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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?

 

California Landlords Accused of Denying Request to Install Grab Bars

January 22, 2020    

The owners and operators of an assisted senior housing community in California recently agreed to settle a HUD complaint alleging that they violated the Fair Housing Act and other laws when they refused to install grab bars in the showers of elderly tenants with disabilities and subsequently...

DOJ: Local Crime-Free Rental Ordinance Discriminates Against Black and Latino Renters

December 18, 2019    

In December 2019, the Justice Department announced it has filed a lawsuit alleging that the City of Hesperia, Calif., and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department discriminated against African-American and Latino renters in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Does Massachusetts’ Lead Paint Law Discriminate Against Families with Children?

December 18, 2019    

The Massachusetts Fair Housing Center (MFHC) and two families with children recently filed a complaint to stop state officials from enforcing what they say are the discriminatory provisions of the Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Act (Lead Law) and to replace them...

LA Landlords Settle Disability Discrimination Claims Involving Assistance Animals

December 18, 2019    

HUD recently announced that it has approved a settlement with housing providers in the greater Los Angeles area, resolving allegations that they refused to allow residents with disabilities to keep assistance animals.

Texas Developer Settles Disability-Based Housing Discrimination Case

December 18, 2019    

A multifamily housing developer and a site engineer have agreed to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that they built an eight-building addition and associated rental office at an apartment complex in Galveston, Texas, which were inaccessible to individuals with disabilities.

HUD to FTC: Investigate Websites Selling Assistance Animal Documentation

November 18, 2019    

HUD Secretary Ben Carson recently called for an investigation into certain websites selling assistance animal documentation. In a letter to Chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Joseph J. Simmons and Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection Andrew Smith, Carson asked the FTC...

PHA Pays $1.5M to Resolve Disability Discrimination Claims

November 18, 2019    

The Justice Department and HUD recently announced that the Housing Authority of the City of Bridgeport, Conn. (HACB) has agreed to a $1.5 million settlement to resolve allegations that HACB discriminated against persons with disabilities by failing to provide accessible units and ignoring their...

COACH's Pop Quiz!

November 18, 2019    

Q: You could be accused of a fair housing violation if you wish a resident a “Merry Christmas.” True or false?