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Environmental Issues & Federal Regulations Affecting Real Estate Guidebook

Practice Area:
Real Property


Owners and operators of real property are generally responsible for contamination of the property, regardless of when or by whom the contamination was caused. This book begins by summarizing the federal and Missouri environmental laws that may be implicated in a sale or lease of commercial or industrial property.  Additional sections discuss how environmental issues can be identified and assessed during real estate transactions, while providing recommendations for preparing documents for the transfer of commercial or industrial properties. The second chapter covers the expanding body of federal regulations applicable to real estate transactions, including disclosure requirements, RESPA, FTC issues, civil rights issues, the ADA, and more. The electronic versions include sample forms in word-processing format.

2011 (192 pages)

MoBar Price $50  |  eGuidebook PDF Download

Electronic Forms in MS word format will be placed in your Account.


  • Indemnification Between Lessor and Lessee  |   §55
  • Indemnification From Buyer to Seller  |   §54
  • Indemnification From Seller to Buyer   |   §53




1   |   Environmental Issues Impacting the Buying, Selling and Leasing of Real Estate

  1. Introduction
  2. Federal and Missouri Statutes and Regulations
  3. Adressing Environmental Issues During Property Transfers
  4. Brownsfields Issues
  5. Forms
  6. Private Causes of Action for Environmental Contamination
  7. Environmental Considerations in Condemnation Proceedings

2   |   Federal Regulations

  1. Introduction
  2. Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act
  3. Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974
  4. Federal Trade Commission Act
  5. Open Housing
  6. Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act of 1978
  7. Withholding Tax on Sale of Property Interest by a Foreign Person
  8. Hill-Burton Act
  9. Environmental Regulations of Real Estate
  10. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  11. Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992
  12. Condominium and Cooperative Abuse Relief Act of 1980
  13. National Flood Insurance Act of 1968
  14. Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980
  15. National Historic Preservation Act of 1966
  16. Miscellaneous Statutes


  • Indemnification Between Lessor and Lessee  |   §55
  • Indemnification From Buyer to Seller  |   §54
  • Indemnification From Seller to Buyer   |   §53

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