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California PHA to Pay $3.2M in Housing Discrimination Class Action Case

May 19, 2017    

Fish & Richardson recently announced that together with the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, it has helped win a $3.2 million award in a housing discrimination class action lawsuit filed on behalf of 180 disabled individuals against the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara (HACSC...

NFHA Trends Report: 'The Case for Fair Housing'

May 19, 2017    

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) recently released its 2017 Fair Housing Trends Report: The Case for Fair Housing. Every year, NFHA collects data on housing discrimination complaints and reports on key housing issues across the United States in the prior year. This year, the NFHA says...

Kansas Community Accused of Discriminating Against Families with Children

May 19, 2017    

The Justice Department recently sued the owners and operators of a Kansas community comprised of 16 one-bedroom units, alleging that they violated the Fair Housing Act on the basis of familial status.

COACH's Pop Quiz!

May 19, 2017    

Q: Can you be accused of a fair housing violation based on what you say in a blog post?

 

D.C. Property Managers Accused of Unlawfully Refusing to Rent to Voucher Holders

April 20, 2017    

In a lawsuit filed last week, fair housing advocates accused a D.C.-based residential property management firm with violating the D.C. Human Rights Act and the federal Fair Housing Act for discriminatory rental practices.

Federal Judge Rules Fair Housing Law Protects LGBT Couples

April 20, 2017    

A U.S. district judge recently ruled that a Colorado landlord’s refusal to rent to a lesbian couple, one of whom is transgender, violates federal fair housing law. The ruling is the first in which a court has extended protections to people based on their sexual orientation or gender...

Study: Transgender Rental Bias Severely Limits Housing Choices

April 20, 2017    

Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals responding to apartment ads in Greater Boston were more likely to be quoted a higher rental price, were shown fewer apartment amenities such as storage or laundry, and were less apt to be offered a financial incentive to rent, according to a...

Senators Introduce Legislation Expanding VAWA Protections

April 20, 2017    

Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) recently reintroduced legislation called the “Fair Housing for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors Act.” It builds on the protections provided under the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968...

HUD Celebrates Fair Housing Month

April 20, 2017    

To celebrate Fair Housing Month, HUD marked the 49th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which makes it illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. HUD says that law goes to the heart of...

COACH's Pop Quiz!

April 20, 2017    

Q: You could get into fair housing trouble if you turn away prospects because they don’t speak English. True or false?

 

A: True. Fair housing experts warn that...

HUD Official Reaffirms Commitment to Smoke-Free Public Housing Rule

March 15, 2017    

Jon Gant, HUD’s Director of the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, recently reaffirmed HUD’s commitment to its smoke-free housing rule in public housing, which is due to take effect later this year.

Washington Landlords Accused of Discriminating Against Families with Children

March 15, 2017    

The owners and manager of three Washington communities are facing claims accusing them of violating fair housing law by refusing to rent their apartments to families with children.