Management Issues

2021 Scorecard: Using Fair Housing Court Cases to Improve Your Compliance Efforts

January 24, 2022    

A look at recent cases yields some important lessons.

 

It’s against the law to commit housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status and handicap (disability).

January 2022 Coach's Quiz

December 23, 2021    

QUESTION #1

Which of the following phrases is it NOT appropriate for a landlord to include in an online ad for a property in Stanley Town, a neighborhood known for being almost entirely white?

a.         ...

Avoiding Inadvertent Discrimination When Advertising Your Community

December 23, 2021    

In today’s highly competitive rental market, effective advertising is crucial to attracting the right renters. But for these very same reasons, your advertising and marketing practices can get you into fair housing hot water. The advertising media you select and the message you craft may...

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...

October 2021 Coach's Quiz

September 16, 2021    

Now that we’ve explained the eight rules to follow to avoid liability for engaging in retaliation under the FHA, 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...

Fair Housing Retaliation Liability Risks & How to Avoid Them

September 16, 2021    

“Retaliation” is a fancy word for revenge. It’s a nasty action that you take to get back at somebody for doing something bad to you. In the context of fair housing, retaliation means an unfavorable action a landlord takes like rejecting a rental applicant or evicting a tenant...

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...

August 2021 Coach's Quiz

July 20, 2021    

Now that we’ve explained the seven rules to follow to meet your FHA duty to provide reasonable parking accommodations to disabled applicants and tenants, 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-...