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HUD Proposes Revised 'Disparate Impact' Rule

August 21, 2019    

Last week, HUD published a proposed rule to amend the HUD interpretation of the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact standard. HUD says the proposed rule as amended would provide more appropriate guidance on what constitutes unlawful disparate impact and would better reflect the Supreme...

New York Landlord Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

August 21, 2019    

The Justice Department recently announced that the owner and manager of rental properties in New York will be obligated to pay $850,000 in damages and civil penalties to resolve two fair housing lawsuits alleging that he sexually harassed numerous female applicants and residents for nearly three...

Vegas RE Firm Settles Dispute Over Supervision of Children Playing Outside

August 21, 2019    

HUD recently approved a settlement between a resident and the owner and manager of a Las Vegas community to resolve allegations of discrimination against families with children by allegedly denying unsupervised children's access to the property's common areas.

New Jersey Condo Community Pays $30K to Settle Dog Dispute

August 21, 2019    

A New Jersey condo association recently agreed to pay $30,000 to resolve allegations of discrimination against a resident with disabilities by denying her the right to have a dog as an assistance animal.

The settlement is the result of a 2018 charge that HUD filed against the community,...

COACH's Pop Quiz!

August 21, 2019    

Q: Your office has been shorthanded for a while, but you’ve just hired a new employee to answer phones in the leasing office. Even though he’s got previous experience working at another community, you should make sure that he...

NY Landlord Pays $400K to Settle Sexual Harassment Claim

July 24, 2019    

A settlement was recently reached on behalf of a fair housing organization and eight women who accused an Oswego, N.Y., landlord of demanding sexual favors as a condition of tenancy. Under the settlement, the landlord will be permanently barred from managing rental properties and will be...

Texas Landlords Charged with Race Discrimination

July 24, 2019    

HUD recently charged a Texas couple with violating fair housing law by refusing to lease a room to a prospective tenant because she’s black.

NY Owner and Manager Charged with Barring Child’s Assistance Animal

July 24, 2019    

HUD recently charged a New York property owner and manager with housing discrimination for allegedly refusing to allow a mother to have an assistance animal for her son and retaliating against the family for exercising their fair housing rights.

HUD and John Marshall Law School Launch National Fair Housing Training Academy

July 24, 2019    

HUD recently announced that it’s partnering with the John Marshall Law School in Chicago and Cloudburst Consulting Group, Inc., to develop the National Fair Housing Training Academy (NFHTA). The Academy will prepare fair housing advocates, lawyers, investigators, and other stakeholders on...

Owner of California Rental Properties Sued for Sexual Harassment

June 18, 2019    

The Justice Department recently announced that it has filed a lawsuit alleging that the owner of residential rental housing in California violated fair housing law by subjecting female residents to sexual harassment and retaliation.

Vermont Bans Housing Discrimination Against Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence

June 18, 2019    

In June 2019, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed a bill to adopt protections against housing discrimination for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Idaho Landlords Charged with Discriminating Against Families with Children

June 18, 2019    

HUD recently charged the owners and manager of a rental home in Idaho with violating fair housing law by refusing to rent the home to a married couple because they have children.

The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to deny or limit housing because a family has children under the age of...