As explained in this article, February legislation provides important tax relief to homeowners who faced foreclosure, short sales, or loan modifications in 2017. The Qualified Principal Residence Indebtedness exclusion that had expired after 2016 has been extended, allowing homeowners to continue excluding certain forgiven mortgage debt from taxable income.
Key to drafting a successful chapter 13 plan under the new Bankruptcy Rules is adding “nonstandard provisions” not found on the standardized forms. As set out in this article, NCLC now provides sample language for over thirty-five nonstandard provisions that attorneys can copy/paste into their plans.
Breazeale v. Victim Servs., Inc., 2017 WL 6601779 (9th Cir. Dec. 27, 2017) is an important decision with potentially broad consequences for litigation involving the commercialization of the criminal justice system. The court held that the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. § 1, et seq., does not apply to agreements between individuals and private contractors acting on behalf of the government, at...
National Housing Law Project Partners with National Consumer Law Center to host the Digital Green Book
National Housing Law Project (NHLP) has partnered with the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) to offer the 5th edition of HUD Housing Programs: Tenants’ Rights on NCLC’s digital library. NHLP has wanted to bring the Green Book online for years, but it took the expertise and generosity of NCLC. The new digital format will allow users to copy and paste text and citations, bookmark, highlight, and will provide live links to companion materials. The digital platform also makes the Green Book much more portable and available on cell phones and laptops. The digital format will allow NHLP to update the manual much more frequently, to fix inevitable errors and to provide to our readers even more extensive and accessible companion materials.