Supreme Court Stands for Property Rights: NAR Hails Recent Legal Triumphs


May 27th –   This past Thursday, the President of the National Association of Realtors®, Kenny Parcell, made a statement about two essential court rulings that protect property rights.

In the case of Tyler v. Hennepin County, the Supreme Court confirmed that homeowners have a right to the value they build in their homes, and the government can’t take it away unfairly. This is good news for homeowners.

In the case of Sackett v. EPA, the court clarified the rules for using personal land, which will help property owners make the most of their land. This decision is significant for homebuilders who are facing unnecessary obstacles. Right now, the United States has a shortage of 5.5 million homes, so removing barriers to building is crucial.

Earlier this year, the National Association of Realtors® joined the American Property Owners Alliance and the Minnesota Realtors® to support the property owners in the Tyler v. Hennepin County case. They argued that state law was taking away property rights protected by the Constitution.

The ruling in Sackett v. EPA clarifies the regulations for building on personal land, specifically related to the Clean Water Act. The National Association of Realtors® is also involved in ongoing legal matters regarding the definition of Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act, which this decision will influence.