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City of Seattle Imposes New Short-Term Rental Limits

On December 11, 2017, the Seattle City Council voted 7-0 to enact new regulations for short-term rentals.  The new regulations will take effect on January 1, 2019, and will require all operators of short-term rentals (including those offered on sites such as Airbnb and HomeAway) to obtain licenses and will limit new operators to listing their primary residence and one … Continue reading »

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Understanding Washington’s Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP)

Voluntary Cleanup Program In the State of Washington, the owner of contaminated property has the option to perform a cleanup independently and request technical assistance and opinions from Washington’s Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) regarding the sufficiency of the cleanup.  This process is called the Voluntary Cleanup Program (“VCP”).  As will be discussed below, it is important to note that the … Continue reading »

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Unique Challenges Faced When “Crafting” a Commercial Lease for a Brewery

As craft breweries often merge retail and industrial leasing concepts, they face a unique set of legal issues when negotiating a commercial lease agreement for their production facility and/or tasting room. License/Permit Contingencies and Permitted Use Provisions are Critical First of all, it is critical that the lease agreement contain contingencies for receipt by the brewery of the necessary licenses, … Continue reading »

Understanding a Landlord’s Ability to Increase the Tenant’s Share of Operating Expenses

In a commercial lease setting, in addition to the monthly rental payment, the tenant is often obligated under the lease agreement to reimburse the landlord for the tenant’s “Pro Rata Share” of certain “Operating Expenses” (sometimes called Common Area Maintenance expenses or CAM), which share is commonly determined by comparing the rentable square footage of the tenant’s leased space to … Continue reading »

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Important Issues to Consider Before Entering into a Commercial Sublease

A properly structured sublease can be a prudent strategy in a commercial lease transaction. However, if poorly drafted, a sublease can unnecessarily expose all three parties (the landlord, tenant and subtenant) to unforeseen liabilities and risks. Continue reading »

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