Housing Affairs Letter


Surge In Eminent Domain Legislation

Lawmakers in three states confront the political vagaries of eminent domain law as the new legislative sessions begin. Idaho, Montana and North Carolina launch their efforts eight years after the U.S. Supreme Court in Kelo v. New London upended decades of legal precedent by allowing government to seize private property for private profit and

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(PROPERTY TAKING) Landowners Fight New Domain Law

Two energy firms seek talks with a group of landowners fighting Montana's new eminent domain law to resolve a property-taking impasse. The landowners sued, asking a state court to strike down HB 198 as

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(MORTGAGE SERVICER LICENSING) Must Licensing For Montana Servicers

Mortgage loan servicers must be licensed under a law adopted in the Montana legislature. The provisions of HB 90 take effect Oct. 1 under the renamed Montana Mortgage Act. The new law combines most of the

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(PROPERTY TAKING) Eminent Domain Law To Take Effect

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) says he will sign a bill granting clear eminent domain authority to utilities for development of transmission lines despite his reservations that the measure was written by energy

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(VANDALISM) Vandals Sabotage New Public Housing

Two of three new buildings containing 37 affordable rental apartments sustained thousands of dollars in damages after vandals opened pipes, drenching 11 of the units in the structures in

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Day One: Live From NAHB's National Green Conference

Nat'l Assn. of Home Builders officials hoped to ride the growing wave of green awareness to a record response at its Nat'l Green Building Conference in New Orleans. With several of its education sessions overflowing, it appears NAHB's wish for high attendance at the event is coming true.

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Section 202 Housing for Elderly

HUD is making grant funding available for its Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program. The deadline for applications is July 10, 2008. The award ceiling is $431.706 million.

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