Housing Affairs Letter

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Reprieve For Online Vacation Rentals

Online short-term vacation rental platforms win a legal contest in the ongoing war between them and cities such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco trying to protect their affordable housing inventory, hotel and motel industries, and resulting tax revenues.

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Court Tosses Fair Housing Rule Lawsuit

A federal judge dismissed a legal challenge to HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s decision to delay and change the department’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, the Obama administration’s re-interpretation of the 1968 Fair Housing Act to close all enforcement

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Appeals Court: FHFA Unconstitutional

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt’s role is in question. Ten years after Congress approved the Housing & Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA), the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Federal Circuit declares the FHFA is unconstitutional.

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