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California City Settles Claims of Housing Discrimination Against Farmworkers

August 3, 2021    

The City of Santa Maria, Calif., recently entered into a settlement agreement with HUD resolving allegations that the city’s enactment and enforcement of restrictions on housing for certain farmworker...

Lead Paint No Excuse for Denying Families Housing

July 13, 2021    

HUD recently approved a settlement agreement between an owner of rental properties in Massachusetts and a prospective tenant, resolving allegations that the owner refused to rent available units to the woman after...

COACH's Pop Quiz!

May 28, 2021    

The owner of the apartment complex you manage has asked you to investigate a sexual harassment complaint about a maintenance employee made by a tenant at another one of the owner’s properties. Because you have no work relationship with anyone at that property, the owner believes you can...

COACH's Pop Quiz!

May 5, 2021    

How Should You Respond to Tenant-on-Tenant Harassment?

Q: A tenant on the third floor tells you that one of your white tenants (Ms. W) has been steadily barraging her Black neighbor (Ms. B) with racial slurs over the course of...

HUD to Enforce LGBT Discrimination as Violation of Fair Housing Act

April 7, 2021    

Soon after the Biden administration took office, it took dramatic new regulatory action to end LGBT discrimination in not just housing but all aspects of public life. Although the change has been implemented...

HUD Kicks Off Fair Housing Month

April 7, 2021    

April is Fair Housing Month, and HUD’s theme this year is Fair Housing: More Than Just Words. HUD’s aim is to reflect the Biden administration’s commitment to advancing equity in housing and the importance of increasing public awareness of everyone’s right to...

Assistance Animal FAQs, Part 4: Tenants with Animal Allergies

February 22, 2021    

In this four-part series we’re featuring answers to some tricky questions attendees asked during our recent webinar, How to Handle Requests for Assistance Animals, presented by attorney Theresa L. Kitay.

Q: I have a tenant who’s allergic to dogs and...

Assistance Animal FAQs, Pt. 3: Restricted Breeds

February 22, 2021    

In this four-part series we’re featuring answers to some tricky questions attendees asked during our recent webinar, How to Handle Requests for Assistance Animals, presented by attorney Theresa L. Kitay.

Q: We have verified that a tenant’s Rottweiler...

Assistance Animal FAQs, Pt. 2: Backdated Verifications for Assistance Animals

February 22, 2021    

In this four-part series we’re featuring answers to some tricky questions attendees asked during our recent webinar, How to Handle Requests for Assistance Animals, presented by attorney Theresa L. Kitay.

Q: If a tenant who’s requesting permission for...

Assistance Animal FAQs, Pt. 1: When to Charge—or Refund—a Pet Deposit

February 22, 2021    

In this four-part series we’re featuring answers to some tricky questions attendees asked during our recent webinar, How to Handle Requests for Assistance Animals, presented by attorney Theresa L. Kitay.

Q: When tenants...

President Biden Issues Fair Housing, Disparate Impact Memos

January 29, 2021    

On Jan. 26, President Biden signed several new executive orders addressing racial equity, including a memorandum that directs HUD to mitigate racial bias in housing and advance fair housing laws. Biden said in a press conference, “We need to make equity and justice part of what we do every...

COACH's Pop Quiz!

January 28, 2021    

Q: A criminal records check reveals that a rental applicant was arrested on rape charges twice, once in 1997 and again in 2009. Do you have legitimate, nondiscriminatory grounds to reject his application?

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