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Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

February 5, 2016

Friday’s Government Reports Roundup

By Shea Cunningham

The D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute released a report finding that more than half of D.C.’s public housing needs major renovation, estimating costs for upgrades and replacements at about $1.3 billion. The Commerce Department released a report at the end of … Continue reading

February 4, 2016

Thursday’s Advocacy & Think Tank Roundup

By Shea Cunningham

According to data from the federal Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey, educators must tailor support for the disadvantaged children in new environments (suburbs and small towns, as opposed to rural and inner-city areas) because they have different stressors and challenges. The … Continue reading

February 3, 2016

Wednesday’s Academic Roundup

By Shea Cunningham

Can Short-Term Rental Arrangements Increase Home Values?: A Case for Airbnb and Other Home Sharing Arrangements, Jamila Jefferson-Jones, The Cornell Real Estate Review, Vol. 13, June 2015. Residential Land Values in the Washington, DC Metro Area: New Insights from Big … Continue reading

February 2, 2016

Tuesday’s Regulatory & Legislative Roundup

By Shea Cunningham

The Federal Housing Administration has announced its new multifamily insurance rates, which show a reduction encouraging capital financing of affordable apartments.

February 1, 2016

Monday’s Adjudication Roundup

By Shea Cunningham

PNC Bank settled for $32.3 million to end class action suit alleging that the Bank overcharged homeowners for force-placed insurance. Renters in a class action sue Re/Max Holdings for allegedly stealing tenants’ rent payments and security deposits.

January 29, 2016

Friday’s Government Reports Roundup

By Shea Cunningham

The U.S. Conference of Mayors released its “Hunger and Homelessness Survey” in 22 cities. Even though the economy is improving, these is still many issues with hunger and homelessness. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its “Foreclosure Prevention Report” … Continue reading

January 28, 2016

Thursday’s Advocacy and Think Tank Roundup

By Shea Cunningham

Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Perspectives found that the “surge in new rental construction fails to meet need for low-cost housing” in its recent report, “America’s Rental Housing report.”