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A Mid-June Review of Real Estate Issues and Their Impact on the Real Estate Industry

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - "My complaint about the executive orders and legislation relating to evictions is just that they are overbroad and vague. They could be interpreted as applying to seasonal rentals, which is far beyond the state intention of the orders," Assemblyman Thiele told us.


The New York State Legislature Empowers Department of State to Invoke New Education Requirements

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - On October 23, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed into law a New York State Association of Realtors (NYSAR) supported-amendment to the Real Property Law. The amendment eliminates the exemption from continuing education for those licensees who are "grandfathered" under the current law.


The Tenant Protection Act And Fair Housing On Long Island Revisited

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - An outstanding issue is whether a real estate broker representing the landlord could charge a commission to the tenant.


Brokers In An Uproar Over Guidelines Issued By The New York Department Of State Regarding New Rent Laws

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - Among the guidelines of greatest concern to the real estate brokers is the one that poses the question: "Can a landlord's agent collect a 'broker's fee' from the prospective tenant?"


"Newsday" Exposes Fair Housing Violations By Realtors On Long Island

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - Twelve real estate brokerage firms were tested. According to Newsday, the firms selected represented more than half of the homes sold on Long Island during 2017.


The Buyer Agency Agreement: What Is It And Why Should It Be In Writing?

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - A common misconception is that the buyer who goes to contract with the seller and subsequently backs out of the deal without legal excuse is not required to pay the broker the agreed upon commission.


The Listing Agreement: What Is It And Why Should It Be In Writing?

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - A word of advice: A Listing Agreement is a legally binding contract and should be entered into only with the advice of counsel.


Some Fallout Among Landlords And Real Estate Practitioners Over The New Rent Law

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - The issue of greatest concern to landlords and real estate practitioners on the East End of Long Island has to do with the issue of Security Deposits for short-term or seasonal rentals.


The Town Of Southold Plans For Affordable Housing

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - "As I see it, one frustration was the result of a lack of options because of infrastructure (sewers, etc.) and a lack of affordable grant opportunities from federal or state sources," Town Supervisor Scott Russell said.


Real Estate Brokers' Fiduciary Responsibilities To Clients Include Confidentiality - What Does That Mean?

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - I think the best way to approach this topic is anecdotally rather than theoretically.


When Selling A Property, What's The Difference Between An Offer And An Accepted Offer, And What's The Broker's Responsibility To Cooperate?

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - Buyers and Sellers have certain misconceptions when selling and buying a home.


"You Can't Fight City Hall!" You Can Try, But You May Not Win!

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - What this article will address are issues of land use, specifically in the Hamptons.


The 2019 New York State Rental Law And How It Affects Landlords And Tenants

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - While a significant portion of the new laws affect only municipalities that have adopted rent regulation laws - the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau, Westchester, and Rockland Counties - all municipalities, including Suffolk County, are affected by significant changes.


Three Changes In New York State Laws That May Affect Real Estate Consumers And Professionals In Our Own Backyard!

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - A change in the New York State "Mansion Tax" is among new laws that could impact the area.


How Do Courts Determine If the Broker Has Earned a Commission? The Answer Is in The Details

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - To illustrate the point, let's contrast the findings in two court actions, both involving celebrities. The first, Sotheby's v. Donald Deutsch, a television celebrity and Elliman v. Firefly, involving celebrity entertainer, Taylor Swift.


What Should A Real Estate Broker Disclose About A Property?

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - At the risk of appearing facetious, I would recommend that it is a good practice to get the taxes right no matter who you are representing.


A Farewell And Thank You!

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - Today's real estate professional must be knowledgeable about contract law, environmental issues, building codes, zoning, market conditions, financing, construction, land use - to name a few.


What Aspiring Real Estate Agents Should Consider Before Entering Into A Career In Real Estate

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - Your biggest investment will be your time. Spend it to its maximum benefit.


A Look At The Hamptons Real Estate Market And How It Impacts The Community's Needs

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - "The market is very slow, but I see this as a good opportunity for buyers to take advantage of the excess inventory resulting in price reductions," said Laura Miele Wynne.


What's New With Airbnb?

by John A. Viteritti
Land and Law - The Towns of East Hampton, Southampton, and Southold have alleged that short-term rentals have deprived them of taxes essential to serve the community, create unfair competition with regulated motels and hotels doing business in these areas, violates local zoning laws as well as the health and safety of those who occupy these illegal rentals.


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