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SPOA Newsletter September/October 2020

Given the onslaught of political and economic issues affecting housing providers in 2020, we’re making the September/October 2020 edition of the SPOA Newsletter — a benefit of SPOA membership typically available to members only — available to everyone who visits … Read More “SPOA Newsletter September/October 2020”

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Tenant right to counsel: Sounds nice. Destroys housing.

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Tenant right to counsel: A fast way to crush small landlords

 A major push is being made nationwide for a “right to counsel” for indigent tenants – in other words, free lawyers for poor tenants – along with a nationwide push for more taxpayer-funded “affordable housing.” These two government programs … Read More “Tenant right to counsel: A fast way to crush small landlords”

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What is IOLTA?

The hidden tax system that funds legal services

On a typical day, more than $5 billion sits in trust accounts opened by lawyers for their clients’ funds (for example, down payments on home purchases being held “in escrow”). That gigantic … Read More “What is IOLTA?”

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U.S. Supreme Court says ’no’ to IOLTA

A major victory.

In a major victory that could undercut funding for free lawyers for tenants, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the interest collected by attorneys on escrow accounts (called “IOLTA”) belongs to the attorneys’ clients, not … Read More “U.S. Supreme Court says ’no’ to IOLTA”

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