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n. any permanent structure on real property, or any work on the property (such as planting trees) which increases its value.


noun amelioration, betterment, change for the better, melioration, recovery, rehabilitation
Associated concepts: improvement bond, improvement district
See also: advance, advancement, advantage, amendment, augmentation, behalf, benefit, betterment, boom, change, correction, development, edification, growth, headway, increase, panacea, profit, progress, promotion, prosperity, reform, rehabilitation, renewal, reorganization, repair, revision, revival

IMPROVEMENT, estates. This term is of doubtful meaning It would seem to apply principally to buildings, though generally it extends to amelioration of every description of property, whether real or personal; it is generally explained by other words.
     2. Where, by the terms of a lease, the covenant was to leave at the end of the term a water-mill with all the fixtures, fastenings, and improvements, during the demise fixed, fastened, or set up on or upon the premises, in good plight and condition, it was held to include a pair of new millstones set up by the lessee during the term, although the custom of the country in general authorized the tenant to remove them. 9 Bing. 24; 3 Sim. 450; 2 Ves. & Bea. 349. Vide 3 Yeates, 71; Addis. R. 335; 4 Binn. R. 418; 5 Binn. R. 77; 5 S. & R. 266; 1 Binn. R. 495; 1 John. Ch. R. 450; 15 Pick. R. 471. Vide Profits. 2 Man. & Gra. 729, 757; S. C. 40 Eng. C. L. R. 598, 612.
     3. Tenants in common are not bound to pay for permanent improvements, made on the common property, by one of the tenants in common without their consent. 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1881.

IMPROVEMENT, rights. An addition of some useful thing to a machine, manufacture or composition of matter.
     2. The patent law of July 4, 1836, authorizes the granting of a patent for any new and useful improvement on any art, machine manufacture or composition of matter. Sect. 6. It is often very difficult to say what is a new and useful improvement, the cases often approach very near to each other. In the present improved state of machinery, it is almost impracticable not to employ the same elements of motion, and in some particulars, the same manner of operation, to produce any new effect. 1 Gallis. 478; 2 Gallis. 51. See 4 B. & Ald. 540; 2 Kent, Com. 370.

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To ensure distribution to all construction and development markets, McCarthy simultaneously founded publishing company, Pareto Building Improvement, and the book was published in January 2008.
The non-GAAP estimate excludes the effects of stock-based compensation expense, expected to be approximately $617 million, amortization of purchased intangibles related to acquisitions, expected to be approximately $158 million, gains on sales of land and building improvements of approximately $18 million, net non-cash interest expense related to the 0.
After New York City endured Hurricane Sandy, we took the opportunity to make building improvements in the common spaces like the fitness center," said Sofia Estevez, executive vice president of TF Cornerstone.
A MERSEYSIDE school was celebrating today after winning a substantial sum of cash to fund building improvements.
GRANTS are being made available for community groups to help fund building improvements.
Businesses thinking about making storefront upgrades or other building improvements may find financial assistance through programs offered by the Valley's local redevelopment agencies.
BUILDING improvements are going ahead at a Nuneaton college - under a self-financing project.
BY FAILING to cutVAT on home building improvements and repairs to five per cent this week, the Chancellor once again missed a golden opportunity to support the construction industry, cut carbon emissions, put cowboy builders out of business and boost public finances.
It will provide up to $50,000 of funding through grants or interest-free loans to help businesses with planning and building fees, project development studies as well as facade and building improvements.
Kirkburton Pre-School group will also spend its pounds 1,354 on building improvements, including a replacement floor.
If the client does sell the land and building during construction and then closes the sale escrow after the building improvements are completed, the building improvements' one-year capital gain holding period begins only upon those improvements' date of completion.
Smaller, localized Valley projects include building a skateboarding park, pool building improvements in Reseda and lighting at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center in Pacoima.

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