The landlord-tenant relationship is a complex one which is often the subject of disputes and litigation. When such problems arise, an assessment of the rights and obligations of the parties – and, ultimately, the solutions to these problems -- must take into consideration the requirements established through the governing lease, all applicable landlord-tenant statutes and controlling case law. Further complicating this area of the law is the fact that there are frequent legislative changes that must be monitored that affect the right of the parties, content of leases, available remedies/defenses, and court/eviction processes.
In 2019, the Virginia General Assembly repealed and re-codified both the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act and the Landlord and Tenant Act -- renaming that chapter “Nonresidential Tenancies.” Numerous changes to these statutes were also made – all of which go into effect October 1, 2019.
John Ivins, a partner with the law firm of Hirschler Fleischer who has practiced in this area for more than 20 years, will explore the complexities of handling cases in this area, addressing not only the general legal requirements and approaches for solving landlord-tenant disputes, but addressing the various statutory changes which are effective October 1, 2019.
John’s commercial litigation practice focuses primarily on healthcare and real estate with extensive experience in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings and mediations/arbitrations. John’s practice also includes serving as a hearing officer and mediator and as an adjunct professor of law. Prior to joining the firm, John served as a staff judicial law clerk for the Supreme Court of Virginia.
John routinely represents hospitals and health systems, advising various committees, hospital staff and MECs/governing boards on:
John’s Fair Hearing experience includes serving as counsel to various hospitals and their MECs, serving as counsel to the Fair Hearing Panel and serving as a Hearing Officer. John is also on the American Health Lawyers Association panel of neutrals as both a mediator and hearing officer.
In addition to hospitals and health systems, John represents medical practices, physicians and other healthcare professionals on a wide variety of matters, including physician office operations, HIPAA compliance, contracts and contract/employment disputes.
He also represents physicians and other healthcare professionals in licensure and related administrative proceedings before various regulatory Boards.
John also represents manufacturers in the healthcare field in various types of product liability litigation.
John’s real estate practice focuses upon a variety of leasing and related matters, representing regional and national shopping center/mall owners/developers, hospitals and health systems, long-term care facilities and national owners/developers of multi-family housing. With his extensive knowledge of the laws pertaining to landlord-tenant relationships, Stark and Anti-Kickback, creditor rights and bankruptcy, John is called upon to handle a variety of litigation matters and to assist in the development of non-litigation dispute resolution strategies.
Healthcare Litigation/Regulatory Matters
Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant Matters