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Providing Legal Experience for Multi-Family Clients

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's Multi-Family Practice represents clients involved in building housing developments of all types. We represent national, regional, and small builders in development projects throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland, ranging from hundreds of units to ten or fewer homes, including:

  • Apartments
  • Condominiums
  • Townhouses
  • Single-family homes
  • Retirement communities
  • Assisted-living communities

Jumping Hurdles: Assistance at Key Phases of a Project

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's Multi-Family Practice attorneys have experience in assembling parcels of land into viable tracts, and we offer valuable counsel and research at the due diligence stage. We help clients take projects through the various phases of development, including:

  • Land acquisition
  • Zoning
  • Approvals and permitting
  • Construction
  • Homeowner association documentation
  • Sales
  • Ongoing management

Depending on governmental requirements, geography, and the characteristics of each development, we create customized homeowners’ associations to clearly assign ongoing responsibility for maintenance as well as environmentally sensitive matters, such as storm runoff, conservation areas, and sewer service. Experience is especially relevant for delivery of these services, as environmental and consumer-oriented regulatory compliance issues grow in complexity.

Meeting Multiple Needs: Geographic Reach and Legal Disciplines

When our clients' business crosses county and state lines, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's attorneys provide seamless service paired with legal knowledge particular to each locale, including New Jersey, one of the country’s most challenging environments for zoning and land use issues. Our presence throughout the mid-Atlantic region and our thorough understanding of the relevant legal issues and statutory requirements means that clients can rely on one legal relationship to complete projects and address an array of legal concerns with the client's particular needs in mind. Through consultation across departments, we can also provide assistance with issues such as tax, environmental, bankruptcy, and other areas of law related to real estate.

Active Involvement: Gaining Insight

Active involvement in their respective communities gives the attorneys in Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's Multi-Family Practice an "insider's" perspective on residential development trends. Our attorneys also serve as members of several industry organizations, including the boards of the Chester and Delaware Counties Homebuilders Association; Pennsylvania Homebuilders Association task forces; the Chester County Planning Commission; Delaware Association of Homebuilders; the Committee of 100, a business and development organization; Chambers of Commerce; community zoning boards; township supervisory bodies; and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW).

Market Trends: Legal Agreements

In recent years, regional and local builders have increasingly formed joint ventures in order to compete effectively with large, national builders. Similarly, many projects begin when several builders and landowners join neighboring tracts of land, which often lack the infrastructure necessary for development. Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's Multi-Family Practice attorneys provide legal assistance in these complex relationships, including careful documentation that protects each party’s rights and clearly assigns responsibilities.

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