COACH's Pop Quiz!

Q: You could be accused of a fair housing violation if you wish residents a “Merry Christmas.” True or false?


A: False. HUD has stated that the use of secularized terms or symbols relating to religious holidays, such as Santa Claus or phrases such as “Merry Christmas” or the like, do not violate federal fair housing law. Although wishing someone a Merry Christmas is unlikely, by itself, to lead to a discrimination claim, fair housing experts recommend the use of secular greetings, such as “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings,” when speaking to prospects and residents.

In its December issue, Fair Housing Coach offers a fair housing test designed to help you test your knowledge of fair housing law. The rules forbidding housing discrimination can get complicated, so it’s important that everyone working at your community understands fair housing law—and knows how to apply it in everyday dealings with the public. The test in this month’s lesson can help clarify how well you understand and can apply fair housing principles. Based on your answers, you’ll be able to identify any potential problem areas that might merit further attention or training.

The December 2016 issue, “Fair Housing Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Fair Housing Lawis available to our subscribers here.