THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON BUSINESS AND REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

By: Mark A. Severson Board Certified Real Estate Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association The devastating blow of the COVID-19 Virus has been felt by many in virtually all aspects of life, from Wall Street to Main Street.  Business has been essentially frozen as we all anxiously await positive developments.  The events of COVID-19 have certainly affected one’s ability to perform under previously agreed upon contracts. As we navigate this novel pandemic, we may

VARIANCES: Obtaining Permission to Vary from a Zoning Ordinance

Local governmental units, including but not limited to municipalities, townships, or counties, (referred to hereafter as “LGU”) enact zoning ordinances as a way to regulate real estate development. On a very basic level, most would agree that zoning ordinances are for the mutual benefit of the LGU and its residents. It is a means to obtain order and ensure zones of commonality. For instance, a zoning ordinance sets up a residential zone with a certain