July 2017

An informative e-newsletter for the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

“Substantial Burden”: Limits on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act

By Katelyn Young, Bodman PLC, Summer Associate

Congress enacted the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) to protect the fundamental right to religious freedom with respect to real property and land use. 42 U.S.C. § 2000cc. RLUIPA does not, however, provide religious institutions a blanket exemption from land-use regulations, nor does it create a cause of action regarding land use simply because a religious institution is involved.

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The Real Property Law Academy is Coming!

CLAThis fall, the Real Property Law Section is launching a new continuing education program, the Real Property Law Academy. The Academy is modeled in large part after the successful Business Bootcamp held by the Business Law Section. The Academy is being taught by some of the most respected and experienced Michigan real estate attorneys. The goal is to provide a basic understanding of the most fundamental aspects of a real estate practice. The Academy is targeted for both real estate attorneys and other attorneys who will periodically encounter real estate issues.

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The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors, and they do not reflect in any way the positions of the State Bar of Michigan or the Real Property Law Section. These columns are meant for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with requirements imposed by the Internal Revenue Service, we inform you that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments) was not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by any person for the purpose of (i) avoiding tax-related penalties or (ii) promoting, marketing, or recommending to another person any transaction or matter addressed in this communication.