Mark Fischer's Legal Insights

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PA Municipalities worried about the Airbnb trend can rest easier

In a recent decision, the PA Supreme Court reversed the Commonwealth Court’s ruling and in doing so, state that Airbnb-type rentals are against residential zoning laws. Back in March 2018, I wrote about the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to review a case involving a now-prevalent issue confronted by municipalities across the country…the influx of Airbnb’s […]

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Small business owners: Beware these recent developments in PA law!

For small business owners, the growth of a startup business can cause you to overlook the legal minutiae that come along the way.  It is not unusual to see small businesses that started out using form contracts or invoices that may have done the trick at the time, but ten or more years later they […]

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How can municipalities control the AirBnB trend within their neighborhoods?

The online marketplace for short term lodging is proliferating well beyond Jersey Shore and Poconos rentals.  AirBnB’s are becoming a popular trend in suburban Philadelphia and in some townships, an unwanted land use.  Since this trend started, the municipal and zoning lawyer in me has wondered how this seemingly unregulated ability to rent out your […]

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What the heck is a Confession of Judgment?

A Confession of Judgement is one of those terms you may have heard of if you have ever obtained a business loan or signed a commercial lease. Even if you have heard that phrase, chances are you have no idea what it means. And chances are you signed those loan or lease documents anyway.  This […]

Is a Homebuilder Liable for Hidden Defects? PA Supreme Court to Decide

By Mark R. Fischer, Esq. May 20, 2014 No one really knows what surprises lie ahead after purchasing a home.  That’s because many of the potential problems with a home cannot be seen by the purchaser, even with a reasonable inspection.  Also, even though problems may exist from the time the home is built, they […]