California’s solar power requirement for new homes comes into effect

California now requires all newly constructed homes and low-rise apartment buildings to be equipped with rooftop solar panels, following a new law that came into effect January 1. It’s the first state in the U.S. to introduce such a regulation, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Under the new law, homes are also required to have

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California threatens to fine cities that don’t build enough homes

The state of California is trying to address housing shortages with a new bill that gives it the power to fine cities that don’t build enough new homes. Cities in the state could face fines of up to $600,000 per month if they don’t meet building targets, lawmakers said. Under the bill, courts will be

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Realtors protest new 1-bedroom law in Brunswick, Ohio

City officials in Brunswick, Ohio, are proposing a controversial new rule that would require all adult renters to have their own bedrooms, unless they’re related.

Ex-homeowners missing out on foreclosure cash

What with surging real estate values in many parts of the U.S., some foreclosed homes are netting more than what the lender is owed on the property.

Texas court blocks federal overtime law, impacts on real estate industry

The real estate industry has been given a temporary reprieve from new rules due to come into effect Dec. 1 that could potentially increase labor costs for employers.

New Law Allows California Landlords to Restrict Smoking

The Smokefree Housing Law (SB 332) went into effect in California on January 1, 2012, giving multifamily property owners and managers the power to prohibit smoking in rental units. Like many of the public smoking bans in the areas across the United States, the Smokefree Housing Law is aimed at curbing secondhand smoke. Although many

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New Pennsylvania Law Aimed at Fighting Blight

A new law in Pennsylvania is aimed at taking action against owners of blighted buildings.  The state legislature signed the Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act into law on October 27, 2010, and it officially went into affect today. Under the new law, those properties that are deemed to be in severe violation of building

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