10 Essential Rules for Avoiding Fair Housing Trouble

January 9, 2020    
This month, the Coach highlights 10 essential rules to help you to comply with fair housing law. Housing discrimination has been outlawed for more than 50 years, but all too often communities still find themselves on the wrong side of the law and are forced to pay out thousands—and in some...

2020 Trend Watch: Recent Developments in Fair Housing Law

December 23, 2019    
To kick off the New Year, Fair Housing Coach reviews recent developments—court rulings, settlements, and enforcement actions—in fair housing law. Staying on top of current developments may help you to avoid common problems that so often lead to fair housing trouble. WHAT DOES THE LAW...

Year in Review: Highlights from the 2019 Lessons

December 5, 2019    
In this Special Issue, the Coach wraps up 2019 with a review of this year’s lessons. Keep it handy—it’s a quick refresher on top fair housing concerns we covered this year. It’s also a helpful index to the full lessons, all of which are available to our subscribers for...

How to Avoid Religious Discrimination Claims During the Holidays

November 18, 2019    
In this lesson, Fair Housing Coach focuses on avoiding discrimination claims based on religion during the holidays—and all throughout the year. You don’t have to be a “Grinch” to comply with fair housing law. The key is to celebrate the general festivity of the season...

Complying with Laws Protecting Veterans & Military Servicemembers

October 8, 2019    
In the November lesson, the Coach marks Veterans Day by reviewing the federal, state, and local laws protecting military servicemembers, veterans, and their families from discrimination. Federal fair housing law doesn’t ban discrimination based on military or veteran status, but many state...

What You Should Know About Fair Housing Testing

September 5, 2019    
In this month’s lesson, we’re going to discuss fair housing testing—a tool used by enforcement officials and private fair housing organizations to ferret out unlawful housing discrimination.

Fair Housing Boot Camp: Basic Training for New Hires

August 12, 2019    
This month, the Coach’s lesson offers fair housing basic training for anyone newly hired to work at your community. It’s simple to say that fair housing law bans housing discrimination, but there are pitfalls that sometimes lead even seasoned professionals into fair housing trouble....

Dog Days of Summer: How to Handle Requests for Assistance Animals

July 18, 2019    
This month, the Coach shepherds in the dog days of summer with a lesson on disability-related requests for assistance animals focusing on the most common type—dogs. The law generally allows communities to set their own pet policies, but housing providers must grant reasonable accommodation...

How Communities Fight—and Win—Disability Discrimination Claims in Court

June 24, 2019    
In this lesson, the Coach highlights several recent court decisions that show how communities can fight court battles to defend themselves against disability discrimination claims under fair housing law. More than half of all fair housing complaints are for disability discrimination, many involving...

Test Your Knowledge of Fair Housing Law

June 6, 2019    
In this month’s Special Issue, the Coach gives you a chance to test your knowledge of fair housing law. The rules banning housing discrimination may seem straightforward, but the devil is in the details. Fair housing rules can be complicated, so the first step is to test your knowledge of...