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Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act

In 1968, Congress enacted the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act, 15 U.S.C.S. § 1701. In enacting the law, it was Congress’ purpose to eliminate fraud in interstate sales of land. Briefly stated, the law requires certain disclosures in connection with the sale of vacant land. Despite numerous challenges since its enactment, the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act has passed constitutional muster.

Scope

The law requires land developers to register subdivisions of 100 or more non-exempt lots with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and to provide each purchaser with a disclosure document known as a “Property Report.” The Property Report contains relevant information about the subdivision and must be delivered to each purchaser before the signing of the contract or agreement.

Exemptions

The law sets forth numerous exemptions from its scope. The exemptions include offerings that involve fewer than 25 lots that are part of a common promotional plan.

Statutory Construction

In interpreting the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act, courts have accorded the law a liberal construction in order to fully effectuate Congress’ purpose.

If you believe that your rights under the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act have been violated, you may send a complaint to:

Office of RESPA and Interstate Land Sales

Room 9146

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

451 7th Street, SW

Washington, DC 20410

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