Free Speech Versus Fair Housing?
It’s a tough market out there for home buyers. So, hopeful home buyers are coming up with ways to stand out from the crowd. Some — many, these days — are writing “love letters” that flatter the sellers to persuade them to choose the letter writers as buyers.
Are these letters charming gestures that show diligence and smart thinking on the buyer’s part? Or do they cross a line? It all depends. But this year, Oregon said enough is enough. And it passed a bill to stop the buyers’ practice of writing to sellers in hopes of beating out their competition. The new law, House Bill 2550, is the first of its kind nationwide. Gov. Kate Brown has signed it. And it’s due to take effect on the first day of 2022.
But will it? Citing the right to free speech, a group has filed for a preliminary injunction to stop H.B. 2550.
Let’s take a look at what’s going on.Continue reading “Oregon Sued After Banning Buyers’ Love Letters”