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Mr. Kaufmann is counsel to Jackson & Campbell, P.C. and is a member of the General Litigation and Trial, Business, and Real Estate Practice Groups.

His law practice focuses on litigation and transactional matters involving the purchase, sale, operation, titling, and financing of real estate and businesses, as well as licensing, employment, contract, and commercial leasing issues. He also serves in various fiduciary capacities as trustee for large trusts.

Roy’s breadth of trial, appellate, and transaction experience in real estate, title, contract, and business matters has made him well-known in the legal and business communities. He is a frequent lecturer to The District of Columbia Bar and to real estate professionals on complex property and title issues. He serves as the lobbyist for the D.C. Land Title Association, the trade group representing title underwriters and agents in the District of Columbia; is a frequent commentator and drafter of legislation; and served as Chair of The District of Columbia Bar’s Real Estate, Housing, and Land Use Section.

Roy serves as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s Large, Complex Case and Commercial Panels. Cases have included complex contract disputes where disputes exceed $20 million, construction and architect matters, corporate acquisitions, and real estate matters, title, fraud, and corporate governance disputes.

Roy is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Roy has earned an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition achievable for professional ability and ethics. Roy was also was selected as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine for his work in Real Estate and Business (2012-2017). He was also selected as a 2019 Best Lawyer for his work in Real Estate law.

Roy serves as the editor of the Firm’s Title and Real Estate Blog and Newsletter and has authored many of the articles therein.

  • November 2018
    Protect Yourself Against Wire Transfer and Credit Card Fraud

    We are seeing two varieties of online fraud, but the good news is securing your information is as easy as a few steps. The first type of fraud involves fake wiring instructions. The criminal learns that a transaction is about to occur and sends an email to a title company, bank, buyer, seller, or real estate agent saying that the wiring instructions... Read More >

  • September 2018
    Pending Emergency Legislation to Affect Tax Sales and Recordation Tax on Leases

    The Washington, D.C. Council is considering B22-922: Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2018 which, among many provisions, contains a few changes of interest to real estate practitioners which are found here. Recordation Tax: On leases in excess of 30 years, the Washington, D.C. government may determine the fair market value of the leasehold interest... Read More >

  • September 2018
    D.C. Announces New Tax Rates for First-Time Homebuyer

    Washington, D.C.’s innovative First Time Homebuyer’s tax rate reduces the recordation tax to .725 percent. The statute is found at Official Code §42-1101(17). The tax rate and value of the property changes from year to year based upon the C.P.I. Effective on October 1, 2019, the purchase price may not exceed $632,500 and the income for a single-member household may not... Read More >

  • September 2018
    D.C. Tax Rate Changes Effective October 1, 2018

    The District of Columbia’s Office of Tax and Revenue has issued a notification of changes in various tax rates that will become effective on Monday, October 1, 2018. The real property tax for Class 2 properties will increase to $1.65 per $100 of value for properties worth less than $5,000,000; $1.77 from $5 million to $10 million; and $1.89 for... Read More >

  • August 2018
    New Maryland Statute: Corporate Articles of Transfer No Longer Needed to Transfer Real Property

    Until August 2018, Maryland was one of the few states that required a state-based corporation that transfers all of its real property assets to execute and file articles of transfer with the State Department of Assessment and Taxation (SDAT). This regulation is outlined in the Corporations and Associations Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland Section 1-101(y) and 3-109... Read More >

  • August 2018
    Housing Licensing and TOPA in the District of Columbia

    Recent changes to the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) in the District of Columbia have had broad repercussions in the single-family rental market. Since TOPA’s inception, the competing purposes of maintaining a rental market and encouraging tenants to leave the rental market and become homeowners have resulted in a structure that is difficult to follow and has... Read More >

  • May 2018
    TOPA Update - Single-Family Homes, DC Legislation Passed

    This is an update from the articles posted March 9, April 4, April 6, and April 10, 2018 relating to Single-Family Homes – DC Legislation Proposed to Exclude from TOPA. The District of Columbia Council passed legislation today, April 10, 2018, that excludes single-family homes from TOPA. Bill 22-315, was first introduced last... Read More >

  • April 2018
    DC Reduced Rate of Recordation Tax – Applies to Revocable Trust

    The District recently passed legislation which reduces the Recordation Tax for most first-time homebuyers.  The Recordation Tax for a “first-time District homebuyer” purchasing “eligible property” is reduced to 0.725% (transfer taxes owed by the seller of 1.1% or 1.45% are unchanged) for houses and, for transfers of economic interests in a housing cooperative unit (co-op unit), the recordation tax rate is... Read More >

  • April 2018
    TOPA - Proposal to eliminate Bankruptcy and Court-Order Exemptions

    Earlier this month, Bill 22-0739 was introduced to the District of Columbia Council. The Bill is named the TOPA Bankruptcy Tenant Displacement Prevention Amendment Act of 2018. The Bill seeks to amend the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act to remove TOPA’s exemption of bankruptcy sales and to require owners of property acquired via court order to submit to TOPA... Read More >

  • September 2017
    Roy L. Kaufmann Testifies before the D.C. City Council on proposed TOPA legislation

    Roy L. Kaufmann, from the Firm's Real Estate Group, testified before the D.C. City Council's Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization on behalf of the D.C. Land Title Association.  He testified on a proposed legislation to amend the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) called the TOPA Accessory Dwelling Act of 2017. REDLINE of DCLTA-requested revisions vs. current law 9-8-17... Read More >

  • September 2017
    New Emergency and Proposed Inclusionary Zoning Regulations

    The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), which oversees the Inclusionary Zoning program in DC, has new proposed regulations relating to Inclusionary Zoning.  The nature of these Emergency and Proposed regulations, can be found here.  Although the regulations are called “proposed”, they are effective.  Public comment ends on September 30.  If you care to make any comments, you... Read More >

  • August 2017
    Wire Theft - Third Major Money Wiring Theft in DC Area. Stop, review your procedures and alert your staff today!

    By: Roy L. Kaufmann I have become personally aware of THREE wire thefts affecting title companies in the immediate DC metro area.  One, wherein fraudsters got away with over $1,500,000, was the subject of a recent lawsuit. This is affecting local title companies -... Read More >

  • February 2017
    Commercial Tenant’s Lease – Estoppel and Attornment Considerations

    A standard provision of commercial lease agreements is an agreement by the Tenant to execute estoppel certificates, and to attorn to a lender. An estoppel certificate is a statement from the tenant to either a lender or a prospective purchaser that clarifies: what property is leased (often includes square footage) the length term of the lease that the lease has or... Read More >

  • February 2017
    Forgiven Debt – Taxable to the Borrower?

    Generally, if a borrower is required to pay a sum certain at a specific time, the obligation is considered “debt” under the Internal Revenue Code.  If the lender forgives a portion, it has “cancelled” the debt and the borrower must declare and take into income the dollar amount cancelled.  A lender may unilaterally decide that a debt is not collectable... Read More >

  • November 2016
    Attorneys Quoted in Legal Description Article

    Roy Kaufmann and Brian Thompson, attorneys here at Jackson & Campbell, P.C., were in The Legal Description article "Trump Victory Opens Door for Industry Changes."... Read More >

  • September 2016
    Under TOPA, a Bona Fide Offer Cannot Be Based on Future Market Value

    On September 22, 2016, in Parcel One Phase One Assoc.., LLP v. Museum Square Tenants Ass’n., Inc., No. 15-CV-609, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the tenants’ association that Parcel One’s offer of sale was not a... Read More >

  • September 2016
    Work In Progress – Further Technical Modifications to ZR16

    The Office of Planning recommended last Friday to the Office of Zoning further revisions to the new zoning regulations that became effective on September 6, 2016 (“ZR16”).  Such revisions notably include changes to measurements such as lot occupancies.  The proposed revisions (found here) will be considered on September 12... Read More >

  • September 2016
    Are You Ready? DC’s Overhauled Zoning Regulations Become Effective September 6

    DC’s new zoning regulations – referred to as “ZR16” – become effective September 6.  They are the product of a multi-year review by the Zoning Review Taskforce of the original zoning regulations enacted in 1958 and amended or updated through a patchwork process in the succeeding decades.  The Zoning Review Taskforce was comprised of representatives of the DC Government, the... Read More >

  • July 2016
    MD: Montgomery County Recordation Tax Changes Effective September 1

    James E. Babb, Tax Operations Manager for the Montgomery County Department of Finance, issued a memorandum explaining the revisions to the law concerning recordation tax, which goes into effect on September 1, 2016. He has included 12 examples which are intended to help the public understand their interpretation of the new law as it pertains to recordation tax calculations. A copy of Bill 15-16 can... Read More >

  • April 2014
    Online Filing - Income and Expense Report DC and Building Permits.

    DC moves its technology forward to facilitate easy on-line filing. Commercial property owners can anticipate receipt of notification from OTR that on-line filing of Income and Expense forms is available. While online filing will be option for this year, it will be mandatory next year. The due date for the form remains unchanged: April 15. The paper forms are available at the OTR website... Read More >