Online Alerts

Landlords Are Liable for Discrimination of Their Staff

January 3, 2023    

There are two basic ways you, as a landlord, can be liable for housing discrimination:

  • You commit discrimination personally; and/or
  • Your agents commit discrimination in the course of carrying out their employment duties or otherwise pursuing your interests....

HUD: Landlord Retaliated Against Tenants Who Complained of Harassment

December 5, 2022    

HUD has accused an Oklahoma landlord and its property manager of discriminating against tenants by failing to adequately respond to known serious racial harassment and by retaliating by trying to terminate their tenancy.

D.C. Doles Out Landmark $10M Penalty for Voucher Discrimination

October 31, 2022    

Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine recently announced a settlement requiring three real estate firms and its executives to pay a landmark $10 million in penalties for illegally discriminating against renters in the District who use Section 8 housing vouchers and other forms of...

Q&A: Requiring Local Verification for Assistance Animals

October 17, 2022    

Q: I manage a rental property in Maine that doesn’t allow pets. An applicant from New York gave me a note from a New York doctor stating that the applicant needs an emotional support animal as an accommodation for a disability. Can I...

COACH's Pop Quiz!

October 3, 2022    

Q: Two-persons-per-bedroom would be a difficult occupancy standard to justify as reasonable if:

  1. The landlord has made discriminatory remarks about not wanting to rent to...

Group Claims Landlord's LEP Policy Discriminated Against Applicants

September 6, 2022    

A not-for-profit group advocating against housing discrimination sued a New York landlord for violations of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) based on refusal to rent to a prospective tenant with limited English proficiency (LEP). The group claimed that...

Judge: NY Landlord's 'Reprehensible' Discrimination Merits Maximum Penalty

August 9, 2022    

HUD recently announced that an Administrative Law Judge found that a Long Island landlord violated the Fair Housing Act when he refused to rent to a mother and her daughter because of the daughter’s cerebral palsy. The judge ordered the owner to pay $50,530 in damages to the family and a $...

Florida RV Park Charged with Discriminating Against Transgender Tenant

July 26, 2022    

HUD recently announced that it’s charging the owner and manager of a Florida RV park with discriminating against a former tenant because of her gender identity. The charge alleges that the owner violated the Fair Housing Act when he gave the tenant a letter stating that he was aware she...

California RE Firm Settles with Interracial Couple Claiming Race, Disability Discrimination

July 5, 2022    

HUD recently announced that it has entered into a Conciliation Agreement with California property owners, a property management company, and a property manager, resolving allegations that they discriminated against an interracial married couple on the basis of race and disability. A former...

NYC Owners, Brokers Settle Source-of-Income Discrimination Lawsuit

May 31, 2022    

Twenty-three owners and apartment brokers in New York City recently agreed to enact reforms to resolve a lawsuit alleging that they routinely turned away prospective tenants seeking to use federal vouchers to supplement their rent. Originally filed in March 2022, the lawsuit claimed that 88...

Is It Okay to Show Limited Availability of Units Online?

May 18, 2022    

Q: Is there a potential fair housing problem with advertising online that we have, say, two available units at our property, when in fact we have, say, five units? If someone comes to the property, we will show all five units. But we want to...

Senior Housing Provider Accused of Discriminating Against Transgender Applicant

May 2, 2022    

In March, the Maine Human Rights Commission found evidence that an assisted living provider violated state nondiscrimination protections when it denied an applicant a room because she is a transgender woman.