Author Archives: Jeff A. Margolis

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About Jeff A. Margolis

Jeff Margolis is an Immigration and Real Estate Attorney in New York, NY.
EMAIL: jeff@margolislawfirm.com
BIO: About Jeff
PHONE: 212-490-0900

The Dirt Dictionary: ‘T’ is for Tenant Improvement Allowance
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Yes, you know this, but this column is a dictionary (of sorts), so let’s define a TIA—tenant improvement allowance—as the amount of money a landlord will give toward preparing a space for occupancy and delve into it.

Typically, a TIA is stated either as a per-square-foot amount or a fixed sum. Any overage is borne by the tenant. The rationale for giving the TIA is to attract quality tenants (especially useful in a soft market). This is also used to finance the overhaul of outdated spaces. The amount is totally negotiable, so tenants are well advised to rely on their savvy local brokers to guide them.

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Revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification
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Revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification | Jeff Margolis

By Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016 . Until then, they can continue to use the version dated 03/08/2013  or the new version.  Overview Among the changes in the new version, Section 1 asks for “other last names used” rather than “other names used,” and streamlines certification for certain foreign nationals.

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Recent Executive Orders – Report to Clients: Be Prepared
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Recent Executive Orders – Report to Clients: Be Prepared by Jeff Margolis

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed the Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The following is an explanation of the executive order and how it may affect you, your employees, or your family. This report attempts to explain who is affected by the ban, the effects on travelling outside the US based on advance parole, and the steps you can take to secure your status in the United States.

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The Dirt Dictionary: ‘F’ is for Food Halls (Please Don’t Call It a Food Court!)
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Going out for a casual lunch ain’t what it used to be…and that’s good. This is in large part due to the superheated growth of the food hall concept with its diverse offerings and a side of millennial communal interaction. A simple definition in today’s day and age would be: a commercial space with communal seating populated by a variety of curated, high-quality local food purveyors.

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