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Blair L. Schiff

Blair L. Schiff is an associate in the Financial Services Practice Group, resident in the Washington office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. He also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team.

Mr. Schiff represents residential and commercial developers, investors and lenders, nonprofit organizations and public entities by assisting them in their compliance with various multifamily affordable housing regulations. He specializes in programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and low income tax credits. Mr. Schiff is one of the few attorneys who passed the Green Building Certification Institute’s exam to qualify as a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.

Mr. Schiff’s practice involves the planning, negotiation, documentation and closing of transactions involving multifamily property development, preservation and disposition throughout the country. These transactions frequently involve a variety of assistance and funding sources, including Section 8 subsidies, Interest Reduction Payments, tax-exempt bond issues, LIHTC investment, federal nonprofit grants, and insurance by both state and federal housing agencies.

Mr. Schiff frequently navigates through the restrictions that accompany federal programs for public and privately subsidized, assisted and partially assisted projects. Most importantly, Mr. Schiff is familiar with the legal and political reasons for those restrictions. He has worked with public housing authorities in various mixed-finance transactions, including HOPE VI funded projects. Mr. Schiff has guided owners through the hurdles of HUD’s lead-based paint regulations (including avoiding penalties for non-compliance), assisted both for-profit and nonprofit property owners in Interest Reduction Payment “decouplings,” represented owners going through Mark-to-Market restructurings and represented owners in disputes with HUD’s Departmental Enforcement Center.


Education
J.D. 2005 George Mason University School of Law; member, George Mason Civil Right Journal; member, Moot Court
B.A. 2001 Centre College


Bar Admissions
Admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia

Blair L. Schiff
Associate
Phone: 202.220.1223
Fax: 202.220.1665
schiffb@pepperlaw.com
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Office(s)
Washington, D.C.

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Practice Area(s)
Affordable Housing and Community Development
Financial Services

Multifamily Finance
Nonprofit Organizations and Foundations

Real Estate
Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team


Articles


Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), February 27, 2014

New Intercreditor Agreement Published for Notice


Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), January 28, 2014

Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), November 12, 2013


Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), October 25, 2013

Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), September 26, 2013


Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-mail Blast Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), August 28, 2013

Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), June 26, 2013


Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), April 29, 2013

Highlights of HUD’s New Section 232 LEAN Closing Documents, April 9, 2013


Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), February 28, 2013

Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), December 19, 2012


Summary of HUD’s New Draft LEAN Loan Documents, December 21, 2012

Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), October 31, 2012


Summary of HUD’s New LEAN 232 Regulations, September 7, 2012

Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), August 29, 2012


Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), June 27, 2012

Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), May 4, 2012


Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), April 30, 2012

Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), March 30, 2012


Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), February 2, 2012

The 2009 Recovery Act: Allocations for Public Housing, Green Retrofits, Section 8, HOME, Low-Income Housing and New Markets Tax Credit Stimulus


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Public Housing Capital Fund Allocations

New Rules Likely to Spur CDBG Use in Brownfields



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