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Say It Aint So: Slate Declares McMansions Dead

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 long recessionary cold-shower will dampen ...

Good Deeds Still Going Punished? (Dragas Part III)

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 Court dismissed a suit by a contractor that voluntarily...

Is "Buyer Beware" Alive and Well? An Overview of Massachusetts Real Estate Disclosure Law--Caveat Emptor: “Let The Buyer Beware”

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 kind, it becomes the buyer's problem, not the...

Recent Changes to Real Estate-Related Laws Reflect Continuing Housing Woes

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, real estate brokers, loan servicers, appraisers and...

The Year in Review: Ten Environmental and Land Use Cases from 2011

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: VII. Housing: A Rare Appearance for the "Anti...

Ballard Spahr LLP: ‘Testers’ Target Maryland Landlords for Possible Race Bias in Rentals

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 for possible bias in the handling of rental inquiries...

HUD Guidance Addresses Housing Choice Voucher Funding Shortfalls, Tenant Protection Vouchers

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 additional HCV funds due to shortfalls and for allocation...

HUD Adopts New Accessibility Standard

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 subject to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation...

The (Not-So) Hidden Risks of RIDEA Investment Structures

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, it is unclear whether the market fully appreciates...

The Housing Court: Coming To A Town Near You?

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 sanitary code enforcement. The unserved areas include...

Chicago City Council Introduces Draft Affordable Housing Ordinance Amendment

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, if passed, will change, and in most cases increase...

Boston Cracking Down On Overcrowded Undergraduate Student Housing

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 off privacy concerns, pursuant to a new city ordinance...

Chicago Affordable Housing Ordinance Passes: Key Provisions, Key Requirements

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 ordinance (the 2015 ARO) which will change, and...