Disability

How to Comply with Fair Housing Law When Dealing with a Hoarding Problem

November 7, 2011    

This month, we're going to discuss the fair housing implications of a significant problem: hoarding. Many of us collect or keep objects—perhaps more than we should—because they have sentimental value or we may “need them someday.” But compulsive hoarding is more than...

December 2011 Coach's Quiz

November 5, 2011    

We've given you seven rules on how to comply with fair housing law when dealing with hoarding problems. 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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Answering Your Questions About Assistance Animals

August 7, 2011    

This month, we're going to discuss federal laws about when—and under what circumstances—communities must allow people to bring animals onto the property.

September 2011 Coach's Quiz

August 6, 2011    

We have given you the answers to the 12 most common questions about assistance animals under fair housing law. 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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Separating Fact From Fiction: Clearing Up Misconceptions About Reasonable Accommodation Requests

March 10, 2011    

This month Fair Housing Coach focuses on reasonable accommodation requests by individuals with disabilities. It can be a confusing topic, so we're going to go over the fair housing rules and dispel common misconceptions about how to handle these requests properly.

March 2011 Coach's Quiz

March 1, 2011    

We have discussed the 10 most common myths about how to recognize and handle requests for reasonable accommodations. 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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"When I'm 64": Fair Housing Law And The Baby Boom Generation

July 9, 2010    

The 1967 Beatles song “When I'm 64” was written by Paul McCartney—some say when he was only 16 years old. No doubt 64 seemed old to the teenaged songwriter, but millions of “baby boomers—those born between 1946 and 1964—probably would disagree, as the...

July 2010 Coach's Quiz

June 30, 2010    

We have given you five rules to help you avoid fair housing problems involving baby boomers. 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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When To Make Exceptions To Community Policies And Procedures

May 9, 2010    

When it comes to fair housing compliance, the watchword is consistency. In most cases, consistency in how you treat everyone—starting from anyone who calls or visits your community to applicants, residents, and their guests—is the best way to ward off claims of discrimination based...

May 2010 Coach's Quiz

April 30, 2010    

We have given you eight rules on when it's appropriate to make exceptions to community rules and policies under fair housing claims. 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 Requests For Assistance Animals

November 10, 2009    

This month's issue of Fair Housing Coach focuses on how to handle requests for assistance animals. Although communities generally are free to set rules restricting the presence or type of animals allowed on their property, fair housing law may require you to make an exception to those...