Leasing

October 2022 Coach's Quiz

September 21, 2022    

We’ve explained how seemingly neutral rules designed to prevent overcrowding and unsafe and unsanitary conditions can get you into fair housing law hot water. We’ve also described the major liability risks and what you should do to avoid them when developing and enforcing occupancy...

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...

June 2022 Coach's Quiz

May 17, 2022    

QUESTION #1

You catch two tenants smoking pot in the clubhouse in violation of your community’s anti-drug policies. Tenant A has a valid prescription from a physician to use marijuana to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder; Tenant B is just a...

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,...

Avoiding Liability for Discrimination Under State & Local Fair Housing Laws

November 21, 2021    

Because enforcement is so active and penalties are so high, it’s easy to forget that complying with the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) may not be enough to insulate your community from liability. That’s because most states (and many municipalities) have adopted their own fair housing...

December 2021 Coach's Quiz

November 21, 2021    

Now that we’ve explained the eight common forms of discrimination banned by state and local fair housing laws, let’s see how well you learned the material. Take the Coach’s Quiz below to see if you can apply the rules to real-life situations. Each question has one and...

November 2021 Coach's Quiz

October 22, 2021    

Now it’s your turn to apply the rules for avoiding liability under the FHA and other laws protecting victims of domestic violence and evaluate how well you’ve learned the material. Take the Coach’s Quiz below. Each question has one and only one correct answer. ...

Dealing with Domestic Violence: How to Avoid Fair Housing and Other Legal Traps

October 22, 2021    

Look at your watch and count off 60 seconds. If the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) averages hold true, by the time you’re done, 20 people in the U.S. will have suffered physical abuse at the hands of an intimate partner. What people do to each other in their own homes is directly...

September 2021 Coach's Quiz

August 24, 2021    

Now that we’ve explained the six rules for avoiding discrimination when renting to students, let’s see how well you learned the material. Take the Coach’s Quiz below to see if you can apply the rules to real-life situations. Each question has one and only one correct answer. On...

Back to School: How to Avoid Fair Housing Trouble When Renting—or Not Renting—to Students

August 24, 2021    

Leasing to students who attend or college or university in your geographic market can be an excellent source of income. At least 79 percent of the students attending a two- or four-year college live off-campus, according to the Urban Institute. In many rental markets, demand for student rental...

July 2021 Coach's Quiz

June 15, 2021    

Okay, now it’s your turn. We’ve explained the nine rules to follow to manage the risk of liability for LEP discrimination. Let’s see how well you’ve learned the lesson. Take the Coach’s Quiz below to see if you can apply the rules to real-life situations....