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Crook & Taylor Law PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney D. Scott Crook has been recognized in the 2020 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America for his work in Labor and Employment Litigation. This marks the eighth year that he has been recognized by his peers for inclusion in the publication. Lawyers are included in the Best Lawyers in America only after an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. A synopsis of the Best Lawyers selection methodology is found here.
Crook & Taylor Law attorneys have also been recognized this year by other leading peer-recognition listings:
2019 Rocky Mountain SuperLawyers
D. Scott Crook - SuperLawyer
Jeremiah R. Taylor - SuperLawyer Rising Star
2019 Utah Business Magazine's Utah Legal Elite
D. Scott Crook - Employment and Labor
These honors continue a long tradition of peer recognition, as Crook & Taylor Law attorneys have been recognized by at least one of these organizations since 2005.
Quick Tip Articles
Diversity in the workplace has become a focus for many employers, and for good reason—companies benefit from having a variety of experiences, backgrounds, and viewpoints to draw from. But when people talk about “diverse” employees, they are usually referring to employees whose race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, ability, gender identity, and/or sexual orientation are different from the employees traditionally found in the company. This means that with a focus on diversity comes potential problems relating to discrimination. How can you find a balance between diversifying your workplace without violating Title VII or the Utah Antidiscrimination Act (UADA)?
As a general rule, if a person owns land, that person has the right to develop it, adapt it, or otherwise use it for some beneficial purpose. In the commercial context, the beneficial purpose is usually to make money. But, as we know, the ways in which landowners can use their properties are regulated by zoning and land use laws. These laws are usually interpreted and enforced by local government entities, typically cities and counties (the “local government”). Sometimes, before developing or using a property in a certain way, the landowner must seek permission from the local government. And, sometimes the local government notifies the landowner that the law does not allow the proposed use and denies permission. When the landowner disagrees with the local government’s interpretation of the law, a dispute arises. Sometimes the local government approves of a landowner’s development or use, but other citizens disagree with the approval. This scenario also creates a dispute. This article will briefly address options in attempting to resolve disputes involving land use code violations.
An owner of commercial real estate is usually concerned with at least five types of expenses: (1) property taxes; (2) property insurance; (3) CAM expenses (the cost of common area maintenance, e.g. parking lots, sidewalks, and landscaping); (4) utilities; and (5) janitorial services.
Sometimes commercial landlords and tenants are so eager to sign a written lease agreement that they neglect to include all of the essential terms that will govern the relationship. When this happens, it is likely that the parties do not even have an enforceable contract.
We need the oxygen trees produce to survive, but certain trees are a nuisance, including that one that is in your neighbor’s yard. Yes, you know the one. Here are some quick tips to help you understand how Utah law deals with tree disputes.
Almost all commercial leases have a provision that in some form or another prohibits the tenant from subleasing to a third party without the landlord’s prior written consent. But what would happen if the tenant ignored that provision, subleased the property without the landlord’s knowledge, and made money off of the sublease? Would the landlord be entitled to collect that money from the tenant?
Fact scenario: A commercial tenant breaches the lease. There are three years left on the term of the lease. The commercial landlord is therefore damaged in the amount of monthly rent for the 36 months left on the lease. But, the landlord may not be able to hold the tenant liable for all 36 months of rent. The landlord must take reasonable steps to find a new tenant and thereby reduce or “mitigate" the damages.
John Doe is an aspiring entrepreneur and wants to lease a building for his brilliant restaurant idea. John Doe sets up ABC Restaurant, Inc. ABC Restaurant, Inc. and the landlord enter a five-year lease. The landlord incurs $30,000 in tenant improvement expenses.
No. A landlord cannot lawfully evict a tenant by taking matters into his or her own hands, changing the locks, removing the tenant's property, etc. All evictions must go through the court. Only after a court issues an order allowing the landlord to change locks and remove property can these things be done.
The security deposit is one of the most hotly disputed issues in landlord tenant relationships. Here are some things you should know as a residential Utah landlord to help protect you when these disputes arise.
If a tenant is not paying rent, both commercial and residential landlords can take the tenant's possessions which the tenant keeps at the rented premises as long as the possessions are not exempt from being taken.
Many leases are long, have huge paragraphs, tiny font, and use a lot of legalese. Like Muffy from Arthur said, "It's exactly what we talked about, just written in a way no one can understand."
To avoid disagreements, it is best to pick a set time that both parties are willing to honor. 24 hours is probably a good rule that will allow the landlord to schedule unplanned visits but also allow the tenant to prepare for the visit.
How does a landlord evict a residential tenant? Here is how the process works in a nutshell. Note that this is for a tenant renting a place to live (residential tenant), not a tenant renting a place to operate a business (commercial tenant). A contested eviction can usually be accomplished in three steps.