Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act of 1968

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The Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act of 1968 (ILSFDA or ILSA or "Act") was an act of Congress passed in 1968 to facilitate regulation of interstate land sales, to protect consumers from fraud and abuse in the sale or lease of land. The Act was patterned after the Securities Act of 1933 and required land developers to register subdivisions of (currently 100 or more) non-exempt lots or condominium units. Originally, the filings were to be with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Currently, the responsibility for administering the Act [1] and its regulations [2] is with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). A regulated developer is to provide each purchaser with a disclosure document called 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 and gives the purchaser at a minimum a 7-day period to cancel the purchase agreement.

In 2014, the Act was amended to additionally apply to condominiums after New York attorney, Adam Leitman Bailey, re-utilized the act in order to obtain the largest residential condominium settlement in New York history.[3][4]

When the financial crisis of 2008 severely limited the ability for purchasers of newly constructed units to purchase homes they could no longer afford, these contract vendees found attorneys wielding this statute as a weapon to rescind contract for buildings with more than 100 units.[5] Builders argued that the statute was not meant for sophisticated wealthy buyers and the purchaser's attorneys apologetically, used it to successfully get clients out of contracts and to obtain a refund of the down payment.[5] In other cases using the statute the attorneys for the purchasers received large discounts off the purchase price.[6]

On September 19, 2014, a bill unanimously passed the House of Representatives and United States Senate repealing the law for condominiums.[7] On October 6, 2014, President Barack Obama signed the bill into law.[8]


  1. ^ 15 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.
  2. ^ 12 CFR Parts 1010, 1011, and 1012
  3. ^ Act to amend the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act to clarify how the Act applies to condominiums, Pub.L. 113–167, 128 Stat. 1882, enacted September 26, 2014.
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  5. ^ a b Haughney, Christine (2010-10-20). "Old Real Estate Law Helps Cure Buyer's Remorse". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  6. ^ "Condo can't-do". New York Post. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  7. ^ "Senate votes to strike down ILSA requirements for condos". The Real Deal New York. 2014-09-19. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  8. ^ "President Obama signs ILSA amendment into law". The Real Deal New York. 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2018-01-03.

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