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Does Resident Need to Keep Eight Dogs as a Reasonable Accommodation?

January 4, 2021    

A New York City co-op board sued a shareholder resident for violating her proprietary lease by keeping eight dogs and two cats in her apartment. This created noise and odors that other residents complained about. The co-op board didn't seek eviction but sought removal of five of the eight...

NY Landlord Barred Tenant’s Use of Motorized Scooter

January 4, 2021    

A tenant sued her landlord for disability discrimination in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. The tenant lived in a ground-floor unit in an apartment complex. Due to multiple disabilities, the tenant used a motorized scooter to get from her apartment's patio door across a lawn to...

Avoid Discrimination Claims When Offering Rent Repayment Plans

December 15, 2020    

During the pandemic, many communities have been negotiating rent repayment plans to help residents who are struggling financially avoid eviction due to what may be only a temporary financial setback. The common practice of negotiating with residents on an individual basis results in different...

COACH's Pop Quiz!

December 15, 2020    

Are COVID-Related Reasons for Nonrenewal Discriminatory?

Q: A resident who owes you a lot of money in unpaid rent and who has a history of disturbing her neighbors is finally coming to the end of her lease. She wants to renew, but...

U.S. District Court Halts HUD’s Revisions to Disparate Impact Rule

November 13, 2020    

A federal judge recently issued a preliminary injunction to stop HUD from implementing a rule that would have made it harder to bring discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act. The rule would have required plaintiffs to meet a higher threshold to prove unintentional discrimination, known...

Voucher Protection Laws Expand at State and Local Levels

November 13, 2020    

The share of voucher holders covered by voucher protection laws is growing, according to a recent report from The Urban Institute and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC). Their dataset and accompanying report entitled, “...

DOJ Testers Accuse NY Rental Agent of Race Discrimination

October 22, 2020    

The Justice Department recently announced that it has filed a lawsuit against a Staten Island, N.Y., realty company and its former rental agent, alleging discrimination against African Americans in violation of federal fair housing law when offering housing units for rent. The lawsuit is based...

COACH's Pop Quiz!

October 22, 2020    

Q: Your community was built in the 1980s. The leasing office is on the first floor, but there’s a step at the building entrance. Although it’s not covered under the FHA’s design and construction standards, your community could still face a...

Sexual Harassment Claim Costs Virginia Rental Manager, Owners $335K to Settle

October 22, 2020    

The Justice Department recently announced that a manager of rental properties in and around Harrisonburg, Va., together with owners of the properties, will pay $335,000 to resolve allegations that the manager sexually harassed multiple female residents and discriminated in housing on the basis...

HUD to CA Landlord: 2 BRs Okay for Couple with 3 Kids

October 22, 2020    

HUD recently announced that it has approved a settlement between the owner and managers of rental properties in California and a couple who alleged that the housing providers refused to rent a two-bedroom unit to them because they have three children. Under the settlement, the housing providers...

Seven D.C. RE Firms and Professionals Accused of Housing Discrimination

September 21, 2020    

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine recently announced that his office has filed three lawsuits alleging housing discrimination by seven real estate companies and professionals operating in the district.

Arkansas Housing Providers Settle Allegations of National Origin Discrimination

September 21, 2020    

HUD recently approved three settlements with the owners and property management company of an Arkansas community, resolving allegations that they discriminated against several residents by evicting them because of their national origin and retaliated against an employee living on site who sought...