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Chicago Affordable Housing Ordinance Passes: Key Provisions, Key Requirements
Posted on 4 May 2015 by DLA Piper

By Theodore J. Novak , Richard F. Klawiter , Paul W. Shadle , Mariah F. DiGrino , David L. Reifman , Jesse W. Dodson , Katherine C. Jahnke Dale , Daniel Kraft Chicago’s City Council has approved an amendment to the existing affordable housing... Read More

The Year in Review: Ten Environmental and Land Use Cases from 2011
Posted on 2 Feb 2012 by Daniel P. Selmi

In this Analysis, Daniel P. Selmi discusses trends over the last year in environmental and land use case law from California appellate courts and the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals involving appeals from district courts in California. He writes... Read More

The Housing Court: Coming To A Town Near You?
Posted on 12 Feb 2015 by Vetstein Law Group, P.C.

Legislation Set To Expand Housing Court Statewide About 30% of people in Massachusetts do not have access to the state’s Housing Court — one of Massachusetts’ specialized courts handling landlord-tenant disputes, evictions and... Read More

Say It Aint So: Slate Declares McMansions Dead
Posted on 27 May 2011 by Peter J. Gallagher

In a move that will forever change the opening montage of the Sopranos, Real Houswives of New Jersey, and Mob Wives (yes, I have watched these last two), Slate is heralding " The Death Of The McMansion ." The article notes that the "the... Read More

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HUD Adopts New Accessibility Standard
Posted on 24 Jun 2014 by Ballard Spahr LLP

On May 23, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced its adoption, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], of an alternative accessibility standard for construction and alteration of housing and other facilities... Read More

The (Not-So) Hidden Risks of RIDEA Investment Structures
Posted on 24 Jun 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

Many Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) have embraced the REIT Investment Diversification and Empowerment Act (RIDEA) structure for their senior housing asset investments. Non-REIT institutional investors sometimes employ similar structures; however... Read More

Recent Changes to Real Estate-Related Laws Reflect Continuing Housing Woes
Posted on 12 Jan 2012 by Andrea Lee Negroni, Esq. and Mary M. Pfaff

By Andrea Lee Negroni, Esq. and Mary M. Pfaff The continuing downdraft in the housing economy has stimulated adoption of a wide variety of consumer protection provisions in real estate laws and statutory requirements for accountability by lenders,... Read More

Chicago City Council Introduces Draft Affordable Housing Ordinance Amendment
Posted on 12 Feb 2015 by DLA Piper

By David L. Reifman , Richard F. Klawiter , Paul W. Shadle , Jesse W. Dodson , and Daniel Kraft , Attorneys, DLA Piper Chicago’s City Council has introduced a proposed amendment to the existing affordable housing ordinance (the 2015 ARO) which... Read More

HUD Guidance Addresses Housing Choice Voucher Funding Shortfalls, Tenant Protection Vouchers
Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By the Ballard Spahr LLP Housing Group The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently issued guidance for implementing its fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget for Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), including requirements for obtaining... Read More

Ballard Spahr LLP: ‘Testers’ Target Maryland Landlords for Possible Race Bias in Rentals
Posted on 19 Mar 2012 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Michael W. Skojec A recent federal lawsuit brought by a Maryland equal housing advocacy group should serve as a warning to owners of apartment complexes in counties across the State of Maryland that they, too, may soon be secretly investigated... Read More

Boston Cracking Down On Overcrowded Undergraduate Student Housing
Posted on 2 Apr 2015 by Vetstein Law Group, P.C.

By Rich Vetstein City Universities Providing ISD With Addresses of Student Apartments In the coming weeks, some Boston college students living off-campus and their landlords may be greeted by city inspection officers at their doors. Shrugging... Read More

Is "Buyer Beware" Alive and Well? An Overview of Massachusetts Real Estate Disclosure Law--Caveat Emptor: “Let The Buyer Beware”
Posted on 23 Jun 2011 by Vetstein Law Group, P.C.

By Richard D. Vetstein, ESQ Caveat Emptor is an old common law rule which means "Let the Buyer Beware." In plain English, it means that home buyers are on their own when it comes to the condition of the property. If there is a defect of any... Read More

Good Deeds Still Going Punished? (Dragas Part III)
Posted on 23 Jun 2011 by Christopher G. Hill

If you recall, a bit over a year ago I posted regarding the Builders Mut. Ins. Co. v. Dragas Management Corp. litigation in the Eastern District of Virginia federal court. [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] Back in May of 2010, the... Read More