Accommodations

Rules Are Made to Be Broken: How One-Size-Fits-All Policies Can Lead to Fair Housing Trouble

November 9, 2017    

This month, the Coach tackles a fair housing myth: You have to treat everyone the same to comply with fair housing law. It’s a common belief, but it’s not as simple as that. The law requires that you give everyone an equal opportunity to live at your...

September 2017 Coach's Quiz

August 14, 2017    

We’ve busted seven myths to help you comply with fair housing rules governing assistance animals. Now let’s look at how the myths could lead to fair housing problems in the real world. Take the Coach’s Quiz to see what you have learned.

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The Dog Issue: Busting Common Myths About Assistance Animals

August 14, 2017    

This month, the Coach reviews an increasingly common source of fair housing trouble: requests for assistance animals. There’s a lot of confusion over assistance animals, which can go by many names—service animals, therapy animals, companion animals, emotional support animals...

August 2017 Coach's Quiz

July 27, 2017    

We’ve given you five rules on how to comply with fair housing law when dealing with environmental concerns at your community. Now let’s look at how the rules might apply in the real world. Take the Coach’s Quiz to see what you have learned.

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How to Abide by Fair Housing Law When Dealing with Environmental Concerns

July 27, 2017    

This month, the Coach reviews how fair housing laws may affect how you handle environmental concerns in the upkeep of your community.

Here's Why You Should Be Careful with Reasonable Accommodation Requests

May 12, 2017    

In this lesson, the focus is on disability discrimination, the leading cause of fair housing complaints filed each year. The reasons vary, but many stem from disputes over requests for reasonable accommodations—that is, exceptions to the community’s usual rules or policies—for...

January 2017 Coach's Quiz

December 20, 2016    

We’ve given you six rules on how to comply with fair housing laws when handling smoking at your community. Now let’s look at how the rules might apply in the real world. Take the Coach’s Quiz to see what you have learned.

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How to Ensure Fair Housing Compliance When Considering a Smoke-Free Policy

December 20, 2016    

In this lesson, the Coach reviews how fair housing rules may affect your ability to regulate smoking at your community. There has been a trend toward smoke-free housing policies, which recently got a big boost when HUD ordered all public housing agencies to go smoke-free by 2018. The...

Case Studies: How the Courts Analyze Reasonable Accommodation Claims

June 14, 2016    

In this lesson, the Coach highlights court cases, all decided in the past few months, involving reasonable accommodation requests.

Fair housing law bans discrimination based on disability, which, among other things, requires communities to make reasonable accommodations to rules...

February 2016 Coach's Quiz

January 12, 2016    

We have given you seven rules for handling disability-related requests for parking accommodations. Now let’s look at how the rules might apply in the real world. Take the COACH’s Quiz to see what you have learned.

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How to Handle Disability-Related Requests for Parking Accommodations

January 12, 2016    

In this month’s lesson, the focus is on parking. Fair housing law bans discrimination based on disability, including refusing to grant requests by individuals with disabilities who need an exception to your parking policies as a reasonable accommodation so they may use and enjoy...

Special Issue: Answering Your Questions on Assistance Animals

November 6, 2015    

In this Special Issue, the Coach follows up on our recent series on assistance animals by answering reader questions with updates on recent developments in the law.

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