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HUD publishes final Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool

On December 31, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Assessment Tool. The AFFH Assessment Tool is for use by local...more

DOJ Reaches $145,000 Settlement Over Access of Emotional Support Animal to University Housing

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Kent State University (KSU) reached a $145,000 settlement over claims of discrimination under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) on January 4, 2016. In 2014, DOJ initiated a lawsuit against...more

Redlining Cases In 2015 And A New Discrimination Standard

Limited access to mortgage credit for credit-impaired and low- and moderate-income (and, therefore, disproportionately minority) borrowers has become a significant public policy challenge in the post-financial crisis era....more

New Loan Limits for 2016 Announced by FHA

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced the 2016 Nationwide Forward Mortgage Limits in Mortgagee Letter 2015-30 and the 2016 Nationwide Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) limits in Mortgagee Letter 2015-29...more

Mortgage Company Resolves DOJ Allegations of False Claims Act Violations

On December 2, a Tennessee mortgage company agreed to pay the United States $70 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act. According to the DOJ, the company, acting as a direct endorsement lender,...more

Department of Housing and Urban Development Announces $10 million in Grants for Choice Neighborhoods, Which Now Covers...

Today’s publication of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) marks a key milestone in both the White House’s ConnectHome and Broadband Opportunities...more

FHA Submits Annual Report to Congress, Capital Reserves Exceed 2%

On November 16, HUD released FHA’s annual report to Congress on the financial condition of its Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund. For the first time since 2008, the report shows that FHA’s MMI fund’s capital ratio exceeds...more

Inclusive Communities And Disparate Impact Under The Fair Housing Act

In its recent Inclusive Communities decision the Supreme Court held (5-4) that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act. The authors discuss disparate impact prior to the case, HUD’s disparate impact...more

Mortgage Lender Settles Disability-Based Discrimination Complaint

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) has announced its successful negotiation of a “conciliation agreement” between the parties to a lawsuit alleging...more

Municipal Legal News: Volume 1, Number 2 November 2015

Employment Requirements for Building Officials - The Michigan Attorney General has interpreted a recent law requiring municipal building officials to be “employed” by a municipality to mean that building officials cannot...more

HUD Proposes to "Formalize" Definitions of Harassment and Expand Fair Housing Act Liability

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a proposed rule that aims to "formalize standards for use in investigations and adjudications involving alleged harassment on the basis of race, color,...more

Summary of HUD's LEAN 232 Program Email Blast Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF) October 30, 2015

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the LEAN Email Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper Hamilton are providing this quick synopsis of the latest LEAN update. Our aim...more

Reporting for Duty: HMDA Regs Finalized

Why it matters Reporting requirements for financial institutions under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) regulations were finalized by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), with most provisions of the...more

TRID's Closing Disclosure

On October 3, 2015, the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule (TRID) went into effect. The rule sought to streamline and clarify some of the overlapping and confusing language on the two different disclosure forms...more

HUD Proposes “Quid Pro Quo” Rule to Amend FHA Regulations

On October 21, HUD announced a proposed rule that would formalize the standards for evaluating harassment claims in housing or housing-related transactions under the FHA. The rule – “Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Environment...more

HUD Publishes Withdrawal of Proposed Rule Limiting FHA Insurance Claim Period

On October 16, HUD’s FHA published a notice of partial withdrawal of its July 6 proposed rule to limit the time frame in which FHA-approved lenders must file insurance claims for benefits. The July 6 proposal would have...more

Are Disparate Impact Claims Legally Cognizable Under ECOA?

In Texas Dep’t of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, 135 S. Ct. 2507 (2015), the Supreme Court held that disparate impact claims are legally cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”). As a...more

Risk Retention and RMBS

Effective December 24, 2015, all securitizations of residential mortgage loans (RMBS), both public and private, will be subject to the Credit Risk Retention Rule (the “Rule”).[1] The Rule was promulgated on December 24, 2014,...more

HUD Revises Its Notice to Occupants of Pending Acquisition

Effective November 1, 2015, all FHA-Approved Mortgagees and Single Family Servicing Managers (Mortgagee) must use the updated version of the Notice to Occupants of Pending Acquisition (NOPA). The Department of Housing and...more

HUD Charges Colorado Landlords with Violations of the Fair Housing Act

On October 7, HUD announced a September 24 Charge of Discrimination against a group of Colorado landlords for allegedly “steering” families with children to apartments located at the rear end of the apartment building, an...more

TRID: New Requirements for Real Estate Closing Disclosures Are Here, Will There be A Grace Period?

It’s finally here. Over the weekend, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) long awaited and oft delayed integration of the disclosures required by the Federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Real Estate...more

HUD, FDIC, and U.S. Attorney File Suit Against Mortgage Lending Companies

On September 28, HUD, the FDIC, and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York filed suit against a non-profit housing counseling corporation and certain mortgage lenders for allegedly running a scheme to defraud...more

Owner of Mortgage Company Sentenced to Serve More Than 11 Years for Role in $64 Million Mortgage Fraud Operation

On September 24, the DOJ released a statement regarding the sentencing of the owner of a Florida mortgage company for allegedly organizing a mortgage fraud scheme. In July 2015, the owner, along with his business partner and...more

Have You Considered A Reverse Mortgage?

Are you at least 62 years of age and have 50% or more equity in your primary residence? Then the reverse mortgage, also referred to as a home equity conversion mortgage, is something you might want to think about. Reverse...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects FCA Case Based On Purported Improper Legal Billings

Although litigants frequently contend that the opposing party’s arguments are without factual or legal support, it is uncommon and unconventional for a litigant to contend that the opposing party has violated the FCA by...more

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