Housing

Palm Beach County is taking steps to combat South Florida's affordable housing problem. 

 

Two New Solar Co-ops Launch In South Miami

May 25, 2017

About 30 people dressed in yellow t-shirts gathered in front of South Miami City Hall Wednesday to announce the addition of two new solar co-ops in South Florida.

A solar co-op is a group of homeowners who team up to install solar panels on their rooftops and use solar energy. Together, they are able to negotiate lower prices by contracting with the lowest bidder. 

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The problem of affordable housing in affluent Collier County is crossing into southern Lee County, and communities like Bonita Springs and industry leaders in Southwest Florida are moving to address the growing housing crunch.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the city of Miami can sue some of the nation’s largest financial institutions over allegations that predatory lending practices in minority communities violated the Fair Housing Act and contributed to a real estate meltdown that nearly bankrupted the city.

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This week the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers hosts its annual Fair Housing Summit, this year is paying special attention to the federal Fair Housing Act, which states landlords cannot discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin when renting or selling a home. But how do these laws impact short-term rentals in Southwest Florida?

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