Issues & Legislation

Hot Topic Alert – Source of Income as a Protected Class

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More than four decades after Congress passed the Fair Housing Act, fair housing issues remain critical to the pursuit of strong, sustainable, and inclusive communities. As the law develops, new issues are brought into focus.

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From OAR: Common questions about Ohio’s ‘Good Funds’ law about wire transfers

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The change to the “good funds” law was initiated by the Ohio Land Title Association and was supported by lenders and credit unions. These amendments were sought as a result of numerous instances of escrow agents receiving fraudulent money orders and cashier’s checks. According to OLTA, this legislation is designed to protect consumers from fraud, preserve the integrity of funds that are held and disbursed in a real estate transaction, and to create efficiency for service providers.

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An Update from Cuyahoga County Councilman Dale Miller

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The below is an update provided by Cuyahoga Councilman Dale Miller. 

Dear Friends,

On Tuesday, April 12th, County Council passed a very significant piece of legislation that will assist with the MetroHealth Hospital Campus Transformation Project.  This

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OAR Call for Action: Help Reform Ohio’s municipal tax policies

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Earlier this month Gov. John Kasich unveiled his Fiscal Years ’18-’19 Ohio budget. In an ongoing effort to reform the state’s tax policies and make Ohio a more attractive place to do business the Governor has proposed a positive change to our municipal income tax collection system.

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Maple Heights Waives Escrow Requirement for 2017

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According to a press release from Maple Heights:

The Maple Heights City Council passed an Ordinance at their regular Council Meeting on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, waiving for the period January 2, 2017 through December 31,

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