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.

Legal Update: Recent Developments in Fair Housing Law

September 10, 2020    
Amid the coronavirus crisis and the gridlock in Washington, it’s hard to predict where we’re headed in this election year. Given the uncertainty about what’s going to happen on the national level, it seems like a good time to look at some recent major developments in fair housing...

Dos & Don'ts for Handling Reasonable Accommodation Requests

August 7, 2020    
In this month’s lesson, Fair Housing Coach focuses on reasonable accommodation requests by individuals with disabilities. Fair housing rules governing reasonable accommodation requests are often difficult to apply in the real world. The law requires communities to consider each request on a...

How to Fulfill Your Duty to Prevent Race Discrimination

July 13, 2020    
Recent protests against racial inequities in policing have drawn attention to racism elsewhere, including in housing.   In this month’s lesson, the Coach focuses on fulfilling your obligation to comply with fair housing rules banning discrimination based on race and color.