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El secretario de vivienda, Ben Carson, pone en marcha asociación público-privada para viviendas públicas

Ayer, el condado de Miami-Dade recibió al Dr. Ben Carson, secretario del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de Estados Unidos, en la urbanización pública Liberty Square, una de las más antiguas del país. La reunión...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - April 2017 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Assembly Member Proposes Bill to Limit Abuse of Service Animal Accommodations - As dogs have transitioned from children's backyard playmates to must-have accessories while their owners are shopping or dining,...more

Border Wall Battles - Can you fight the government’s efforts to take land for the border wall, and how much compensation can you...

Landowners along the border of the United States and Mexico may soon face fast-tracked efforts by the federal government to condemn easements and, in many cases, substantial portions of their land outright through eminent...more

Colorado House Bill 1279 stalls over 120-day unit owner election period

by Snell & Wilmer on

With the session more than halfway through, the Colorado Legislature’s 2017 attempts at meaningful construction defect reform may fail again. This year, the Legislature did not attempt a single-bill construction defect...more

Additional Opportunity for Increased Extension of Building Permits and Development Orders

Due to Governor Scott’s recent expansion of the State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus, holders of permits and development orders have another opportunity to toll the period remaining to exercise rights under the permit...more

New York Codifies Definition of Consummation Facilitating TRID Compliance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The New York Senate has approved Bill 982, which amends state law to expressly allow for execution of a mortgage loan by electronic signature. In connection with this amendment, the term “consummation of a mortgage loan” also...more

Director Corday’s appearance before House Committee: strong on theater, weak on substance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Despite its long duration (over five hours including a recess for a vote), the House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on April 5 at which Director Cordray was the sole witness provided a strong dose of political theater...more

The California Legislature Bites Back in Look Who's Crying Woof, Part II

With alarming frequency, building owners, property managers, apartment owners, restaurants, theaters and shopping malls are confronted with making decisions as to whether a dog is a bona fide “service animal”, an “emotional...more

Dorsey’s Artin Betpera Advocates on Behalf of the Mortgage Industry with the California MBA at the State Capitol

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

It’s sure been busy at our State Capitol here in California this week. While the Legislators were furiously debating an increase in our state gas tax (already one of the highest in the nation), the California Mortgage Bankers...more

Baltimore’s Homeless Youth: The Cost of Eliminating the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Market

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (“LIHTC”) is one of the most important resources for creating affordable housing in the United States today. Created by the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the LIHTC program gives State and local...more

2017 Proposed Legislation Regarding Florida Statutes, Chapter 718

In recent legislation, Senate Bills 1258 and 1682 and House Bills 1001 and 1237 seek to amend Florida Statutes, Chapter 718....more

Tax Reform – Proposed Legislation Protecting Affordable Housing

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

After legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act was pulled from the House floor last Friday, news headlines across the country began reporting that tax reform is next on the Trump Administration’s agenda. As noted in our...more

House Bill 89: Does It Grant or Just Tweak The Power to Abolish a Public Housing Authority?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Since 1969, Chapter 157 of the North Carolina General Statutes (the "Housing Authority Law") has allowed municipalities and counties to create and abolish Public Housing Authorities. Over the years, the General Assembly has...more

The New Administration's Plans for the CFPB Take Shape

For those who have been wondering—as I did in a previous post—what the new presidential administration would mean for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an agency that has been in Republicans’ crosshairs...more

Wading Through the Flood of New Housing Legislation

Having trouble keeping up with the seemingly endless torrent of new housing laws? You are not alone. Here is our summary of the key pending State and San Francisco legislation aimed at increasing housing/affordable housing...more

Reading the Financial Tea Leaves: CREFC Market Outlook Survey 2017

by Dechert LLP on

CREFC has surveyed some of its attendees—all major participants in the commercial real estate finance industry—at the 2017 CRE Finance Council January Conference in Miami. CREFC’s 2017 market outlook survey confirmed what we...more

Wiener’s Streamlined Infill Housing Approvals Legislation Continues to Move Forward

We reported in December that State Senator Scott Wiener marked his first day in state office by introducing legislation (SB 35) to address barriers to housing production. Senator Wiener has introduced amendments to SB 35 that...more

House subcommittee to hold hearing tomorrow on CFPB’s constitutionality

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

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

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

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

No Ifs, Ands, or Butts: Regulating Smoking Within Community Associations

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

The past twenty years have seen a dramatic uptick in the regulation of smoking, as dozens of states and hundreds of cities and counties have enacted laws making designated public places "smoke-free." For its part, the North...more

Proposed Legislation Would Require Condominiums To Give Unit Owners Notice Of A Sale Or Lien Affecting A Common Element

by Baker Donelson on

Senate Bill 809 and House Bill 1369, now pending in the Maryland General Assembly, would require a condominium council of unit owners to provide at least 30-days notice to all unit owners of any sale, including a tax sale, of...more

Regulatory comments due in March & other housing news updates

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Comments on the following HUD and housing related guidance are due this month. HOTMA implementation for Section 8 Voucher Programs – Due March 20, 2017 - On January 18, 2017, HUD issued a proposed rule to implement...more

Competing Inclusionary Housing Proposals Introduced at the Board of Supervisors

Is the City another step closer to sorting out inclusionary housing requirements and implementation of Proposition C? Board of Supervisors members have introduced two competing ordinances that seek to call the question...more

Mandatory inclusionary zoning in Ontario: But what does it change?

by Dentons on

In June 2016, we provided an overview of the Province’s proposed inclusionary zoning legislation titled "Will Ontario green light mandatory inclusionary zoning?" ...more

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