Legal Issues in Real Estate Development: Shared Office Spaces, Home Manufacturing, Short-Term Rentals, AirBnB’s, and more


CLE credits earned: 3 GENERAL (or 3 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

This program will look at the evolution of new trends in real estate development from a legal prospective. The creative genius of the developer meets the protectionist characteristics of municipal governments. From tiny houses to boathouses, from shared office space to in home manufacturing there are trends that are causing new legal discussions as to the role of zoning and private covenants and restrictions. Of particular significance is the abandonment of Planned Unit Development ordinances in favor of more structured rules. The program will also look at the evolution of the rules concerning short-term rentals, AirBnB’s, party houses, business retreats in the suburbs, conservation easements, commercial free zones and hobby farms. Examples of many of these trends and how they are handled will be presented in a section on dealing with the community and the government.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   The Role of Zoning and its Impact of Current Trends
•   Short Term Rentals
•   The Government and the Developer – What is the Role of the Lawyer
•   Unique Situations

Date / Time: October 22, 2019

•   2:00 pm – 5:15 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 4:15 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 3:15 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 2:15 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: October 22, 2019

Steven R. Sorenson, Esq. is a shareholder in the law firm von Briesen & Roper, s.c. which is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with offices in New York, Chicago, Florida and Arizona as well as throughout Wisconsin. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Political Science from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1972 and his law degree from Marquette University in 1977. Sorenson is a former newspaper editor and radio station news editor. Sorenson has served as Secretary and President of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is a Past-President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents where he continues to serve as a Life Fellow. Sorenson has served in the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association is a Fellow of the ABA Law Foundation and past-president of the Wisconsin Law Foundation Fellows. He has served in several capacities with the Wisconsin Supreme Court Office of Lawyer Regulation and is a member of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility. He is the past president and current Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Senior Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Wisconsin. He has served as a mentor and advisor for the past twenty-eight years on the Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance working with lawyers dealing with mental disabilities. Sorenson is an adjunct professor of Political & Government as well Economics & Business at Ripon College where he is responsible for the Pre-Law Society and the Law & Society program. Sorenson is currently teaching ethics, media law, land use law, business law, and constitutional law. Sorenson is a frequent continuing legal education lecturer on Professionalism, Special Needs Trusts, Real Estate Law and Ethics. He also lecturers in training programs for surveyors, developers, and land use planners.

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Section I. The Role of Zoning and its Impact of Current Trends
a) Defining municipal zoning and its purpose
b) Understanding the difference between area and use zoning
c) Defining words as the core of legal battles

Section II. Short Term Rentals
a) What is a short term rental
b) What problems do they pose
c) What can be done to control their expansion or at least manage it

Section III. The Government and the Developer – What is the Role of the Lawyer
a) Learning the rules and the players
b) Educating the client and the government
c) Making the presentation
d) Finding the solution within the rules
e) Changing the rules

Section IV. Unique Situations
a) The residence or business that is mobile – where can it go and what is permissible
b) Urban farming
c) Subdivisions of tiny houses
d) Multipurpose commercial buildings
e) Industrial agriculture, mining, fracking