Avoid 9 Discrimination Pitfalls When Tenants Seek Unit Transfers

November 19, 2022    
While it may seem like routine business, responding to transfer requests may have significant fair housing implications.   Let’s play a quick game of fair housing word association in the multifamily leasing context: Housing discrimination. For many, this phrase summons up images of...

Do Your Rental Fees, Deposits, and Charges Violate Fair Housing Laws?

October 21, 2022    
While many fees are perfectly legitimate, some fees add up to illegal discrimination.  

Make Sure Your Occupancy Standards Don't Discriminate Against Families with Children

September 21, 2022    
We’ll give you six rules for avoiding liability risks when setting and enforcing occupancy standards.  

The 10 Biggest Fair Housing Cases of 2022—So Far

August 18, 2022    
We’ll tell you what happened in each case—and how it may impact your property.   Most of you are pretty familiar with what the fair housing laws require. But it’s in the court rooms and administrative tribunals where the broad rules and principles of fair housing law are...

Use New HUD Guidance to Keep Your Marketing, Application & Screening Compliant

July 18, 2022    
We’ll give you six strategies you can implement to put the guidance principles into action.  

10 Steps to Avoid Liability for Refusing Reasonable Accommodations

June 17, 2022    
Not all requests for disability accommodations are reasonable. How can you tell which are and which aren’t?  

Excluding Drug Users Without Committing Disability Discrimination

May 17, 2022    
Tenants who abuse drugs and alcohol may be endangering not only themselves but also their neighbors. Tenant substance abuse can result in criminal activity, violence, fires, disturbances, and other threats to apartment community health, safety, and tranquility. But, from a legal standpoint,...

7 Pitfalls to Avoid When Responding to Fair Housing Complaints

April 19, 2022    
On average, 25,000 to 30,000 fair housing complaints are filed against landlords in the U.S. each year. Fueling this massive wave of litigation isn’t just the national determination to crack down on discrimination but the glut of potential plaintiffs, including not just the individual victims...

How to Avoid Setting Discriminatory Swimming Pool Rules

March 15, 2022    
Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children in the U.S, behind only motor vehicle crashes. The vast majority of fatal drownings involving kids ages 1 to 4 happen in swimming pools. In many of these incidents, the victim is a child who couldn’t swim who somehow gained...

Avoiding Liability Risks for Fair Housing Violations Committed by Contractors

February 16, 2022    
One reason that complying with fair housing laws is so challenging is that you can’t delegate your nondiscrimination duties the way you can with other legal obligations. Managing your own personal conduct isn’t enough; you’re also responsible for the third parties you hire to...