October 2014

2015 Real Estate Tax Abatement Process

With November almost upon us, now is an ideal time for property owners to review their real estate tax assessments to determine if a tax abatement or appeal is warranted. Hinckley Allen has successfully handled numerous tax abatements and tax appeals in Co…

August 2014

Clarifying Option-To-Purchase Forfeiture Standards

Commercial leases often contain provisions that provide the tenant with an option to purchase the leased property upon the satisfaction of certain conditions. The issue of what constitutes the forfeiture of a tenant’s right to exercise an option to purch…

July 2014

Connecticut’s Supreme Court Clarifies Applicable Forfeiture Standards When Tenant Exercises Option to Purchase Leased Property

Commercial leases often contain provisions that provide the tenant with an option to purchase the leased property upon the satisfaction of certain conditions. The issue of what constitutes the forfeiture of a tenant’s right to exercise an option to purch…

Tax Increment Financing in New England

As we all know, the easy sites in New England are gone. The large, square, flat, clean, dry sites with highway access close to large, affluent population centers have been developed. However, there are still plenty of great development (and redevelopment) …

February 2014

Recognizing the Difference between a Lease and a License in Connecticut

Although the terms are often used interchangeably, a lease and a license are distinctly different under Connecticut law. In its simplest form, a lease is a contract that conveys an exclusive possessory leasehold interest in property; whereas, a license is …

Franchisor Issues in a Lease to a Franchisee: How to Avoid Allowing the Franchisor to Crash the Party

This article will address issues which arise in the context of a lease by a landlord to a franchisee and the issues raised by a franchisor in a proposed addendum to the lease. The franchisor has legitimate interests it desires to protect. A well-structured…