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No Standing = No Fees: Turning the Tide in Favor of Lenders and Servicers in the fight for fees in Florida

by Locke Lord LLP on

On July 12, 2017, Locke Lord was successful in obtaining an order in a Florida trial court denying a borrower’s request for an award of attorneys’ fees following a successful argument that the plaintiff lacked standing to...more

What Real Estate Settlement Service and Other Consumer Financial Services Providers Need to Know About the CFPB’s Final...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 10, 2017, in a surprise move, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued its long awaited final rule on arbitration (Final Arbitration Rule). This rule-making has been a lightning rod issue for...more

City of Charleston Changes Workforce Housing Zoning Rules

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The City of Charleston has changed the rules governing the Mixed Use Workforce Housing District Zoning Ordinance in an effort to further diversify housing opportunities for residents....more

Property Tax & Valuation Topics: Summer 2017

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Declaratory Judgment Not the Correct Remedy - Danping Li sued the Town of Woodbury with regard to the assessments of three properties she owned in that community. One of the counts of her complaint seeking a declaratory...more

Burr Alert: This Old Waiver? I’ve Had it for Years

by Burr & Forman on

The Georgia Supreme Court has further eroded the viability of the Georgia confirmation statute with its recent decision in York v. RES-GA LJY, LLC. In York, the Supreme Court affirmed the lower court’s application of last...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 7, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE- Takings/Declaratory Relief: plaintiff’s request for a declaration that its further pursuit of a zoning application was futile was not a proper claim for declaratory relief – GolfRock, LLC v. Lee...more

What Is The “Mrs. Murphy” Exception To The Fair Housing Act?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I get this question about exemptions to the Fair Housing Act (FHA) regularly, so I thought I would provide a refresher on the “Mrs. Murphy” exception to the FHA. At the outset, please know that apartment community owners,...more

Tenant Harassment and Potential Lender Liability

by BakerHostetler on

Tenant harassment cases typically involve disputes between landlords and tenants, with rent-stabilized tenants accusing landlords of attempting to bully them into vacating their apartments by using aggressive tactics such as...more

What You Need to Know About San Francisco’s Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program

On July 11, 2017, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors finally voted to adopt sweeping (and complex) changes to the City’s Inclusionary Affordable Housing program.....more

Texas Passes Bill to Curb Hail Litigation

Texas governor Greg Abbott recently signed legislation designed to curb the state’s recent spate of hail litigation against homeowner’s insurers. The new legislation, House Bill 1774 (and its counterpart Senate Bill 10), will...more

California Supreme Court Rules Homeowners Forfeited Right to Challenge Coastal Development Permit Conditions By Undertaking Work...

by Allen Matkins on

The California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in Lynch v. California Coastal Commission that two homeowners who obtained a coastal development permit (CDP) from the California Coastal Commission (Commission) to construct a...more

Motions For Leave to Renew: The Requirement Often Overlooked

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A motion for leave to renew must be based upon new evidence or a change in the law that would change the prior determination and must contain a reasonable justification for failure to present such facts on the prior motion....more

2016 Cook County Property Tax Assessment Trends

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

For the past eight years, Franczek Radelet has tracked property tax assessment data obtained from the Cook County Assessor's Office. Our data set begins in tax year 2009 when the classification ordinance was amended to...more

PA Supreme Court Limits School District Real Estate Tax Appeals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a long-awaited decision on a hotly debated issue, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has held that taxpayers whose apartment buildings were singled out for school district tax appeals have stated a valid claim that such...more

Audits of Multifamily Housing Bonds Triggered by Failure to File Form 8703

IRC Section 142(d) requires operators of qualified residential rental properties to file Form 8703, Annual Certification of a Residential Rental Project annually. A number of recent audits of multifamily housing bonds appear...more

The CFPB Finalizes Some, But Not All, Amendments to TRID

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently finalized various updates to its mortgage disclosure rule, often referred to as “Know Before You Owe” or the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID). The updates were...more

FHFA extends comment period for LEP RFI

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced that it has extended until July 31, 2017 the comment period on its Request for Input on improving language access in mortgage lending and servicing....more

FTC Weighs in on State Lawmaking on Appraisal Fees

Last month, the FTC staff sent a letter warning North Carolina’s General Assembly that a pending bill regarding the state’s real estate appraisal board could run afoul of competitive principles. The staff notes that it is...more

California Supreme Court Sides with Coastal Commission in Case Challenging Permit Conditions - Ruling Holds That Property Owners...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Lynch v. California Coastal Comm'n, __ Cal.5th __, No. S221980, 2017 WL 2871762, 2017 Cal. LEXIS 5054 (Cal. July 6, 2017), the Supreme Court of California held that the owners of bluff-top residences along the California...more

2017 Oakland Real Estate Market Survey Results

On May 9, 2017, attendees of Bisnow’s “Oakland Multifamily & Mixed-Use Rise and Expansion 2017” event were asked to respond to several questions regarding overall perception of how their business is doing under current market...more

CFPB updates HMDA guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has updated the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act guidance that is available on its resource webpage for HMDA filers.  Updates were made to the Technology Preview, the Filing Instruction Guides for both data collected in...more

Mortgage Servicer’s Transfer Notice Violates FDCPA

Mortgage servicers need to carefully review their Transfer Notices when the debt is in default at the time of transfer. In an unpublished decision, the Eastern District of New York recently held that a “Notice of Servicing...more

Federal Court Retains Jurisdiction Over Action Stayed For Arbitration, Pre-Empting State Court

by Carlton Fields on

Following Davis’s filing of a federal lawsuit alleging state malpractice and breach of contract claims, as well as federal Fair Housing Act and Civil Rights Act claims, the Court ordered the action be stayed pending...more

CFPB Finalizes Amendments to TRID Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released final amendments to its “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule, which is also known as the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule (TRID), on July 7, 2017. As...more

Federal Appeals Court Rules Mortgage Underwriters Owed Overtime for Work in Excess of 40 Hours in Workweek

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision last week holding that mortgage underwriters are not exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The July 6 decision, which furthers a...more

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