By Randall A. Pentiuk, Esq. Every day in America, we are used to making purchases and paying sales tax on paper products, prepared foods, vehicles, and now digital downloads.  However, we have never paid sales taxes on the sale of our homes.  It was the one investment that remained untouched by the sales tax, instead […]

 Building Bridges for the Future We all know what bridges are and we have all seen bridges in various forms, sizes, long short and medium length that span across bodies of water. Connecting one area with another. We also know that a bridge has to be Substantial, by that I mean, it must be constructed […]

By Randall A. Pentiuk, Esq. U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced recently new regulations intended to ensure that HUD’s core housing programs are open to all eligible persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  Donovan previewed the announcement at the 24th National Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equality. […]

CDC Recommends Turning Up the Heat Rich Wasvary For years, the hospitality industry has been fighting a chemical war against bed bugs. Now, with the growing menace of pesticide-resistant bed bugs and increasing documentation of human injury from harsh chemicals, the question to consider is, “Are we using the right tactics?” Is a chemical war […]

Lisa Iannucci It’s not necessarily to the degree of the Hatfields vs. the McCoys, the famous mountain clan involved in a decades-long blood feud, but living side-by-side in a co-op or a condo can, needless to say, get pretty heated on occasion. Can’t We All Just Get Along?  While most cooperative and condominiums will, at […]

Rosie Powers No one likes it when a neighbor has an ongoing renovation project that lasts for months on end, especially when the renovations may cause damage to your own apartment. Luckily, most buildings have a mechanism in place to fix this: the alteration agreement. Starting the Process When shareholders approach the prospect of a […]

By Randall A. Pentiuk, Esq. HUD Update, March 13, 2012 HUD Funding: The Congressional “Super Committee” was tasked with coming up with $1.5 trillion in debt savings over a ten year period.  Their failure to do so, has forced agencies, such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)  to implement mandatory budget cuts […]