New Fair Housing Act Regulations Become Effective October 14, 2016

Written by: on Friday, September, 23rd, 2016

Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released final regulations related to quid pro quo and hostile environment housing claims under the Fair Housing Act.  Some of the new regulations which go into effect on October 14, 2016 may impact your association.  Below is a summary of those key provisions but [Read More...]

Ham Radio Antennas – Associations Have To Allow Them, But Have Some Control

Written by: on Thursday, September, 15th, 2016

During the 2015-2016 federal legislative season, the Ham Radio lobby introduced H.R. 1301, a bill which seeks to prohibit associations from banning Ham Radio antennas in their communities.  As originally proposed HR 1301 was detrimental to an association’s control over aesthetics, placement and prior approval with respect to Ham Radio antennas.  In response to the [Read More...]

FHA Temporary Condo Project Approval Guidelines Get another Extension

Written by: on Saturday, August, 27th, 2016

On September 13, 2012, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued Mortgagee Letter: 2012-18, which put in place temporary condominium project approval guidelines that modified the existing FHA condominium approval policy requirements.  The changes included, but are not limited to: a revised definition of proposed construction; a revised definition of newly converted condominiums; [Read More...]

FHA Condominium Approvals are Officially Modernized!

Written by: on Tuesday, August, 2nd, 2016

By now, it is no secret that the FHA certification and recertification processes are not overly friendly and considered by most to be overwhelming, burdensome, complicated, and confusing.  There are other “colorful” adjectives that have been used in the industry to describe these processes that will not be repeated in this blog.  Nevertheless, the public [Read More...]

Senate Passes FHA Reforms Regarding Condominiums

Written by: on Wednesday, July, 20th, 2016

Contrary to its past position on FHA lending guidelines for condominiums, last Friday (July 15, 2016) the Senate passed the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HR 3700) , and it is now sitting on President Obama’s desk for signature. The Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act has three major components including amendments to (i) the Section [Read More...]