Posts tagged Bach to Business
Wachet Auf and Lis Pendens

Lis pendens puts prospective real estate buyers on notice that the lawsuit is pending. If they take title to the real estate, they do so at their own risk, and the results can be brutal.

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Leaving a String Quartet or Tenant-in-Common Real Estate Investment

Originally in residence at Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Quartet moved together as a quartet to State University of University of New York at Buffalo and then to Eastman School of Music. During the quartet’s history, some musicians left the quartet and were replaced.  But in 1995, the quartet decided to disband. Years of international travel had taken their toll, and the musicians wanted to pursue other interests including, teaching and orchestral work. Real estate co-owners may make similar decisions to change investments or terminate their relationship.

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Smart Use of Smart Tech in Commercial Real Estate: Video Surveillance and Facial Recognition

Facial recognition has the potential to revolutionize commercial real estate access system and security. Yet, privacy advocates express concerns about how this technology might be used. In response, San Francisco now prohibits police from using facial recognition, and New York lawmakers have proposed a ban on facial recognition in residential buildings.

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Surviving Mahler Symphonies and Contract Terminations

At 90 minutes in length, Mahler’s Sixth is a true endurance piece. Consisting of four movements. Performance of a symphony of that length typically leaves orchestra musicians and conductors dripping in sweat as if they had just finished the New York Marathon, rather than played in the New York Philharmonic. Although surviving a symphonic performance or running a marathon frequently is synonymous with accomplishing a huge feat, survival has a different meaning in contracts.

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How Allowing Smoking in Apartments Can Lead to a Fair Housing Violation

Many major cities have passed laws prohibiting smoking in public areas. Some apartment complexes have adopted smoke-free policies. But even in buildings that are not smoke-free, tenants who do not smoke may have a right under fair housing laws to a smoke-free environment.

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Unintended Consequences of Business Policies

Sometimes, policies also can backfire and create unintended consequences. For instance, in 2014, the Maryland legislature outlawed the sale of high-proof alcohol, only to find out that it had an impact on the violin repair business.

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Smart Use of Smart Tech in Commercial Real Estate: Wiretapping Laws

“Smart” technologies are being implemented into real estate operations. Cameras which previously were monitored by closed circuit TV now may be streamed into web storage. These cameras can recognize faces and may unlock doors for known individuals. But some cameras also place property owners at risk of wiretapping violations.

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Recognizing Tax Collection Scams

A few weeks ago, I received a voicemail on my cell phone from someone who said he was with the IRS. He claimed I owed past due taxes and that I needed to call back immediately to prevent criminal prosecution for tax evasion. Fortunately, I recognized the call as a common tax collection scam.

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