Montgomery County, PA Residential Construction Attorneys

Serving Pennsylvania & New Jersey
New Construction – Residential

Building a new home can be an exciting experience. It often marks the start of a new chapter for an individual or a family. While building new construction is exciting, it can be more complex than a real estate purchase of an already existing structure. As a result, buyers must be diligent during the process since many legal issues can arise, many of which may seem foreign to a person without real estate experience. Retaining an attorney to offer guidance and support throughout the process can help a buyer feel at ease and reduce the angst of their new endeavor. The residential custody attorneys on the real estate team at Friedman Schuman have over four decades of experience providing clients with the legal representation they need every step of the way.

Our legal services

Building a new home has a number of legal aspects that should be taken into consideration. Some factors that may require legal assistance from a skilled and experienced real estate attorney include:

  • Land use & zoning: When purchasing new land, it is important to make sure the property has been zoned for residential use by the municipality. Some municipalities require meetings with the town’s zoning board to obtain all of the proper permits and other necessities before construction can start.
  • Municipal code: When building a new home, it is important that all aspects of construction are up to the municipality’s code. This will be determined in a series of inspections conducted throughout the building process. If something fails inspection, it may be deemed a violation of local code and must be fixed. If the violation is a “substantial violation,” the property may be deemed unfit for human habitation. Typically, violations must be repaired within 12 months.
  • Easements: If one large property is split in two, and the properties somehow overlap, the property owner may request an easement that can allow them to cross onto the neighboring property to get to and from their home.
  • Consumer protection against contractors: Contractors are heavily relied upon during the construction process. Most are required to meet deadlines and all provisions of the contract, as well as those that may be set by the town or city. If the contractor fails to abide by the agreed-upon contract, they may be committing consumer fraud. If a contractor does not complete the work before the end date set by a town, for example, the contractor may have to cease work and apply for new permits.

Contact an experienced Montgomery County new residential construction attorney

When so much time, energy, and money is spent on building a new home, it is crucial to ensure all of the legal provisions are handled properly. Retaining the services of a skilled real estate attorney can assist in the complex process of building a new home. If you need strong legal representation, contact the experienced real estate attorneys at Friedman Schuman to schedule a consultation today.

Our Real Estate Success Stories
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Facilitated a unique partnership between local municipalities and a private developer to improve telecommunication infrastructure construction and development process.

Successfully secured zoning and land development for an 85-unit age-restricted housing complex in Elkins Park for Federation Housing.

Represented a synagogue in a landmark federal case with claims based on violations of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA).

Represented a regional commercial developer in all aspects of the development of several large shopping center projects and a multitude of free-standing retail properties.

Represented a charitable organization in the purchase, financing, and zoning of the Elkins Estate, a venerable 42-acre landmark.

Represented a regional commercial real estate investment partnership in connection with the acquisition and financing of a portfolio of retail drug store properties.

Represented landlords in the negotiation of leases and operation and easement agreements with some of the nation’s largest “big box” retailers such as Lowes, Wal-Mart, Best-Buy, Barnes & Noble, Sports Authority and Old Navy.

$5 million settlement and a court-ordered receivership in a partnership dispute concerning a real estate development and management company.

Represented buyer in acquisition and financing of 31,000 square-foot office building

Represented seller of $15,000,000 apartment complex in Central Pennsylvania

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