Covid-19 Resource Center

Dear friends, clients, and colleagues,

We, at Nochumson P.C., wish to express our concern for your health and well-being during this difficult time. Our office remains fully operational and we are available remotely to service all your needs and concerns. We do not anticipate any business interruption and rest assured that we will continue to provide the same service you have come to know and rely on from us.

For your convenience, we have established this page to keep you up to date on a regular basis about the pressing and unique legal issues you may encounter due to the current public health crisis posed by Covid-19.

If you wish to discuss a legal matter you may have as it relates to the impact of Covid-19 on your personal and business lives, please email us and one of our attorneys will then reach out to you to schedule a free consultation.

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In an effort to support our community and local businesses, we are donating 10% of our collected fees to the PHL Covid-19 Fund until the order directing non-life-sustaining businesses to close their physical operations is lifted.  If you wish to donate directly, click here.

Latest Covid-19 Legal Alerts

City Creates Grant and Loan Programs for Small Businesses Impacted by Covid-19 and Looting

Monday, June 15, 2020

Both programs are targeted at businesses in historically disadvantaged communities to help them prepare to reopen and recover financially.

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Outdoor Dining Permitted in Philadelphia As of June 12, 2020

Friday, June 12, 2020

Restaurant and bar establishments which already have patio areas on their properties or have sidewalk café licenses are authorized to offer outdoor seating as of today, provided they follow Covid-19 safety guidelines and have current, valid restaurant licenses.

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New State Grant Program For Small Businesses in Pennsylvania Impacted by Covid-19

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Wolf announced new state grant programs totaling $225 million to assist small businesses impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant business closure order.

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Congress Enacts Amendments to the Paycheck Protection Program

Monday, June 8, 2020

The PPFA provides greater flexibility to recipients of PPP loans in several important ways.

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Governor Wolf Allows for In-Person Real Estate Activities in Pennsylvania to Occur with Restrictions

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Yesterday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that, effective immediately, all real estate professionals in Pennsylvania may conduct business-related activities, subject to safety and social distancing restrictions.

 

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SBA Releases Loan Forgiveness Application and Clarifies the Good Faith Certification Requirement under the Paycheck Protection Program

Monday, May 18, 2020

Only those expenses paid or incurred within the 8-week period after receiving the loan are eligible for forgiveness. In other words…

 

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City Government Extends Allowable Hours of Construction in Philly

Friday, May 15, 2020

On May 1, 2020, construction activities were allowed to resume in Pennsylvania, subject to strict adherence to certain safety and social distancing guidelines.

 

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The City of Philadelphia Launches COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Thursday, May 14, 2020

In our latest discussion session, Alan Nochumson and Francis Mangubat, the co-founder of Advance Philly, one of the top residential real estate brokerage teams in Philly, talked about the current state of the spring real estate market in Philadelphia.

 

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The City of Philadelphia Launches COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The City will begin accepting applications under ERAP at 10:00 a.m. today and through Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

 

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The Current State of the Spring Real Estate Market in Philly

Monday, May 11, 2020

The City of Philadelphia and the Impact Loan Fund have launched a pilot program to provide financing for small landlords to make repairs and renovations to improve apartments for affordable rentals.

 

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Stay-At-Home Order Extended and Evictions and Foreclosures in Pennsylvania Stayed Until July 10th

Friday, May 8, 2020

Yesterday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf extended the Stay-At-Home Order for most of Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia and its surrounding counties, until June 4th.

 

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New Updates on PPP Funding, Construction Development, and More

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Sherry Olin Lemonick along with Alan Nochumson and Natalie Klyashtorny discussed new updates on PPP funding, how to continue construction development when the banks…

 

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How Businesses Can Elevate Its Marketing During a Pandemic Crisis

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Alan Nochumson and Ron Bauman, Principal of Milk Street Marketing, discussed different marketing strategies that businesses could implement to stay on the mark and achieve their goals.

 

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Philadelphia Substantially Increases Monetary Fines and Penalties for Violating Covid-19 Orders

Monday, May 4, 2020

Last week, the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health issued an emergency regulation, increasing the fines for violators of the City’s multiple Covid-19-related orders, including the prohibition on operation of non-essential businesses.

 

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Pennsylvania Revises Rules for Residential Real Estate Transactions

Friday, May 1, 2020

This week, the Secretary of State revised her guidance letter to allow more in-person activities for the real estate industry, but with safety and social distancing restrictions.

 

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Mayor Kenney Issues New Requirements to Allow for Construction Activities to Resume in Philadelphia

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Construction activity in Philadelphia may resume only as to projects for which either a demolition or building permit was issued on or before March 20, 2020.

 

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Paid Leave and Unemployment Benefits During the Pandemic: What Everyone Needs to Know

Monday, April 27, 2020

Natalie Klyashtorny appeared on Smart Real Estate Podcast, hosted by Joseph Scorese, a senior mortgage lender with Firstrust Bank, to talk about what everyone needs to know about paid leave and unemployment benefits during the pandemic.

 

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State Governmental Guidelines Issued for Construction Activities Taking Place in Pennsylvania

Friday, April 24, 2020

Earlier this week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that all businesses in the construction industry, including those in new construction, renovation, and repair, as well as…

 

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Desperately Needed Financial Assistance Is On Its Way for Small Businesses In Philadelphia And Beyond

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

In the past week, the federal government as well as the city government in Philadelphia have announced additional sources of funding for small businesses.

 

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Construction and Other Business Activities Allowed to Resume in PA under Certain Conditions

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Yesterday, Governor Thomas Wolf announced that Pennsylvania’s statewide Stay-At-Home Order would be extended through, at least, May 8th, but also that construction activities would be allowed to resume in the Commonwealth as of that date.

 

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How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits in PA if You are Self-Employed or An Independent Contractor During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday, April 20, 2020

Late last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry opened up the web portal for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (“PUA”) for individuals, including…

 

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What are the Newly Issued Safety and Social Distancing Rules and Regulations for Essential Businesses in PA?

Friday, April 17, 2020

This week, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine signed an order requiring all Pennsylvania essential businesses still operating in physical form to maintain certain safety procedures and protocols.

 

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How to Finance Construction Projects During and After COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Last week, Alan Nochumson joined Ryan Herting and Bryan Ziegenfuse of IFundPhilly, one of the leading lenders for real estate projects in the Philadelphia region, to talk about the state of financing of these real estate projects both today and into the near future.

 

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Take Advantage of Withdrawing or Borrowing Money From Your Retirement Accounts Under the CARES Act

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Individuals will be able to withdraw up to $100,000 from their 401Ks or IRAs this year without the usual 10% penalty, as long as the withdrawal is because of financial hardship due to the pandemic.

 

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Why You Should Not Wait to Plan Your Next Real Estate Project In Philadelphia

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Alan Nochumson appeared on Smart Real Estate Podcast, hosted by Joseph Scorese, a senior mortgage lender with Firstrust Bank, to talk about how the savvy real estate developer can and should use this time during the COVID-19 pandemic to get a head start over their competition.

 

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The Biggest Mistake A Commercial Landlord Makes When Modifying or Assigning a Lease Agreement

Monday, April 13, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in all likelihood, many commercial leases will be amended or assigned in the coming months. Such commercial landlords should pay careful attention to the verbiage of any proposed amendment or assignment for many reasons.

 

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Video: The State of Retail Leasing in Philadelphia during COVID-19

Friday, April 10, 2020

Jacob Cooper, partner and managing director of MSC Retail, one of the leading retail real estate brokerages in the Philadelphia region, spoke with Alan Nochumson about the state of retail leasing in Philadelphia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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New Rules for Residential Real Estate Contracts in PA Executed Before March 18th

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Secretary of State issued a guidance letter for appraisers, notaries, title companies and home inspectors with regards to agreements of sale for residential properties entered into prior to March 6, 2020.

 

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What Government-Imposed Deadlines Have Been Changed Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

As COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on society, our federal, state, and local governments have provided leeway upon the following government-imposed deadlines…

 

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Video: How to Market and Sell a Property During COVID-19

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Alan Nochumson and Maria Quattrone, who owns and operates REMAX at HOME (the #1 RE/Max agent in Pennsylvania and the #12 Re/Max agent globally) discussed how to market and sell a property during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday, April 6, 2020

To alleviate the resulting financial hardship, the federal and state governments have expanded eligibility for unemployment benefits.

 

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Other Sources of Funding for Philly Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Friday, April 3, 2020

In addition to the recently created loan and grant programs spearheaded by the federal government and the City of Philadelphia, there are other sources of funding which small businesses may wish to consider applying for.

 

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Video: How to Use Remote Online Notarization to Close a Real Estate Transaction during COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Alan Nochumson joined Nader Ayoub, President of American National Land Transfer, to delve into how to practically close a real estate transaction remotely in Pennsylvania.

 

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Video: New SBA Loan Programs for Small- and Mid-sized Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Alan Nochumson joined Jeff Bechtold from American Commercial Lending to discuss the new federal loan programs and and what businesses should keep in mind to take advantage of the CARES Act.

 

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PA Allows for Remote Online Notarization to Close Some Real Estate Transactions

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf has approved a waiver temporarily suspending the personal appearance requirement to allow notaries to carry out some of their duties remotely.

 

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What Small Businesses Need to Know About Applying for and Obtaining Loans Under the CARES Act

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The CARES Act is essentially divided into two federal loan programs for small businesses — Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.

 

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How the Federal Government’s $2.2 Trillion Stimulus Package Assists Individuals

Monday, March 30, 2020

On Friday, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act designed to alleviate the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic.

 

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Video: How Business Owners and Investors Survive and Thrive During COVID-19

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Alan Nochumson joined Hoan Thai from I Escaped My 9 to 5 to discuss some relief ideas for investors and business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Video: How should Landlords Prepare for COVID-19 from April and Beyond?

Friday, March 27, 2020

Alan Nochumson joined Christopher Somers from The Somers Team of Philadelphia to discuss what options landlords may have with their tenants and mortgage lenders during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

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Businesses Can Apply For a Waiver to Reopen Their Physical Operations in Pennsylvania

Friday, March 27, 2020

Although the governor has ordered the closing of non-life sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania, his administration will continue considering waiver requests.

 

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New Rules and Regulations Issued to Protect Against Foreclosure and Eviction

Thursday, March 26, 2020

On March 18, 2020, mortgage buyers, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced that they will suspend mortgage foreclosure and evictions against their borrowers who own single-family properties.

 

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Employee Sick Leave Protections Expanded Due to the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, last week, the U.S. Congress passed, and President Donald Trump signed into law, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

 

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Philly and PIDC Launch $9 Million Grant Relief Fund for Small Businesses

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The fund is a $9 million-plus grant and zero-interest loan program to support businesses located in the City which are financially struggling due to the economic downturn caused by Covid-19.

 

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The Impact of the Covid-19 Virus on Contracts

Monday, March 23, 2020

Many contracts you have contain a so-called force majeure (literally meaning “great force”) clause that excuses performance under certain unforeseeable circumstances that prevent the fulfilling of a contract.

 

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All Non-Life Sustaining PA Businesses To Shut Down

Friday, March 20, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf ordered all non-life sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close physical operations, effective immediately.

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