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Vol. 44, Issue 7
The August issue of the Housing Law Bulletin provides an overview of recent legal developments concerning the issue of surviving spouses of reverse mortgage borrowers. Additionally, the Bulletin discusses how NHLP helped preserve a Rural Housing Service development in Paso Robles, California. Furthermore, this issue discusses recent settlements: the first between HUD and a domestic violence survivor who was denied housing because of the abuse committed against her, and the second between the Department of Justice and a California housing provider that banned children from playing in the common grassy areas of the property. The issue also includes brief updates on implementation surrounding the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. Finally, the issue features summaries...
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In the past year, two somewhat high-profile cases, Bennett v. Donovan and Plunkett v. Donovan, have shed light on what happens to surviving, non-borrowing spouses once their partner, the sole borrower of a reverse mortgage, passes away. In each case, the surviving spouse filed suit to prevent foreclosure on his or her home, initiated by the lender upon the death of the borrower...
On May 19, 2014, the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for Region I approved on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development two conciliation agreements addressing complaints made by a domestic violence survivor against housing providers in New Hampshire. The survivor alleged that the housing providers violated the federal Fair Housing Act by refusing to renew her lease...
This brief article provides updates for advocates concerning the implementation of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 by two federal agencies: USDA Rural Development has revised VAWA implementation in response to NHLP advocacy, and HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) has updated its VAWA certification form.
The Fair Housing Act (FHA), which prohibits housing discrimination in most types of housing, explicitly prohibits familial status discrimination. This type of discrimination occurs when a housing provider subjects families to differential or disadvantageous treatment because those families have children, or when a housing provider has policies that disproportionately impact families with...
The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) and California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) recently settled a potential lawsuit against an owner of a 60-unit subsidized Rural Housing Service (RHS) Section 515 rental development. The settlement addressed the development owner’s failure to comply with California laws requiring notice to residents of the owner’s intent to terminate the...
This section includes summaries of recent housing cases, notices, and regulations.