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Federal – Obama signs H.R. 3700, Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act

The Community Associations Institute Government Affairs Blog reports here that President Obama has signed H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act, making the Act federal law.

According to the patron, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (MO-03), the legislation includes provisions to:

  • Ensure that veterans have fair access to housing and homeless assistance programs.
  • Authorize the Rural Housing Service single family housing guaranteed loan program to delegate approval authority to preferred lenders.
  • Extend the period for which a family could use a family unification housing voucher and increase the ceiling for the Family Unification Program voucher age requirement.
  • Provide a thoughtful limitation on public housing tenancy for over-income residents.

And, as reported previously, H.R. 3700 reforms the process used by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to determine if condominium unit owners qualify for a mortgage with FHA insurance (FHA does not originate mortgage loans, but instead insures mortgages against default).

The full text of the bill is available after the jump.

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Virginia – A win for developers, new state proffer law frustrates Chesapeake

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A win for developers, new state proffer law frustrates Chesapeake

CHESAPEAKE Starting this summer, developers coming to the City Council with new projects may be able to offer significantly less in impact fees than their predecessors, under legislation signed by the governor this week. Senate Bill 549 updates Virginia’s rules on proffers – voluntary fees paid to a local government to offset the impact of development on infrastructure.

 

Virginia – Senate Bill 389 signed by Governor McAulliffe

SB 389 Local permitting or licensure; consent of common interest community association prohibited

Virginia Senate Bill 389 was approved by Governor McAuliffe on Monday, becoming effective July 1, 2016.

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Federal – HOME Act Introduced to Allow Tax Deduction for Certain Assessment

Helping Our Middle-Income Earners (HOME) Act

Yesterday, two members of the U.S. Representatives from California, Rep. Anna Eshoo and Rep. Mike Thompson introduced the Helping Our Middle-Income Earners (HOME) Act.  If passed, the HOME Act would allow certain homeowners to deduct up to $5,000 in qualified homeowners association assessments from their federal tax liability.

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Federal – Disaster Assistance Equity Act Promotes Fairness in Disaster Relief

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Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) introduced a legislative change to the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (“Stafford Act”) in October 2015 (HR 3863 – Disaster Assistance Equity Act).  HR 3863 provides that community associations are eligible for federal assistance following a disaster that would include debris removal and cleanup.

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Virginia – Proffer Reform Legislation (SB649) Passes House of Delegates

Restrictions on development proffers move closer to becoming law in Va.

Legislation that would restrict what local governments in Virginia can ask of home builders moved a step closer to becoming law Tuesday, despite heated opposition from officials in Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties. In a 72-26 vote, the state House of Delegates approved a version of the reforms to the state’s so-called proffer system that had already passed the Senate.

With some holdouts remaining, proffer bill again passes House

Major changes to the way local governments extract cash and other concessions from residential developers moved closer to becoming law Tuesday as the House of Delegates approved the Senate version of a bill to reform the state’s proffer system.

Proffer debate gets local attention

HANOVER – The Virginia General Assembly is moving forward with its attempt to revamp and revise state regulations on Virginia proffer guidelines.