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June 25, 2020

Many states and cities, including Seattle and the State of Washington, have laws against source of income discrimination meaning a property owner cannot choose to reject an applicant based on where his income comes from as long as it is a lawful source. Source-of-income discrimination has been documented by researchers, and advocates say it creates […]

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The cornerstone of the Public Housing Authority’s (PHA) Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, the Housing Assistance Payments Contract & Tenancy Addendum (HAP), can often be complicated. For rental property owners who choose to travel along the road that leads to the Land of HAP; the journey can be curvy, rocky and full of tolls… Read […]

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The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to make housing decisions based on seven protected classes: race, color, sex, national origin, religion, handicap or familial status. While the federal law sets the minimum protections, states and localities can add additional protected classes. In recent years, largely in an effort to address the nation’s growing affordable […]

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June 24, 2020

It’s official! The Type A Units code change has been accepted and is now available for use as an Alternate Method until January 1, 2021.  At that time, it officially becomes part of the NC Code. The method of calculating Type A units for multifamily projects in North Carolina is now similar to the 2012 […]

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North Carolina homeowners and renters could get up to $9,000 in mortgage and rent assistance grants through a new $200 million fund discussed Tuesday in the House. People could also get utility assistance through the program, which would be funded using federal coronavirus stimulus dollars. There are various income caps and a $1,000-a-month, nine-month maximum… […]

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It was once expected to span four days, bring in 50,000 people and pump more than $150 million into Charlotte’s economy. Now the Republican National Convention will last just a single day in Charlotte before moving on. Around 336 delegates will conduct the convention’s official business Monday, Aug. 24. Then they’ll head to another city […]

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Charlotte, which lost most of the Republican National Convention last week, could get part of the Democratic convention, CNN reported Thursday.  CNN said Charlotte is among a handful of cities being considered for “smaller gatherings” associated with the convention.  Like Charlotte, the other cities it named — Detroit, Philadelphia and Phoenix — are all in battleground… Read […]

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The top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced the Reopening America by Supporting Workers and Businesses Act of 2020. This bill will help local businesses rebuild their workforce quickly by turning these unemployment benefits into a back-to-work bonus that will provide a bump to workers and help accelerate our […]

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More than 150 million Americans are eligible for CARES Act stimulus money  The CARES Act was (and still is) a groundbreaking piece of legislation that apportioned $2.2 trillion to aid hospitals, distressed industries, small businesses, the unemployed, working Americans, and even senior citizens receiving Social Security, face the economic hardships that come with shutting down […]

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The outbreak of COVID-19 is making it more difficult and more expensive to run elections.  In March, state elections officials asked the General Assembly for relief, both in the form of funding and some tweaked laws to make running elections during the pandemic easier. The N.C. House passed a bipartisan election bill Thursday afternoon that […]

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