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Lesson Preview: Avoiding Fair Housing Problems in New Media

October 23, 2011    

The November issue of Fair Housing Coach reviews fair housing rules as they apply to new media advertising and marketing.

Proposed Legislation Would Amend Fair Housing Act

September 26, 2011    

Last week, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) introduced a bill to outlaw discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) Americans in the housing and credit markets. The bill also would ban housing discrimination based on marital status and source of income. Rep. Jerrold Nadler...

How to Comply with Fair Housing Rules Banning Sex Discrimination

September 23, 2011    

The October issue of Fair Housing Coach reviews the fair housing provisions banning discrimination based on sex. The law prohibits a broad array of discriminatory practices against either men or women because of their gender.

Federal fair housing law also recognizes sexual...

Justice Department Investigates Complaints of Discriminatory Policing Against Section 8 Voucher Holders

August 22, 2011    

Last week, the Department of Justice announced that it has opened a civil investigation into allegations of discriminatory policing by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) members based in the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, Calif. The investigation will focus on allegations...

Q&A on Assistance Animals

August 21, 2011    

The September issue of Fair Housing Coach reviews federal laws about when—and under what circumstances—communities must allow people to bring animals onto the property.

This subject has generated a lot of confusion—and formal fair housing complaints, according to...

Complying with State and Local Fair Housing Laws

July 21, 2011    

The August 2011 issue of Fair Housing Coach reviews the most common forms of additional protections available under state or local law. And, as an extra bonus, we’ve included a table to provide a state-by-state snapshot of current state fair housing laws. Here are some highlights...

Fair Housing Coach Wins Best Newsletter Award

July 20, 2011    

Congratulations to Carol Johnson Perkins, Esq., the editor of Fair Housing Coach! The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) has awarded Fair Housing Coach the Best Newsletter in its annual journalism competition. The NAREE program recognizes excellence in reporting, writing, and...

Using Forms to Record Disability-Related Accommodation and Modification Requests

July 20, 2011    

In a Special Issue of Fair Housing Coach, we’ve collected a set of model forms for use in handling reasonable accommodation and modification requests by individuals with disabilities.

Disagreements involving such requests often lead to formal fair housing complaints, so...

Nevada, Connecticut Add Fair Housing Protections Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity or Expression

July 18, 2011    

In June, two more states added fair housing protections to cover sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

On June 1, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law a bill (SB368) to prohibit housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or...

Philadelphia Expands Its Antidiscrimination Law

March 31, 2011    

April 2011: Last month, the City of Philadelphia adopted a measure to update its Fair Practices Ordinance, which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, use of public accommodations, and the delivery of city services. The comprehensive update of the law accomplishes three primary goals...