Business Law

Affordable Housing

Preti Flaherty’s Affordable Housing Practice Group operates at the complex intersection of business, real estate, and tax law. Circumstances may change, but the goals of affordable housing developers remain the same: sustainable economic development, community revitalization, and safe and affordable housing for populations in need. Success in an environment of constantly evolving market forces, such as government incentive programs, zoning and land use issues, and challenging economic conditions, demands innovative legal strategy to get the job done.

A Framework Built for the Future

Working both regionally and nationally, we handle major transactions for nonprofit and for-profit developers, lenders, equity investors, and state and local housing authorities.  Our Affordable Housing Group provides a wide range of services, including:

  • 9% and 4% Low-income housing tax credit financing
  • Tax-exempt bond financing
  • Historic tax credit financing
  • Project-based Section 8 transactions
  • Community Development Block Grants
  • HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) conversions
  • Construction and permanent mortgage loans and syndications
  • Federal and state subsidies
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Multi-family housing and community development transactions
  • Senior housing transactions
  • Property acquisitions and sales
  • Limited partner dispositions
  • Sale/leasebacks
  • Ground and space leases and condominiums
  • Property tax exemptions, abatements and PILOTs
  • Legislative and agency approvals and permitting
  • Land-use matters (zoning, site plan approval, special permits, and subdivisions)
  • Environmental matters
  • Title matters
  • Rental housing operations matters, including Fair Housing and lead-based paint compliance

The attorneys that make up Preti Flaherty’s Affordable Housing Group are actively and proudly involved in various organizations supporting affordable housing in New England, including the Northern New England Housing Investment Fund, the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition and the Maine Real Estate Development Association.

On a Foundation of Results

We have a demonstrated record of success working with financing authorities to secure historic results for our clients. Our tax attorneys were instrumental in obtaining first-of-its-kind financing for renovations to 40 senior housing units under Maine’s expanded tax credit program. We took the lead in coordinating the financing, acquisition, leasing, and tax structuring related to a $30 million-tax exempt bond financing provided by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority to assure the expansion, refurbishment, and sustainability of seven senior housing complexes. Our team serves as trusted advisors and general counsel to small and large-scale affordable housing developers across New England and maintains strong relationships with local, state, and national housing and finance agencies.  

The connections we have cultivated and our creativity in working with a combination of financing vehicles are the key factors our clients need to overcome the challenges presented by regulatory and economic forces to see their projects through to completion.

Firm Highlights

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The Latest from OSHA on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at Work

On the tails of updated guidance from other agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") released new pandemic-related guidance last month. This guidance was issued on June 10, 2021...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys to our Boston, Massachusetts, office: Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes. Angelica joins the firm as an Associate in our Environmental Practice...

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Preti Flaherty Attorneys Sig Schutz and Alex Harriman Assist with Amicus Brief in Defense of Maine's Anti-SLAPP Law

Serving as counsel for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and 14 other news media organizations, Preti Flaherty attorneys Sigmund Schutz and Alexandra Harriman filed with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court a...

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Legislative Alert: Maine Legislature Adjourns!

The First Special Session of the 130 th Legislature finally adjourned on Monday night, July 19 th . As many of you may remember, the First Regular Session ended in March 30th when the...

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Escalation Clause: An escape from the price-spike trap

Anyone in real estate development would have to be living under a rock not to know about skyrocketing lumber and material prices in the “post”-pandemic world. Pre-pandemic, the average cost for 1,000 board feet...

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How to Avoid Misclassifying Your Employees Under the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act

What criteria are necessary to classify someone as an independent contractor and how can employers avoid misclassification and the repercussions that come with it? In this article, Preti Flaherty attorney and Mainebiz guest columnist John...

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Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...

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Maine’s Exemption Laws Are Changing

In March of this year, Representative Denise Tepler (D. Topsham) introduced “An Act To Increase the Value of Property Exempt from Attachment and Execution,” LD 737, which sought to dramatically change Maine’s exemption scheme. ...

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Fifteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...