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Maryland General Assembly Considers Bill To Require Written Policies For Homeowner Association Payment Plans

Senate Bill 1115, filed in the Maryland General Assembly, would require homeowner associations to adopt a written policy if it permits payment plans for homeowner fees and other charges. The new law would add Section...more

Collective Strata Sales: Fact v Fiction

The new NSW strata legislation commenced late in 2016 with the showstopper reform that owners in a strata scheme can now take part in a collective sale of the whole scheme on a 75% and above vote....more

Even a “Bona Fide Purchaser” Can’t Rely on a Void Judgment

Under California law, “bona fide purchasers” who buy property with no notice (actual, constructive, or otherwise) of a competing claim to the property are generally protected. The law’s favorable treatment of bona fide...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 10th, 2017

The Battle of Reports Continues [Short-Term Rentals]. By now, most everyone is likely aware of the AHLA funded study recently conducted by CBRE’s hotel division of Airbnb and its whole-unit / multi-unit hosts. The resulting...more

Affordable Housing Bonus Program Takes Shape in San Francisco

The State Density Bonus law has been in effect for almost 40 years, but it has required a prolonged housing crisis to push San Francisco to adopt a local implementing ordinance. Last year the Board of Supervisors adopted the...more

Nationstar Mortgage to Pay $1.75 Million Penalty for HMDA Violations

On March 15, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB“) ordered Nationstar Mortgage LLC (“Nationstar“) to pay a $1.75 million civil penalty for violating the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (“HMDA“) by consistently...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 16, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled General Corporate Methodology. Report. On March 16, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled North American Single-Asset/Single-Borrower Methodology. Report. On March 16,...more

Everything You Need To Know About Florida Deficiency Judgments – Part II

A foreclosure judgment, followed by sale of the mortgaged property, doesn’t necessarily end a foreclosure case. If the sale proceeds don’t fully pay the debt, the next step is a money judgment against the borrower for the...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending March 10 & 17, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Coequal Liens: trial court properly authorized tax collector to issue tax certificates subject to community development district’s assessment liens – Villages of Avignon Community Dev. Dist. v....more

Seventh Circuit Finds Faulty Work Not a Covered “Occurrence”

In Allied Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Metro North Condo. Ass’n, No. 16-1868, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 4107 (7th Cir. Mar. 8, 2017), the Seventh Circuit had occasion to consider whether claims of faulty workmanship could constitute...more

The Supreme Court Is Hearing a Case Today That Could Change How We Determine If a Property Is the Subject of a Regulatory Taking

This year the Supreme Court of the United States will hear a highly-anticipated regulatory takings case that may determine whether two legally divided, but commonly held parcels, should be considered as one parcel in a...more

Still No “Free House” in Florida – Florida Supreme Court Denies Motions for Rehearing in Bartram

On March 16, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court solidified the position of its November 3, 2016 opinion in Bartram v. U.S. Bank, N.A., SC14-1266, 2016 WL 6538647 by denying the motions for rehearing filed in response to the...more

Justice Department Tells Court CFPB is Unconstitutional

The Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief in the case of PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and is scheduled for...more

East Hampton Considers New Laws Mandating Nitrogen-Reducing Sanitary Systems and Offering Rebates to Replace Existing Systems

The Town Board of the Town East Hampton (“Town Board”) is considering progressive new legislation that will require advanced nitrogen-reducing sanitary systems for all new commercial and residential construction and major...more

Tennessee's Bankers to CFPB: "Regulation by Enforcement" Concerns Loom Large

The conference room was filled to capacity as bank presidents, chief compliance officers and lending executives sat in a U shape, facing the two speakers. A fissure of tension hung in the room and the audience looked...more

Trump’s DOJ supports striking Cordray’s removable-only-for-cause protection from Dodd-Frank

The DOJ submitted its amicus brief in the PHH case on Friday, March 17.  We have blogged extensively about this case since its inception. Unsurprisingly, the Trump DOJ supports striking from Dodd-Frank the...more

Expect a Change to Regulation of Non-Bank Mortgage Servicers

Last month, Citigroup announced plans to exit the mortgage servicing business and sell off a $97 billion portfolio to a non-bank servicer and transfer their remaining mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) to another non-bank...more

House subcommittee to hold hearing tomorrow on CFPB’s constitutionality

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Financial Services has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow entitled “The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Unconstitutional Design.” The memo...more

Ballard Spahr and CSG Advisors Host Another Informative Western Housing Conference

Last week, Ballard Spahr in conjunction with CSG Advisors hosted its 7th Annual Western Housing Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The Conference brought together a wide range of public and private housing professionals...more

Ting Legislation Seeks to Pave the Way for Fees on Density Bonus Units

Assembly member Phil Ting (D – San Francisco) introduced new amendments to the State Density Bonus law on March 15, 2017 that would specifically require local jurisdictions to impose their local inclusionary housing...more

Will bankruptcy stop a foreclosure?

"My house is about to be foreclosed. Will bankruptcy stop that?" I'm often asked that question. The answer is probably "yes", but let's look at a "no" answer first....more

State Senate Bill Would Authorize Common Element Restrictions On Delinquent Unit Owners

Senate Bill 529 in the Maryland General Assembly would authorize condominiums to restrict the use of common elements by unit owners who are delinquent in paying assessments. The proposed law would add new subsection...more

Florida Supreme Court Refuses to Reconsider Landmark 2016 Ruling on Statute of Limitations for Mortgage Foreclosure

On March 16, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court denied motions for rehearing and/or clarification filed by petitioners Lewis Brook Bartram, the Plantation at Ponte Vedra, and Gideon M.G. Gratsiani. All three petitioners...more

Administration’s OMB budget blueprint proposes 13% cut and elimination of many HUD programs

The Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) released the Trump administration’s budget blueprint today, providing a general overview of the budget request it intends to present to Congress later this Spring. As outlined, the...more

Torts-Damages for Cutting Trees

The CA Court says that willfully and intentionally cutting down your neighbor’s tree is a ‘treble’ thing for noneconomic damages if it annoys/disturbs your neighbor. Jeanette E. Fulle v. Kaveh M. Kanani - Court of...more

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