discrimination: Requirements for Using Fair Housing Logos and Posters - 09/22/10 02:07 PM
 

Using the fair housing logo is a great way to show a commitment to fair housing.  Many housing providers use the Equal Housing Opportunity logo in their ads and on their written materials to show that they do business in compliance with fair housing laws.
HUD requires that owners and managers display a fair housing poster with its logo at rental offices.  This applies to rentals covered by the federal Fair Housing Act, and to dwellings rented through a real estate broker/agent.  See 24 C.F.R.  §§ 110.1 – 110.30.
Who Is Required to Display a Fair Housing Poster?
HUD’s … (3 comments)

discrimination: Lawsuit Filed Against Apartment Complex for Racial Discrimination - 07/24/10 07:42 PM
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
On Friday, July 19, 2010, the DOJ filed a lawsuit against the owner, management company and former manager of Summerhill Place Apartments (a 268-unit apartment complex located in Renton, Washington) for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin and … (4 comments)

discrimination: What Housing Providers Need to Know About Service Animals - 06/14/10 11:25 AM

Under the Fair Housing Act, a housing provider cannot refuse housing to someone who is disabled because of their disability. Just as important, the law requires housing providers to accommodate a person’s disability by changing or modifying a rule or policy or practice when doing so is necessary to give the disabled person equal opportunity to use and enjoy his or her unit.
Under the Fair Housing Act, a housing provider who has established a "no pet" policy must allow a disabled resident to keep a service animal as a reasonable accommodation. The housing provider must allow the disabled resident … (2 comments)

discrimination: Lawsuit Filed Against Landlord for Racial Discrimination - 11/25/09 10:12 AM
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
On Tuesday (November 24, 2009), the DOJ filed a lawsuit against Terence Flanagan, a Chicago area property owner and rental agent, alleging that he refused to rent properties he owned or controlled to African-Americans, in violation of the Fair Housing Act. The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Flanagan … (6 comments)

discrimination: Blatant Race and Sex Discrimination at Federally-Subsidized Apartment Complex - 11/13/09 02:40 PM
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
Yesterday (November 12, 2009), the DOJ filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging a pattern or practice of violations of the Fair Housing Act by the owner and managers of Forum Manor Apartments, a federally-subsidized apartment complex, for refusing to rent to African-Americans and males, refusing to … (3 comments)

discrimination: $2.725 Million Settlement of Housing Discrimination Lawsuit - 11/03/09 05:12 PM
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit settled by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
On Tuesday, November 3, 2009, the DOJ announced the largest monetary payment ever obtained by the DOJ in the settlement of a case alleging housing discrimination in the rental of apartments. Los Angeles apartment owner Donald T. Sterling agreed to pay $2.725 million to settle allegations that … (1 comments)

discrimination: Flagrant Violations of the Fair Housing Act in Recent Lawsuit brought by the DOJ - 10/19/09 02:41 PM
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
Last Friday (October 16, 2009), the DOJ filed a lawsuit against TK Properties L.L.C., its owner, and two employees (property managers), for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating on the basis of race. The lawsuit alleged that the defendants violated the Fair Housing Act by harassing … (1 comments)

discrimination: Man Convicted of Criminal Interference with the Right to Fair Housing (Hate Crime) - 10/17/09 03:10 PM
Here is another summary of a recent legal case involving a fair housing issue. This case is a little different than the typical fair housing case because it involves the criminal interference with the right to fair housing instead of the usual civil violation. Although this case doesn’t provide much guidance about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act for real estate professionals, I thought it was nevertheless interesting and worth posting.
On Tuesday (October 13, 2009), a Louisiana man plead guilty to firing three shots from a shotgun at the home of three Hispanic men and, after they … (0 comments)

discrimination: Types of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities Prohibited by the Fair Housing Act - 09/29/09 08:56 AM

The goal of the Fair Housing Act is to ensure “no person shall be subjected to discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin in the sale, rental or advertising of dwellings, in the provision of brokerage services, or in the availability of residential real-estate related transactions.” With respect to people with disabilities, the Act serves to:
Give people with disabilities opportunities to choose where they want to live; Assure that reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications are made so that a person with a disability can secure and use housing as fully as a person … (0 comments)

discrimination: Sexual Harassment under Fair Housing Laws - 09/24/09 09:01 AM
Every real estate professional should already know that the Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to discriminate in housing on the basis of sex. What many real estate professionals do not realize, however, is that that includes sexual harassment.
Courts throughout the country have consistently recognized sexual harassment as a form of discrimination that violates the Fair Housing Act. In order to sustain a claim of sexual harassment under the Fair Housing Act, an individual must show that the sexual conduct was unwelcome. Nonetheless, if an individual submitted to the sexual conduct, that conduct still may have been unwelcome and a … (0 comments)

discrimination: Fair Housing Lawsuit Filed Alleging Racial Discrimination at Apartment Complex - 07/21/09 02:26 PM
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
This afternoon (July 21, 2009), the DOJ filed a lawsuit against the owner and employees of Rolling Oaks Apartments, a 72-unit complex in Clanton, Alabama, for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating on the basis of race or color in the rental of apartments.
The lawsuit … (1 comments)

discrimination: Fair Housing Lawsuit Filed Against Mobile Home Park - 06/25/09 11:17 AM
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
On Friday, June 19, 2009, the DOJ filed a lawsuit against the former owner and managers of Homestead Mobile Home Village, a mobile home park in Gulfport, Mississippi, for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against black tenants on the basis of race or color. The … (1 comments)

discrimination: A Few Examples of Illegal Housing Practices Against Persons with Disabilities Under the Fair Housing Act - 05/30/09 11:41 AM

Here is a little reminder for everyone about their obligations under the Fair Housing act with respect to people with disabilities.  The following are a few examples of illegal housing practices against persons with disabilities under the Fair Housing Act:
Refusing to rent or sell or otherwise making unavailable to an individual with a disability a dwelling unit, because of the buyer’s or renter’s disability; Imposing different terms and conditions on the sale or rental of a dwelling unit due to the buyer’s or renter’s disability; Coercing, intimidating or threatening a person for exercising his or her rights under the … (5 comments)

discrimination: Types of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities Prohibited by the Fair Housing Act - 05/30/09 11:38 AM

The goal of the Fair Housing Act is to ensure “no person shall be subjected to discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin in the sale, rental or advertising of dwellings, in the provision of brokerage services, or in the availability of residential real-estate related transactions.” With respect to people with disabilities, the Act serves to:
Give people with disabilities opportunities to choose where they want to live; Assure that reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications are made so that a person with a disability can secure and use housing as fully as a person … (0 comments)

discrimination: When does a housing provider know that a reasonable accommodation is needed? - 05/30/09 10:12 AM

The duty to accommodate arises only when the housing provider has knowledge that a disability exists and that an accommodation may be required for the disabled person to use and enjoy the housing. Here are key points:
The applicant or resident must make a request for an accommodation. The request does not need to mention fair housing or use the words “reasonable accommodation.” The request should describe the accommodation and explain the disability-related need for the requested action. For example: A resident who becomes disabled may request a transfer to a ground floor apartment because climbing the stairs has become … (0 comments)

discrimination: Fair Housing Lawsuit Settled for $130,000 + Retrofitting costs - 05/21/09 11:47 AM
Here is another example of a recent settlement of a Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate agents and brokers about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
Yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, May 20, 2009), the DOJ settled a Fair Housing Act lawsuit that was brought against the developers, architects, and professional engineers responsible for building four multifamily housing complexes in Spokane, Washington. The lawsuit alleged that the defendants designed and … (0 comments)

discrimination: Fair Housing Lawsuit Filed Against Town - 05/20/09 01:18 PM
Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate agents and brokers about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, May 19, 2009), the DOJ filed a Fair Housing Act lawsuit against the town of Garner, North Carolina, and the town’s board of adjustment alleging that they violated the Fair Housing Act when they refused to allow up to eight men recovering … (4 comments)

discrimination: Fair Housing Act Lawsuit Filed Today Alleging Disability-Based Housing Discrimination - 05/07/09 09:04 AM

Here is another example of a recent Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate agents and brokers about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue.
This morning (Thursday, May 7, 2009), the DOJ filed a lawsuit against Equity Homes Inc, PBR LLC, BBR LLC and Shane Hartung in federal court alleging that the defendants failed to provide accessible features required by the Fair Housing Act at six separate multi-family … (0 comments)

discrimination: Fair Housing Lawsuit Settled Yesterday for $200,000 - 05/01/09 07:55 AM

Here is another example of a recent settlement of a Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate agents and brokers about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since fair housing is such an important issue
Yesterday afternoon (Thursday, April 30, 2009), the DOJ settled a Fair Housing Act lawsuit that was brought against the owners, a manager and a former manager of Cottage Manor Apartments (located in Lakewood, New Jersey) because they discriminated against tenants on … (6 comments)

discrimination: Discrimination in Housing Based Upon Sex, Including Sexual Harassment - 04/11/09 09:07 AM

Every real estate agent and broker should already know that the Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to discriminate in housing on the basis of sex (among other things).  What many real estate professionals do not realize, though, is that the Fair Housing Act's prohibition extends to sexual harassment.
In recent years, the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") has been looking closely at sexual harassment in housing in its Fair Housing enforcement efforts.  Women, particularly those who are poor, and with limited housing options, often have little recourse but to tolerate the humiliation and degradation of sexual harassment or … (2 comments)

 
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