Otis, Bedingfield & Peters, LLC attorney Brandy Natalzia was awarded a certificate of completion of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Leadership Program

Otis, Bedingfield & Peters, LLC is proud to announce that attorney Brandy Natalzia was awarded a certificate of completion of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Leadership Program, which featured year-long specialized leadership development, industry training, and mentorship. The Course consisted of leadership classes led by expert instructors in the commercial real estate industry that taught leading principles in leadership, organizational management, and negotiations.

“I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful organization,” said Brandy Natalzia. “CREW’s focus on core values such as leadership and community are very important to me. I’m looking forward to helping our organization thrive in 2018.”

Founded in 1989, CREW Network is the industry’s premier business networking organization transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally. With more than 11,000 members globally, CREW Network members represent all of the disciplines and parties involved in a commercial real estate transaction, ensuring connections to qualified professionals to complete the deal. The vision of CREW is to achieve parity in opportunity, influence and power in the commercial real estate industry. For more information about CREW Northern Colorado, please visit www.crewnortherncolorado.com.

Jennifer Peters Featured in BizWest

Each month BizWest invites a business leader to reflect on the issues affecting his or her industry. This month, BizWest asked Jennifer Peters to discuss issues facing her firm and the professional role she plays in the community.

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https://bizwest.com/2018/06/27/one-on-one-with-jennifer-peters-otis-bedingfield-peters-llc/?member=guest

ARE YOU THE CONTROLLING TYPE? By John A. Kolanz

If so, and you own property on which tenants engage in certain regulated activities, you should consider consulting a specialist for a little preventive care – legal, not medical. Controlling the activities of these tenants can draw enforcement against the property owner when the tenants’ operations raise environmental compliance issues, as a recent federal case illustrates.

The case involved a sportfishing group that sued an industrial park owner for Clean Water Act (“CWA”) violations caused by discharges of polluted storm water. The fact that any pollutants in the storm water were put there by the tenants did not protect the landlord. The court held that “owners and/or operators who have sufficient control over a facility can be held liable under the CWA even if they do not themselves perform the industrial activities that create the pollutants in the storm water discharge.” Here, the landlord owned and controlled the storm water drainage system from which the pollutants were released.

Operations requiring storm water permits are not uncommon, and can include transportation, food processing, and recycling businesses, as well as construction activities. The requirement can also apply to other operations on a case-by-case basis.

Moreover, this potential enforcement trap for landlords goes beyond CWA concerns. Owners who exert control over their tenants’ waste management practices may also risk enforcement. In recent years, retail outlets like hardware stores, pharmacies, and even groceries have been targeted by hazardous waste enforcement actions. This is because many common products like drain cleaners, over-the-counter drugs, and hand sanitizers can be considered hazardous wastes under certain circumstances.

Thus, a tenant’s business may not necessarily raise a red flag. Landlords should consider how monitoring protocols or proper lease provisions could provide protection from the environmental afflictions of their tenants, and save the expense of a pound of cure.