Jeffrey S. Lapin, CPM, DREI, is an expert in maintenance and management procedures and reasonable standards of care for commercial properties, multifamily properties and HOA's. He has been directly involved in Real Estate Management, Leasing and Construction for over 40 years.
Mr. Lapin is a Certified Property Manager (CPM®), certified by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®)., a California licensed Real Estate Broker and a Tennessee licensed Affiliate Broker. Mr. Lapin is a certified instructor for IREM® and teaches for the Building Owners and Managers Institute International (BOMI®) and a Distinguished Real Estate Instructor (DREI). Mr. Lapin teaches courses for these prestigious international property associations, including courses required by IREM® and by BOMA® for the respective professional accreditations they offer, centered around construction and maintenance topics. He also served as President of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) Chapter 22 in Sacramento, California in 2016.
Mr. Lapin specializes in Standards of Care for Landlords, Property Maintenance and Inspection Procedures, Management Policies and Procedures, and Asset Value Protection. His background includes roles with institutional landlords including TIAA CREF, MetLife, The New England Life Insurance Company, and Principal Mutual Life, as well as a diverse group of private property owners. His experience is in managing and leasing all types of property including commercial and multi-family residential, industrial, office, and retail real estate assets.
Litigation Support - Mr. Lapin provides expert witness services on Commercial Real Estate Standards of Practice. His cases involve injuries, personal and financial, that occur as a result of an alleged failure by a commercial landlord to follow reasonable standards of care, for either the landlord or a non-landlord plaintiff's counsel.
Tenants, visitors and vendors who enter upon commercial properties (office buildings, retail centers, apartment communities, industrial buildings, etc.) are entitled to the presumption of safety when traversing public spaces. They should, and do, expect that the owner of that property, by making it accessible to the public, will maintain the property (parking areas, lobbies, hallways, grounds, pools and the walkways that connect these elements) to a reasonable standard of care.