Category Archives: Landlord/Tenant

DOG BITES: LANDLORD LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY A TENANT’S DOG

In a blog published in 2016 I wrote about the Connecticut Strict Liability law as it relates to damages caused by dogs, and the absolute responsibility of the owner or keeper of the dog for those damages. A question that often comes up is what happens when the owner or keeper is a tenant in… Read More »

MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN CONNECTICUT: Legal or Not?

Answer: It depends. Federal law still defines marijuana as a prohibited substance. However, in direct conflict with federal law, more and more states are legalizing medical use of marijuana, such as Connecticut, and more and more states are legalizing recreational use of marijuana; Connecticut has not crossed this line yet. Connecticut General Statutes “CGS” sections… Read More »

KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO ASK FOR HELP

Although I am an attorney, I have always enjoyed tinkering with manual labor trades. Thanks to my late father, I have a pretty expansive working knowledge of painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, sheet rocking, taping and many other fields. Although he was very mechanically inclined, he never did any of his own car repairs. I do…. Read More »

COMMERCIAL LEASES – Important Considerations For Tenants

For many small business owners, one of the first major transactions as they grow or transition from a home-based business is signing a lease as a tenant for commercial space for their growing business. All too often, a new commercial tenant will not scrutinize the proposed lease as carefully as they should before signing it,… Read More »

WHY DO I NEED A LEASE?

Whether you are the tenant or the landlord, if you are renting a unit, commercial or residential, you are strongly advised to have a lease. A lease is nothing more than a contract between the landlord and the tenant. It sets forth at least the basic terms of your agreement including the rental amount, security… Read More »

CHRO RELEASES 2015-2016 STATISTICS

As it does every year now, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) has released statistics for fiscal year 2015-16. The CHRO is the state agency tasked with eliminating discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit transactions. The 2015-16 statistics show a continued rise in discrimination complaints. The CHRO received a total… Read More »

FHA LOWERS REQUIRED OWNER-OCCUPANCY RATE FOR CONDOMINIUMS

Earlier this year, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, legislation which directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) through the Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”) to consider a reduction in the required percentage of owner-occupied units in an FHA approved condominium complex. The current FHA rules require a minimum of 51% owner-occupied… Read More »

SELLING A MULTI-FAMILY PROPERTY IN CONNECTICUT? BUYER MUST SIGN NEW FAIR HOUSING FORM

Effective September 1, 2016, there is a new form a prospective buyer of a residential multi-family property in Connecticut must sign. The form advises the potential buyer of certain fair housing laws that are applicable when offering property for rent in Connecticut. The form must be provided by the seller, signed by the prospective purchaser,… Read More »

OBTAINING A PROPER TENANT APPLICATION

  As a landlord, selecting a tenant is often a difficult process.  It is important that a landlord screen prospective tenants to get the best tenant possible, while following proper procedures in that process.  One of the main tools a landlord can use is a tenant application form. A tenant application form is beneficial in… Read More »

I OWN RENTAL/INVESTMENT PROPERTIES – HOW SHOULD I HOLD TITLE?

It is not uncommon today for people to own properties other than their home. For liability purposes it is best to own these additional properties in a separate entity called a “Limited Liability Company” (LLC). A limited liability company is a legal entity which you or you and others own together that would then own… Read More »

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