Year: 2020

Coronavirus: Additional Consideration for Protecting Community Associations and Continuing to Operate

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03/27/2020Casey, Deborah M.

Since our last posting, the impact of coronavirus on community associations has become real.  Health and safety are paramount.  While Association-related matters may seem trivial compared to a worldwide health crisis and corresponding job losses, basic business and operations must continue, albeit with new considerations.  This supplements the prior article.   Membership Meetings: Use of… Read more »

COVID-19, Leasing, and Force Majeure Clauses

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03/26/2020O'Dea, T. Duggan

To date, COVID-19 has led to the forced closures of many businesses and commercial spaces worldwide, both temporarily and permanently. While some can adapt and continue to work in safe numbers or controlled environments, others have been left with no alternatives, resulting in unemployed and unproductive workers and workspaces. So, what does this mean for… Read more »

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will grant mortgage forbearance for Borrowers who suspend evictions for renters in multifamily properties with loans backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac

03/26/2020King, Ray W.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will offer multifamily property owners mortgage forbearance with the condition that they suspend all evictions for renters unable to pay rent due to the impact of coronavirus (“COVID-19”). The eviction suspensions are in place for the entire duration of time that a property… Read more »

Answers To Some Pressing Basic Commercial Issues Arising From COVID-19


03/24/2020McGann, Bryant C.

The legal landscape relating to the extraordinary measures taken in connection with COVID-19 is constantly changing. We will attempt to keep this page updated, but you should consult your attorney and tax advisor for the latest information. General: There are thousands, and perhaps millions of small businesses in your same situation. We expect there to… Read more »

Navy Issues Guidance Regarding Barriers to Contractors’ Performance

03/24/2020Mazzeo, Anthony J.

The Department of the Navy leadership has noted the need to eliminate barriers impacting the performance of government contractors comprising the Defense Industrial Base. In a memo issued on 20 March 2020 (available here) the Navy’s Acquisition Chief, “Hondo” Geurts, directed the Navy’s System Commands (including NAVFAC, NAVSEA, NAVAIR, and MSC, among others) to implement… Read more »

Construction and Government Contractors are Critical Infrastructure – Government Guidance to Contractors

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03/24/2020Mazzeo, Anthony J.

As we all continue to deal with the rapidly evolving Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, government contractors should be aware of policy guidance issued by government and DoD leadership that may impact them. On 19 March 2020, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director issued guidance announcing CISA’s initial advisory list of “Essential… Read more »

Business Financial Assistance during COVID-19 Crisis

03/24/2020King, Ray W.

On a daily basis it is becoming more evident that businesses will be significantly affected by the Coronavirus (“COVID-19”). Businesses now have a growing number of resources and programs that can ease some of the financial burden. Below is a list of federal, state and lender-specific programs that may be available to your business. SBA… Read more »

Construction Project Team Considerations Regarding COVID-19

03/19/2020Lowenstein, Neil S.

Construction project impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic are far-reaching and continuing to evolve. While every project must be considered individually, below are some issues for construction project team consideration.   -Performance impact issues vary depending on the nature of the project. Moreover, public bodies, at all levels, are developing guidance that need careful monitoring and,… Read more »

Virginia DPOR Offices Closing But Taking Administrative Actions to Minimize COVID-Related Impacts.

03/18/2020Lowenstein, Neil S.

As COVID-19 continues to impact businesses, it is also impacting licensing, certification, and other credential requirements for contractors. Effective March 18, 2020, DPOR has announced that its offices at the Perimeter Center will be closed to the public, but that to minimize impact DPOR is extending the validity of licenses, certifications, and other credentials issued… Read more »