Are Fair Housing Fears Keeping You Up at Night?

June 26, 2014
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In the July lesson, Fair Housing Coach discusses a subject that you may be losing sleep over but don’t talk about: fear of a fair housing complaint. Perhaps you’ve been confronted by—or heard about— unhappy residents or applicants who threatened discrimination claims. Or maybe you’ve heard news about the potentially devastating consequences faced by another community embroiled in fair housing litigation. Whatever the circumstances, you shouldn’t allow the fear of a fair housing claim to throw you off your game.

The July lesson offers five strategies for easing your fears. For starters, it’s important to learn as much as you can about fair housing law. Being able to recognize what is—and isn’t—discrimination will help keep things in perspective if you’re ever accused of housing discrimination by an unhappy resident or applicant. By understanding the basics, you’ll be able to recognize if a resident is raising a legitimate concern, is simply unhappy about a situation—or worse, threatening a discrimination claim just to get something that he wants.

For more on how to tame fair housing fears, see “Don’t Let Fair Housing Fears Keep You Up at Night,” available to subscribers here.