On September 14, 2016, HUD issued the final rule entitled Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Environment Harassment and Liability for Discriminatory Housing Practices Under the Fair Housing Act .
This final rule amends HUD’s fair housing regulations to:
- Formalize definitions of ‘‘quid pro quo harassment’’ and ‘‘hostile environment harassment’’ under the Fair Housing Act;
- Formalize standards for evaluating claims of quid pro quo and hostile environment harassment under the Fair Housing Act;
- Add illustrations of prohibited quid pro quo and hostile environment harassment to HUD’s existing Fair Housing Act regulations; and,
- Identify traditional principles of direct and vicarious liability applicable to all discriminatory housing practices under the Fair Housing Act, including quid pro quo and hostile environment harassment.
A further summary and the full text of the final rule are available after the jump.
Continue reading HUD Issues Final Rule Related to “Hostile Environment Harassment” Under the Fair Housing Act
What happens to land proffered during development that is not used by the locality? Usually, nothing.
In 2003 Fredericksburg proffered (required the developer give to the City) a 27-acre site for use as a high school during the development of The Village of Idlewild. Instead of building a new school on the site, the City rebuilt its James Monroe High School on the existing property.
Now, the City owns several vacant lots within the Village of Idlewild and community association volunteer leaders are asking city officials to put at least one of the lots to better use – to build a park for use by City residents.
Continue reading Virginia – Fredericksburg Association requests City utilize undeveloped, profferred land
The Leesburg Department of Public Works and Capital Projects will hold a Public Works Open House for representatives from residential community management companies and officers of HOAs. The open house will be held in the lower level meeting rooms at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center Wednesday, April 6
On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, the Leesburg Department of Public Works and Capital Projects will host an open house for community management firms and community association volunteer leaders.
Continue reading Virginia – Leesburg Public Works Dept. to Offer Forum for Volunteer Leaders and Management Firms
HB 1146 Local permitting or licensure; consent of common interest community association prohibited
Virginia House Bill 1146 was approved by Governor McAuliffe on Monday, becoming effective July 1, 2016.
House Bill 1146 prohibits a locality from requiring consent of a condominium unit owners association or property owners’ association prior to the issuance of a permit, certificate, or license, including a building permit or a business license.
Continue reading Virginia – McAuliffe Signs Delegate Hope’s House Bill 1146
A condominium unit owners association in Virginia Beach was the subject of a news story yesterday (link after the jump) for suspending the right of a Unit Owner to use utility services (water) provided by the association for non-payment of assessments.
Section 55-79.80:2 A of the Virginia Condominium Act and Section 55-513 B of the Virginia Property Owners’ Association Act provide authority for community associations to:
suspend a unit owner’s right to use facilities or services, including utility services, provided directly through the unit owners’ association for nonpayment of assessments which are more than 60 days past due…
Continue reading Virginia – Early Communication from Owner Critical to Avoid Consequences of Non-payment of Assessments (UPDATED)
Although statistical data shows the battle against zombie mortgages (A property becomes a zombie when a creditor initiates foreclosure and the homeowner vacates then home. When the creditor fails to complete the foreclosure, title to the real property remains with the original homeowner, leaving the ownership “half dead” and “half living”) is being won nationwide, abandoned lots, vacant units and zombie properties continue to have negative impacts on communities throughout the United States (unkempt proprties, maintenance issues, rodents, unpaid assessments and lack of community spirit).
Through vigilance, community associations can effectively address conditions caused by these zombie properties.
Continue reading National – Vigilance is Key in Addressing Abandoned Lots and “Zombie” Mortgages