According to DCHD records, 42 cities and towns have now adopted smart growth zoning, covering over 2,300 acres which can accommodate 22,213 dwelling units. But so far only about 3,750 dwelling units have been built or permitted, an increase of about 1,250 units since 2014.
A failed wet sprinkler system in a South Boston luxury apartment building spawned a case showing courts are unlikely to entertain buyers’ suits against sellers for defects discovered after closing.
While the Boston market holds interest for co-living project operators, the city presents challenges from a regulatory perspective. Boston’s zoning code is complicated, with many neighborhoods, in effect, having their own zoning ordinances.
By neglecting to raise a key, compelling point in Land Court, a Dorchester landlord may have lost a case it could have otherwise won.
A recent Falmouth case shows property owners face big odds if they try to bring a lawsuit over a “regulatory taking.”