Responding to Requests for Disability-Related Parking Accommodations

July 20, 2021    
Nearly 61 million people in the U.S., roughly one in four of the adult population, have disabilities. Mobility impairment is the most common disability, particularly among those age 65 and older. Leasing to people with disabilities poses fair housing compliance challenges. Simply refraining from...

How to Avoid Discriminating Against People with Limited English Proficiency

June 15, 2021    
More than 25 million people in the U.S. have limited ability to speak, understand, write, and read the English language. That’s about 9 percent of the national population. Sadly, people in this “limited English proficiency” (LEP) group frequently get doors slammed in their faces....

10 Pitfalls to Avoid When Responding to a Sexual Harassment Complaint

May 17, 2021    
We all know that it’s illegal for landlords to demand sexual favors or otherwise sexually harass their tenants. But it still happens all the time. And given the inherent imbalance in economic power between landlords and tenants, it’s a problem that’s unlikely to go away any time...

How to Limit Liability for Tenant-on-Tenant Harassment

April 19, 2021    
While the current law is unsettled, for landlords there’s much more at stake than what the law requires.  

Avoiding Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

March 16, 2021    
HUD is stepping up enforcement of the laws banning LGBT discrimination.  

How to Steer Clear of Illegal Steering

February 16, 2021    
Contrary to popular belief, housing segregation remains alive and well not just in specific regions of the U.S. but across America. So concluded HUD upon completing its most recent review of the state of fair housing in the U.S. “Real estate agents and rental housing providers recommend and...

How to Perform Criminal Records Checks Without Committing Discrimination

January 20, 2021    
The last thing you or your residents would ever want is to have murderers, rapists, drug dealers, arsonists, and other dangerous criminals in your community. And because “criminals” aren’t among the people that fair housing laws protect, it’s okay to refuse to rent to...

How to Avoid Fair Housing Trouble When Evicting Residents

December 15, 2020    
The expiration of eviction moratoria could bring a surge in eviction filings—and related fair housing claims.    

Year in Review: Highlights from the 2020 Lessons

November 10, 2020    
This month, Fair Housing Coach wraps up 2020 with a review of this year’s lessons. Keep it handy—it’s a quick refresher on top fair housing concerns we covered this year. It’s also a helpful index to the full lessons, all of which are available to our subscribers for review...

Beware of 'Drive-By' Accessibility Testing

October 13, 2020    
In this month’s lesson, the Coach aims to raise your awareness about “drive-by” accessibility testing. Even if you’ve never heard of it, drive-by accessibility testing could uncover a potentially expensive source of liability lurking in plain sight at your community.