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April 5, 2017

Larkin Hoffman Launches ‘Minnesota Property Tax Review’ Blog

Larkin Hoffman’s property tax appeals practice launched its Minnesota Property Tax Review blog this spring. Tim Rye will be the blog’s primary contributor and will focus on Minnesota property taxes through discussion of legal and valuation issues, Minnesota tax court holdings and commercial real estate market activity in and around the Twin Cities.

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Individuals, Businesses Must be Justly Compensated When Property is Taken for Public Projects


by Gary Van Cleve

When the government takes private property for a public project, both the United States and the Minnesota Constitutions require that just compensation be paid for the taking. Unless Minnesota law is amended, property owners losing property to Metropolitan Council (Met Council) transit projects will not receive just compensation

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Do Your Commercial Real Estate Taxes Seem Too High?


by Tim Rye


Minnesota's deadline to file an appeal for taxes payable in 2017 is April 30, 2017, which means it's time for commercial property owners, tenants, managers, etc., to decide if a tax appeal is appropriate. Here are a few frequently asked questions.

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News and Notes

David Hammargren and Inga Schuchard secured a judgment of more than $161,000 for their clients, homeowners who contracted for construction of a new home in Brainerd. The homeowners succeeded on their claims against their original construction contractor after finding that the framing, concrete and other work at the partially constructed home were below industry standard and not in compliance with the Minnesota building code. The court also dismissed the contractor’s mechanic’s lien for more than $110,000 as intentionally overstated and invalid.

Jim Sander presented a seminar entitled "Preserving Payment Rights through Better Contracts" March 14, 2017. The presentation, given as part of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities' Contractor University, focused on how contracts allocate risks to contractors and how to recognize and manage those risks in construction contracts.

David Hammargren moderated a panel discussion on the local construction economy for members of the Construction Management Association of America’s Minnesota Chapter on Feb. 9, 2017.

On March 7, 2017, Rob Stefonowicz and Bryan Huntington presented at Contractor University, hosted and organized by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities. Rob and Bryan presented the topic “When is a Development Fee Legit.”  This course analyzed statutory and constitutional restrictions on municipal and county authority to impose exactions on new development.

On Feb. 16, 2017 David Hammargren presented a one-hour program on managing risk with surety bonds and subcontractor default insurance. The presentation was given at the Associated Builders and Contractors Safety and Construction Conference in St. Cloud, Minn.

David Hammargren taught a two-hour class on Feb. 17, 2017 on litigation, arbitration and mechanics’ liens. The class was offered in conjunction with Rochester Area Builders.


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