Consider Carefully The New Certification Required Under The Revised DC FP7

deedThe DC Recorder of Deeds announced today that it has revised the Real Property Recordation and Transfer Tax Form FP 7/C (herein “FP7C”).   The purpose of this revision was to “contain a self-certification of compliance with tax payment, … Read More

Maryland Court of Special Appeals: When A Foreclosure Sale Is Challenged

foreclosure (1)Noting that “in mortgage foreclosure law, as elsewhere, society’s interest in finality and repose is a weighty one,” in Devan v. Bomar the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled against a homeowner and found that her post-sale foreclosure challenge was … Read More

DC: Proposed Laws Challenge the Airbnb Model

airbnbVincent Orange, Councilmember of the D.C. Counsel has introduced two bills that would directly challenge the Airbnb business model.

The “Short Term Rental Regulation and Housing Protection Amendment Act of 2015” would establish a Special Enforcement Division with … Read More

D.C. Court of Appeals: TOPA Extensions Must Be Defined To Preserve Tenant Rights

TOPAIn an important new ruling construing the Tenants Opportunity to Purchase Act (“TOPA”), the D.C. Court of Appeals held on September 23, 2015, that extensions of the deadlines for a seller and a tenant association to negotiate a sales contract … Read More

Virginia Supreme Court Rejects Role of Juries in Title Insurance Bad Faith Claims

Virginia-Supreme-CourtIn a new opinion that merits review by anyone who underwrites title or defends title insurers in Virginia, a 6-1 majority of the Virginia Supreme Court held that Virginia Code sec. 38.2-209 requires that judges, not juries, make the determination … Read More