents of the HOA (i.e. the Bylaws, the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, etc.), the Davis-Stirling Act and the California Corporations Code. Specifically, the Davis-Stirling Act, which was adopted in 1985, applies to all common interest developments and condominiums. (See Civil Code §§ 4000 et. seq.) It is important to note that the Act does not apply to commercial and industrial common interest developments as defined in Civil Code § 6531. (See Civil Code §§ 4202). Specifically, some of the rights of HOA members under the Davis- Stirling Act include: A residential association must make its accounting books, minutes of proceedings and records available for inspection and copying by a requesting member, or the member’s designated representative. (See Civil

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Easy Easements: Is there Such a Thing?

At Schorr Law our Los Angeles based easement attorneys have extensive experience litigating, drafting and negotiating all types of easements. We are constantly asked to give advice regarding whether an easement is obtainable and how easy it will be to obtain.  This is a very tough questions and the answer changes depending on the facts of your particular case. Of course, each case is different and the relative ease in getting an easement in one case does not mean that there will be a very long and hard fought battle over an easement in another case. We have had easements resolved at first contact and others that do not get resolved before years of hotly contested litigation.  Because we know that easements can be difficult

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Posted in Easement, Easement by Necessity, Equitable Easement, Express Easement, Prescriptive Easement

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Zachary D. Schorr has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers (Rising Stars) list for attorneys in Real Estate for 5 straight years - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. In 2016 he was also included as one of the top 100 lawyers in Southern California in this category. The selection for this respected list is made by the research team at Super Lawyers.

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