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October 2, 2015: Register Now for Upcoming NHLP Webinars!
Mark your calendars for two upcoming NHLP webinars on the housing rights of domestic violence survivors who are limited English proficient and the housing rights of survivors with disabilities.
October 1, 2015: Our own Senior Attorney Jim Grow is quoted in this Chicago Defender story: "HUD orders Chicago housing complex to correct security problems"
Housing advocates said this set up keeps HUD too far removed from problems facing tenants in properties like Concordia Place, even though HUD pays its owner $3.2 million each year in rent subsidies.
“HUD would say, take those problems to the contract administrator,” said James Grow, Deputy Director of the San Francisco-based National Housing Law Project. “But tenants don’t always know who the contract administrator is. So, in some ways, it’s disingenuous for HUD to say this without a much more robust information campaign [for residents].”
September 30, 2015: August-September Housing Law Bulletin Explains the Recent HUD Portability Rule
The August-September 2015 issue of the Housing Law Bulletin features an article that summarizes and analyzes HUD's long-awaited final portability rule. The rule, which went into effect on September 21, 2015, aims to streamline the portability process for housing authorities while lessening the burden on families who participate in the Housing Choice Voucher program. The issue also includes summaries of recent housing cases, notices, and regulations.
September 24, 2015: Seattle Rent Control Resolution
In a move that could have significant implications for the duty to affirmative further fair housing, the City of Seattle has declared a Washington anti-rent control statute, RCW 35.21.830, to be an impediment to fair housing in the city, and urging the state to repeal or modify the statute. The statute is a broad and total preemption on municipal rent regulations and declares that “[n]o city or town of any class may enact, maintain, or enforce ordinances or other provisions which regulate the amount of rent to be charged for single-family or multiple-unit residential rental structures or sites…”
September 4, 2015: Advocate Alert: Rural Development Rental Housing Residents Facing Illegal Rent Increases!
Large numbers of very low-income residents of Rural Development (RD) rental (Section 515) and farm labor (Section 514) housing who receive Rental Assistance (RA) subsidies have gotten, or are about to get, 30-day notices of rent increases from their landlords.
August 5, 2015: NHLP's New Domestic Violence Webpage
NHLP's updated domestic violence and housing webpage includes VAWA 2013 implementation materials; an updated list of VAWA cases, and new resource packets.
July 31, 2015: June-July Bulletin Provides Updates Regarding USDA, HUD Responses to Mortgage Maturity
The June-July issue of the Housing Law Bulletin features two articles concerning how HUD and USDA are addressing the issue of mortgage maturity. Mortgage maturity, which results in the loss of affordability restrictions on subsidized units, can result in increased rent burdens for tenants or even displacement. Each article describes a recent notice, issued by HUD and USDA respectively, regarding maturing mortgages. The Bulletin also includes summaries of recent cases, notices, and regulations.
July 28, 2015: CA Real Property Journal publishes article by NHLP attorney on "Widows & Orphans" obtaining meaningful access to foreclosure alternatives
An article by former NHLP staff attorney Brittany McCormick was recently published in the California Real Property Journal. "The 'Widows & Orphans' Problem: The Improper Exclusion of Successors-in-Interest from the Loss Mitigation Process" explores the problems that arise when mortgage servicers refuses to work with homeowners who inherit property or receive it as part of a divorce settlement, but who are not borrowers on the mortgage note. When these titled homeowners seek loan modifications or foreclosure alternatives, they are often stonewalled by servicers that refuse to speak with them or to allow them to assume and modify the mortgage. The article traces the history of mortgage assumptions and acceleration clauses and reviews industry guidance governing how servicers should treat successors-in-interest.