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Estate of California Landlord to Pay $155K to Settle Sexual Harassment Case

March 17, 2020    

A settlement has been reached in a fair housing case involving a young mother who claimed that her landlord subjected her to requests for sex and other inappropriate conduct over several years, reports The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).

Philly HOA Accused of Discrimination Based on Its Animal Policy

March 17, 2020    

The Justice Department is suing a Philadelphia condo association for allegedly violating fair housing law by discriminating against persons with disabilities who need assistance animals, including emotional support and service animals.

COACH's Pop Quiz!

March 17, 2020    

Q: Your community has a “no pets” policy. Recently, you discovered that a resident has a cat in her unit, but...

Developer and Franchisor of 32 Ohio Properties Settle Disability Discrimination Suit

March 17, 2020    

An Ohio developer and a franchisor of multifamily properties have agreed to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that they violated the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) by designing and constructing 32 condominium communities in Ohio with steps and other features that made them inaccessible to...

HUD Issues New Guidance on Assistance Animals

February 19, 2020    

HUD recently announced new guidance to clarify how housing providers can comply with the Fair Housing Act when assessing a person’s request to have an animal in housing to provide assistance because of a disability.

HOA to Pay $50K to Settle Dispute over Emotional Support Animal

February 19, 2020    

A Colorado homeowners association recently agreed to pay $50,000 to resolve allegations of disability discrimination involving a resident’s request for an assistance animal, according to the Justice Department.

COACH's Pop Quiz!

February 19, 2020    

Q: After getting complaints from neighbors about noxious odors emanating from a particular unit, you discover that a resident has stacks of newspapers obstructing doors and windows, dirty dishes and open food containers, and piles of clothing...

NY Cracks Down on Source-of-Income Discrimination

February 19, 2020    

New York Attorney General Letitia James recently announced the launch of a new online complaint portal for New Yorkers to report instances of housing discrimination based on source of income. A new law, which took effect in April 2019, makes it illegal to deny someone housing based on the type...

HUD Proposes Fair Housing Rule Changes

January 22, 2020    

HUD recently published an 84-page proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule regarding how state and municipal governments address affordable housing opportunities. The rule pertains to the 1968 Fair Housing Act’s requirement that HUD grantees “affirmatively further...

HUD Proposes Changes to FHA Design & Construction Requirements

January 22, 2020    

In January 2020, HUD announced a proposed rule that would recognize additional sets of standards and model building code editions that, when followed in the design and construction of new multifamily housing, will ensure compliance with the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act.

Kansas Property Owners, Manager Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

January 22, 2020    

The Justice Department recently announced that the owners and the manager of rental properties in Kansas will pay $160,000 in damages and penalties to resolve a Fair Housing Act lawsuit for sexual harassment.

The lawsuit was filed against the owners, a married couple, alleging that the...

COACH's Pop Quiz!

January 22, 2020    

Q: It’s illegal to refuse to rent to any minority prospects, but not to bend the truth about available units when they ask about vacancies. True or false?