The Legal Action Committee recently picked three new cases to support. The committee provides financial assistance for litigation that has significance for the association, including cases relevant to the practice of real estate, the operation of associations, the ownership and use of real estate, and private property rights.
We asked attorney P. Steven Russell III of Portland, Ore., some questions concerning the recent settlement of the fair housing complaint brought against the Portland MLS by the Fair Housing Council of Oregon and the implications for other MLSs. Russell represented the MLS in the case. Here are his comments.
Last December, President Clinton signed into law an amendment to the federal Fair Housing Act clarifying which housing projects qualify for "55 and over" status and, therefore, are exempt from provisions of the Fair Housing Act that prohibit discrimination against families with children.
Lead paint regulations call for disclosure of known lead-based paint hazards in connection with the sale or rental of dwelling units built before 1978. Owners of one to four residential dwelling units will have to comply with the regulations starting Dec. 6, 1996. Those who own properties with more than four dwelling units will have to comply beginning Sept. 6, 1996.