November 2018 Coach's Quiz
A community may not be found liable for housing discrimination for applying occupancy standards limiting all units to two people per bedroom. True or false?
You may never consider whether the household includes children or their ages when applying your occupancy standards. True or false?
Among other things, you’re allowed to factor in any limitations of your building systems—such as the load on water, septic, sewer, and electrical systems—to set and enforce reasonable occupancy standards. True or false?
COACH’S ANSWERS & EXPLANATIONS
Correct answer: b
Reason: Rules #1, #2, & #6 apply here:
Rule #1: Examine Your Current Occupancy Standards
Rule #2: Check Your State and Local Codes
Rule #6: Document the Reasons for Your Policy to Demonstrate Compliance
HUD’s two-person/bedroom standard is only a general guideline to determine whether a community’s occupancy standards are reasonable under federal fair housing law. Communities may have to allow more than two people per bedroom based on applicable state or local occupancy standards. In addition, HUD says that the general rule may not be reasonable in a particular case based on the size or configuration of the unit, size of the bedrooms, or other factors.
Correct answer: b
Reason: Rules #3 & #4 apply here:
Rule #3: Set Limits on the Number of People—But Not the Number of Children
Rule #4: Consider the Age of Child When Calculating Occupancy
Unless otherwise provided under state or local law, communities should base occupancy standards on the number of occupants—not children. The Keating memo says that an occupancy policy limiting the number of children per unit is less likely to be reasonable than one that limits the number of people per unit. Nevertheless, the memo says that communities may consider the age of the children to determine whether to make an exception to the two-person/bedroom standard.
Correct answer: a
Reason: Rule #5 applies here:
Rule #5: Consider the Physical Limitations of Building Systems
When reviewing your occupancy policies, the physical limitations of the building and its systems may provide a substantial, legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for limiting the number of people allowed to live there. According to the Keating memo, the age or capacity of the building and other physical limitations, along with the size of the bedrooms and overall size and configuration of the unit—are relevant for determining whether a community’s occupancy standards are reasonable.
See The Lesson For This Quiz
|Evaluate Your Occupancy Standards to Prevent Discrimination Claims|