Housing Advocates Are Prevailing in Court on Policy Issues
Thanks to a major push by NAHB in recent years, the home builders of America are finally starting to get their day in court and prevailing on issues that hold major repercussions for the cost of housing.
With good reason, nobody wants to become embroiled in a lawsuit if they can help it. The legal process can be long and drawn-out and brutally expensive, and there are no guarantees that you will prevail even when the facts are on your side. But there are times when legal action is the only remedy. Unfortunately, lawsuits are the only language that many of our government regulators and bureaucrats understand.
Environmental and anti-growth groups understood the power of lawsuits a lot earlier than we did, and they often trounced us in court. By working overtime, however, we have caught up with the opposition. Increasingly, our arguments on behalf of a common-sense and fair approach to decisions affecting housing affordability are prevailing. NAHB is flexing its muscle so that its members are protected in federal, state and local courts. On major concerns to the housing industry, the tide is turning — and that is working to the great benefit of families who are seeking to buy homes at prices they can afford.
Ordinarily a fairly sleepy time for news affecting the housing industry, this summer has been an exception, and several court decisions have spelled success or suggested further challenges for home builders in the legislative arena: