Real estate transactions, land development and land use issues have been a vital part of the growth of the Ventura County business community. Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP has played a major role in this area and the Real Estate and Land Use Law Group offers a vast array of services to our corporate and individual clients.
The group's services range from representing our client’s interests in working with city and county officials on zoning issues to handling complex sale, lease and financing transactions to defending owners in condemnation lawsuits, boundary disputes, and all issues involving real property rights. The group's attorneys advise real estate professionals such as developers, merchant builders, brokers, title insurers, escrow officers and property managers.
Because of the complexities of governmental regulation of real property matters, the volume of information involved and attention to detail required in real estate transactions and the cost and risk of litigation, advice and guidance from experienced and knowledgeable real estate attorneys at the outset of any proposed transaction or development is critical. Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP's Real Estate and Land Use Law Group provides these services efficiently and economically.
The attorneys of the Real Estate and Land Use Law Group have negotiated, prepared and enforced leases of all types. In keeping with the area's commercial growth, the firm advises clients on a vast array of office and industrial leases, as well as large-scale ground leases and shopping center leases. Grounded in Ventura County's historic commitment to agriculture, the attorneys in the firm have long-time expertise in agricultural leases.
The attorneys of Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP have represented clients on a variety of private water rights issues. The firm has advised and counseled mutual water companies as well as individuals and members of the agricultural community on a wide range of topics, such as ownership and transfer of rights, allocation and approval issues, shared water well agreements and easement concerns.
Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP's attorneys work closely with developers, investors and lenders in negotiating and preparing the documentation on all types of financing. These include acquisition and construction loans and permanent financing and mezzanine loans, as well as all other types of real property financing arrangements.
Concurrent and delayed property exchanges can result in significant tax savings. The attorneys in the Real Estate and Land Use Law Group work closely with those in the Tax Law Group to ensure the most advantageous form of sale or exchange.
Subdivisions. Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP's Real Estate and Land Use Law Group has historically worked closely with local government agencies in all phases of subdivision approval. This includes small scale and large scale residential and commercial development in all areas of Ventura County.
Zoning and Land Use Permits. The firm's diverse clientele requires numerous types of special zoning and permitting from regional, state and local government agencies. The attorneys' well-established working relationships with these agencies have helped produce timely and effective results for our clients.
General Plan Amendments. The firm has been extremely successful in working with local governments to obtain general plan amendments advantageous to its developer clients and to obtain specific plans to implement general plan policies.
Environmental Documents Including Environmental Impact Reports, Mitigated Negative Declaration, and Categorical Exemptions. Many of the projects contemplated by Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP's clients require preparation and presentation of environmental documents. The firm's attorneys have for many years successfully guided its clients through a maze of requirements associated with such documents and the mitigation monitoring and reporting process. Since all real estate transactions require environmental analysis before a sale or loan can be closed or development commenced, the Real Estate and Land Use Law Group works closely with the firm's environmental attorneys on such matters.
Development Agreements. The firm's land use attorneys have negotiated numerous development agreements with various cities to obtain assurance for its clients with complex development projects that regulations governing their projects will not change during the course of development. They have successfully upheld these agreements against moratoria based on changes in land use policies as well as lack of infrastructure capacity.
Redevelopment Projects. Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP’s Real Estate and Land Use Law Group Attorneys have represented clients regarding Redevelopment Law issues for more than four decades. They have advised and counseled regarding the formation and amendment of redevelopment projects and plans and have negotiated and prepared owner participation agreements, disposition and development agreements and the other documentation required for development in a redevelopment project area.
Local and Regional Agencies. Attorneys at Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP appear before virtually every regional, county and city agency that affects real estate in the Southern California area. These include the boards of supervisors, city councils, planning commissions and various development review committees of the Counties of Ventura, Los Angeles ,Santa Barbara and other counties.. They also include the city councils and planning commissions of all cities in Ventura County, as well as neighboring counties and the Local Agency Formation Commissions of several counties. Services include public presentation, code interpretation and negotiation of the application of local regulations.
State Agencies. The attorneys of the Real Estate Law Group have worked closely with staff members of the California Coastal Commission in successfully entitling coastal development projects. They have represented clients in proceedings before the state and regional water quality control boards, air quality management districts and similar agencies whose regulations might affect those clients' land use projects.
Real Estate Brokers and Agents. The firm has represented some of the nation's largest commercial and residential real estate brokerage companies in all phases of their operations. This includes advice on particular transactions and seminars designed to prevent disputes. The firm's Litigation Group has successfully represented real estate brokers and agents in proceedings involving the California Department of Real Estate, commission disputes and errors and omissions lawsuits and arbitrations.
Title Insurers. Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP works with California's largest title insurance companies regarding coverage and title issues and litigation.
Escrows. The firm often advises and represents escrow companies in disputes over deposited funds and interpretation of escrow instructions and other matters related to residential and commercial real estate transactions.
Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP's clients' landlord/tenant issues, frequently involving unlawful detainer actions, require quick action in strict compliance with the law. The firm's attorneys are highly experienced in all phases of commercial and residential unlawful detainer proceedings, which require specialized knowledge of the numerous rules governing such actions.
The firm also advises shopping centers and other commercial clients (landlords and tenants) on matters involving common area maintenance responsibilities, tenant improvements, impound accounting and disbursement issues and subletting, assignment and lease amendment issues.
Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP's attorneys are expert at efficient and timely foreclosure actions. Foreclosures often involve difficult work-out situations necessary to protect real property assets. The Real Estate and Land Use Law Group works closely with the firm's Commercial and Banking Law Group and the Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Law Group to ensure the most effective representation of those clients involved in foreclosure proceedings as a lender, borrower or buyer.
Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP has a long history of successful representation of clients in both negotiation and litigation in all types of condemnation proceedings. The firm's attorneys are experienced with inverse condemnation actions involving the physical taking or damaging of property as well as those based upon regulatory takings. In all such cases, the attorneys have worked successfully to maximize the clients' recovery.
The Real Estate Law Group works closely with the Litigation Group in representing clients in lawsuits involving such specialized claims as mechanics' liens, adverse possession, easements, specific performance and title disputes. The firm is one of a few in the County representing real property and business owners in defending disability access suits and development of barrier removal plans.
The attorneys in the Real Estate Law Group have formed joint ventures, limited partnerships and limited liability companies in many complex forms to facilitate the acquisition, development and ownership of all sorts of real estate, such as shopping centers, industrial parks, subdivisions and self-storage facilities.