Online Alerts

Pa. Communities Accused of Posting Discriminatory Ads

November 16, 2017    

HUD recently charged the owners and operators of two apartment buildings in Altoona, Pa., with violating fair housing law by posting online classified ads that discriminate against families with children.

The case came to HUD’s attention when a fair housing advocacy group filed a...

Tenn. Community Accused of Refusing Parking-Related Accommodation Requests

November 16, 2017    

The Justice Department recently sued the owners and operators of a 134-unit Tennessee community for alleged disability discrimination and retaliation in violation of fair housing law.

Mass. Landlord Liable for Refusing to Rent Unit with Lead Paint

November 16, 2017    

A Massachusetts jury recently found the owner of a four-unit rental property liable for violating fair housing law when he refused to rent an apartment to a family because they had children under 6 years old and the units had no lead certificate.

COACH's Pop Quiz!

November 16, 2017    

Q: Most of your residents are over 55, so you’re allowed to exclude families with children and market your property as an “adult” community under the senior housing exemption. True or false?

 

DOJ Announces Initiative to Combat Sexual Harassment in Housing

October 19, 2017    

The Justice Department recently announced a new initiative to combat sexual harassment in housing. The initiative specifically seeks to increase the department’s efforts to protect women from harassment by landlords, property managers, maintenance workers, security guards, and other...

Mississippi Real Estate Groups Settle Race Discrimination Complaint

October 19, 2017    

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) recently settled a fair housing complaint against real estate agents and their companies in Jackson, Miss., accusing them of racial discrimination against potential homebuyers.

Minnesota Landlord Charged with Discriminating Against Veteran with Assistance Dog

October 19, 2017    

HUD recently charged the owner and manager of a Minnesota apartment complex with discrimination for refusing to allow an Army veteran, who served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, to keep an emotional support animal.

COACH's Pop Quiz!

October 19, 2017    

Q: You could face a fair housing complaint for allowing only one occupant to live in studio units. True or false?

 

A: True. In October 2017, a court ordered the owner...

HUD: People with Mental Disabilities Face Significant Housing Discrimination

September 20, 2017    

People living with mental illness, and those with intellectual or other developmental disabilities, continue to face significant housing discrimination in the rental housing market, according to a new HUD pilot study.

Washington Community Settles Claims of Discriminating Against Families with Children

September 20, 2017    

The owners and manager of three apartment buildings in Washington have agreed to pay $95,000 in damages and civil penalties to resolve a lawsuit charging them with refusing to rent to families with children, according to a recent announcement by the Justice Department.

Indiana PHA to Pay $70K to Settle Fair Housing Lawsuit

September 20, 2017    

The Justice Department recently announced that it has reached a settlement with the Housing Authority of the City of Anderson, Ind., which owns and operates 143 public housing units in the city, to resolve allegations that the housing authority discriminated against residents of these units on...

COACH's Pop Quiz!

September 20, 2017    

Q: It’s illegal to refuse to rent to any minority prospects, but you can’t get into fair housing trouble if you bend the truth about available units when they ask about vacancies. True or false?