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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Beyond Maine’s Ban-the-Box Statute: Practical Employer Considerations

In five (5) days, Maine’s Fair Chance Employment Act goes into effect.  We originally summarized the objective and impact of that legislation in an alert posted on August 11, 2021 .  Now is the...

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Kenneth Rubinstein and Anthony Manhart to Present on Modifying AIA Contract Documents

AIA contract documents are the industry standard for managing contractual relationships in construction and design projects. Despite this widespread use, the contracts often contain holes and fail to protect the interests of particular clients...

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Legal Lunches: Workin' for the Weekend

Laura Rideout and John Cronan will participate in a panel discussion called "Workin' for the Weekend: Team Safety Including Wage & Hour, OSHA and Workers' Comp in a Post-COVID World" as a part of...

News

Nineteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2021 Super Lawyers

Nineteen Preti Flaherty attorneys have been selected for recognition by Super Lawyers , including eleven Rising Stars. Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers throughout the United States in more than 70 practice areas. Only five...

Press Coverage

The Maine Monitor Sues York County for Jail Call Records

On August 2, The Maine Monitor filed a lawsuit against York County, challenging the County's denial of reporter access to public records that may detail times it has recorded confidential conversations between defendants being held at the...

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Dan Walker to Present on Maine Cannabis Law and Policy at Cumberland Bar Association

Preti Flaherty attorney and Cannabis Business Group chair Dan Walker will present on the topic "Maine Cannabis Law and Policy: Review of Current Status and Updates to Maine’s Two Cannabis Programs – Medical and...

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Law360 Names Matt Warner 2021 Cannabis MVP

Preti Flaherty attorney and Cannabis Business Group member Matt Warner was recently named one of Law360's 2021 MVPs in the field of Cannabis. Matt distinguished himself with his pioneering work challenging medical marijuana residency...

Press Coverage

In Reversal, Maine CDC Will Allow "Advocacy Journalists" into Next COVID-19 Briefing

Following an announcement by Gov. Janet Mills, representatives from the Maine People's Alliance and the Maine Policy Institute will be allowed to attend and participate in the weekly livestream COVID-19 briefings presented by the Maine Center for Disease...

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Employees Who Refuse to Comply with a Mandatory Vaccination Policy are Generally Ineligible to Receive Unemployment Benefits

Following a nationwide spike in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, an increasing number of Maine private businesses and colleges have joined the healthcare industry in requiring workers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Vaccine...

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Legislative Alert: Special Session, Redistricting, and Cloture

The Legislature gathered for a Special Session last week, September 29 th , to vote on legislative redistricting. The final agreement passed successfully and with strong bipartisan support in both the House and the...