Real Estate

The Effects of Restrictive Covenants on Land Use

Zoning laws and ordinances are the chief method that local governments employ to regulate the use and development of property. Similar results can also be achieved by private persons or entities through the use of “restrictive covenants” sometimes called “covenants, conditions and restrictions” or “CC&R’s.” Restrictive Covenants A covenant is…

ILSFDA Protects Individuals from Land Sale Scams

Prompted by an increase in land sale scams in the 1960’s, Congress passed the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSFDA) in 1968. Administered by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the ILSFDA regulates transactions involving the sale or lease of undeveloped land through the U.S. Mail…

Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

Due to the nature of landlord-tenant relationships, it is not surprising that they can often become contentious. To prevent or address problems between landlords and their tenants, the federal government and many states have enacted laws which provide housing regulations. For example, the federal Fair Housing Act governs many rental…