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New Stormwater Fees in Maryland

During the 2012 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 987, a bill which mandated that the ten separate EPA-licensed storm sewer system (“MS4”) jurisdictions in Maryland (Baltimore City and nine counties- Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince Georges Counties) create dedicated local Watershed Protection and Restoration Funds, funded by stormwater remediation fees to generate the revenue necessary to comply with each jurisdiction’s permit requirements. HB 987 required that the programs be adopted and implemented by July 1, 2013.

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2013 Maryland IDOT Legislation Expands Exemption Amount Applied For Recordation Tax

As a result of recent Maryland legislation, commercial property owners currently considering the financing or refinancing of their real estate may achieve significant recordation tax savings when using so-called “indemnity deeds of trust” (known as “IDOTs”). Last year, the General Assembly adopted legislation imposing a recordation tax upon IDOTs securing loans of $1 million or more. This year, Senate Bill 436 significantly amended the IDOT tax legislation, including expanding the exemption amount of $1 million so that tax savings can now be achieved for loan transactions up to $3 million.

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Changing Nature of Maryland Indemnity Deeds of Trust (IDOTS)

For decades, commercial real estate lenders and their developer customers have used a particular financing technique to minimize payment of Maryland's steep recordation tax on mortgages. As of July 1, 2012, however, new legislation imposes the recordation tax on any indemnity mortgage or indemnity deed of trust (commonly called an “IDOT”) which secures debt of $1 million or more.

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Tips For Negotiating a Rooftop Antenna Lease

One of the by-products of the telecommunications revolution has been the additional value which landlords have found in their rooftops. A mix of technological advances and telecommunications marketplace changes has led to an explosive growth in the demand for a range of high speed communications services. The providers of these services have, in turn, created a demand for antenna space on building rooftops to send and receive signals for cellular phones, pagers and other voice, data and video communications. In addition, tenants are demanding building infrastructures which allow for access to such service providers.

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Past Articles

Regulation Best Interest: Higher Standards for Broker-Dealers, Strengthened Protections for Investor

On June 5, 2019, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved a new regulation…

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When “Going Green” Isn’t Attractive – MD Court of Special Appeals Determines HOA Architectural Commi

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals provides helpful guidelines to homeowners and HOAs in addressing…

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Regulation Best Interest: Higher Standards for Broker-Dealers, Strengthened Protections for Clients

In June, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted a new regulation, Regulation…

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The Requirements and Impact of the Insurance Data Security Model Law

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners recommended that states pass the Insurance Data…

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SEC Imposes New Requirements for Brokers and Advisers in Adoption of Regulation Best Interest

On June 5, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Regulation Best Interest,…

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