Real Estate

Matricardi Law works on cutting-edge real estate transactions for private and nonprofit developers throughout the United States. The firm has developed significant experience in mixed use and affordable housing developments, typically representing developers, commercial tenants, commercial landlords, and residential owners in protection and advancement of their legal business positions.

Affordable Housing

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We are experienced affordable housing developers—from working with nonprofits who develop affordable housing to working with for-profit developers who build affordable housing, Matricardi Law has firsthand knowledge of the affordable housing industry and the legal mechanics to enable your projects, whether it be design-build, ground-up construction, rehabilitation, the addition of land use covenants to ensure affordability, or the development of tools to operate a building as affordable in the years to come. 

We provide service and advice to our clients to grow their affordable housing portfolios and development goals, having experienced firsthand dozens, if not hundreds, of iterations of affordable housing deals throughout the State of California. The creation of affordable housing units requires the creativity and understanding of the financing mechanisms, obstacles, and innovation required to support these critical real estate development deals. We stand at the ready to engage in these transactions through their close, lease-up, and operation of these affordable housing deals. 

We provide innovative leadership and legal expertise for housing and development projects utilizing alternative and cutting-edge construction typologies like modular and manufactured housing, and 3D printed housing.

Community Economic Development

Community economic development stands at the forefront of intersectionalities between economic investments, and the impacts that can be made for positive, healthy and equitable community growth strategies. Matricardi Law is experienced in the creation of deals that require an understanding of these natural tensions, equity, and the investments required to bring these deals to fruition. 

With 20+ years of experience in community development, we stand at the ready to provide technical assistance and legal advice as to relevant structures, considerations, and requirements for the development of deals of this size and nature. We bring innovative strategies that transcend traditional thinking to understand the key components of redevelopment plans to achieve triple bottom line success. Join us to understand your path to value enhancement. 

Community revitalization requires a mindfulness towards equity, while working to build places and spaces for people in our built environment + nature in its natural environment, to thrive. Our work can provide jobs, improve infrastructure, avoid displacement by strengthening access and affordable housing options, and help the dollar to circulate in communities underserved for years. 

Community Engagement 

Community engagement is how working individuals advance their business needs while doing so in relation to the legacy and history, the culture and importance, of all of the individuals and spaces that will become affected by their work. Principal Alicia Matricardi has performed extensive community engagement work and is familiar with strategies for community economic development to inform planning and land use decisionmaking. Having performed numerous design charrettes and listening sessions, as well as having created events to drive participation and surveys among vulnerable immigrant communities in the City of Los Angeles, Matricardi Law is well-positioned to advise, develop, and effectuate community engagement strategies on behalf of clients and concepts.

Corporate Counsel

Principal Alicia Matricardi is poised to support a Company’s wide-range of business objectives while minimizing legal risk and legal expense. Relevant experience includes the spearheading, negotiation, drafting and development of a myriad of agreements including business development agreements, technology agreements, trademark licensing agreements, asset purchase agreements, and corporate governance for Companies and their affiliates. This work requires involves a high degree of confidentiality, complexity and savviness. Matricardi Law is experienced in a full range of corporate work from performing preventative law audits to trademark, copyright and contract litigation, transactional document deliverables and due diligence matters. Advice provided to management includes employment law, intellectual property, government regulatory issues and contract matters. The Firm retains the ability to advise on all potential litigation and intellectual property matters.

Land Use Covenants

Land use covenant and Land Use Restrictive Agreements (LURAs) are utilized in the affordable housing industry in order to require that units of affordable housing stay income-restricted over a period of years. However, the design, review, application, removal and expiration of these affordable housing land use covenants is a complicated and highly technical aspect of the creation of affordable housing. These tools are designed and intimately understood to be critical parts of the creation of affordable housing throughout Los Angeles City, County, and the State of California. 

Matricardi Law is experience in real estate transactions in Los Angeles City, Los Angeles County, and throughout the State of California as they related to affordable housing endeavors requiring land use covenants or LURAs, and can represent you throughout the application, compliance, removal and/or termination process for these real estate mechanisms.

Landlord-Tenant Law

Matricardi Law is a transactional real estate firm that advises on matters relating to commercial and residential tenancies throughout California. These include landlord and owner representations of residential and affordable housing units. These also include significant experience in representing commercial tenants and commercial landlords in the development of lease agreements, negotiation and drafting of contracts, and in advising on litigation strategy in pre-litigation efforts. Matricardi Law is well-positioned to advise on all Landlord-Tenant matters in California. 

Property Management

Property management is the key link between an active real property asset and risks that can decimate a property’s return potential, requiring years to build it back up. Matricardi Law has experience, both in the ability to help property owners select and terminate property management companies, but in understanding what great property management should look like. With experience in both commercial and large portfolio residential property management (both in the market-rate and affordable housing context in Southern California), we have the ability to identify your property management needs to serve our ever-changing real estate market and help you sleep at night. Let us understand your ownership expectations, and align you with working professionals who similarly understand that business requirement. 

Restaurants and Bars 

The Firm retains great experience in all transactional aspects of sites and landlord-tenant interactions involving restaurants, from small stands through 15,000 sq.ft. sites, including issues relating to quick-service delivery transition, lease development and renewals, and negotiations relative to improvements or expansions, some of the most important topics of our modern food-service landscape. 

Retail Leasing  

Matricardi Law has experience in lease agreements necessary for Tenants to be able to concentrate on their business development, expansion, and risk-positioning, while Matricardi Law leads on the leasing side. We can seamlessly pick-up on your relationships with your broker, or theirs, to thoughtfully and quickly close on your deal, or to help to negotiate and paper an amendment to your deal so that you can stay in your zone for excellence in product offerings. Matricardi Law has significant experience in grocery and big-box lease transactions, with a business understanding of the needs of retailers for loading, HR issues, ADA accessibility, CUPs, permits, refinancing, and the temperament to enable your growth as a worthy and capable reflection of your own business prowess. We have previous experience with publicly-traded retailers whose real estate needs were varied, and extremely important to their client service and reputation. Let Matricardi Law show you what competency looks like in a responsive firm that understands your business needs. 

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Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreements, and Estoppels or Estoppel Certificates are significant documents requiring careful review and detail. Matricardi Law is greatly experienced at drafting, reviewing, preparing and negotiating these documents. Yes- they can be negotiated. Yes- they should change from form documents into documents that reflect the needs of clients that have already negotiated hard-fought leases and do not need them undermined by a lender’s desire for an ironclad document to protect themselves. Matricardi Law has significant experience in preparing and completing these processes on behalf of Landlords and Tenants. Save your headaches and let us know how we may help. 

Tenant Representations 

Matricardi Law has broad experience representing both commercial landlords and tenants, and sees the alignment of the two in understanding what businesses need to prosper. There is a need for highly-competent representation when negotiating a commercial lease agreement. Matricardi Law is ready with the competencies, skills-sets, and temperament to get the job done. Representing commercial tenants is our extraordinary pleasure. We believe in you. Let us demonstrate what leadership on the tenant side looks like.