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California Landlords Settle Claims of Discrimination Against LEP Renters

January 3, 2022    

The management agents and owners of four HUD-subsidized apartment complexes in Southern California recently reached a Conciliation/Voluntary Compliance Agreement with HUD, resolving allegations that the property managers refused to rent to or provide adequate language services for applicants...

COACH's Pop Quiz: Holiday Edition

December 1, 2021    

Q: Your community allows residents to reserve the common room for parties and other social activities, including Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations. A resident asks if he can reserve the room to host a pagan celebration to mark the winter...

Q&A: Requesting Documentation of Domestic Abuse Under VAWA

October 26, 2021    

Q: I manage rental properties that participate in HUD programs. A tenant claims her boyfriend is abusing her and asked me to transfer her to a different unit at one of our other properties. I know that under the Violence Against Women Act (...

Landlords' Broad COVID Visitor Policy Violates FHA

October 25, 2021    

HUD recently signed a Conciliation Agreement/Voluntary Compliance Agreement with owners of a HUD-subsidized community in Fairhope, Ala. The agreement resolves allegations and a HUD investigation into whether the owners’ policy prohibiting visitors under the age of 12 due to COVID-19 was...

Arizona Owner Fails to Fulfill Reasonable Accommodation Involving Notices

October 4, 2021    

HUD recently announced that it has approved a Conciliation/Voluntary Compliance Agreement between the Housing Authority of Maricopa County, in Mesa, Ariz., and one of its residents who has a mental health disability. Under the agreement, the housing authority will pay $10,000 to the tenant and...

COACH's Pop Quiz!

September 27, 2021    

Q: A tenant comes to you in tears and says that a maintenance worker who’s been sexually harassing her for months just entered her apartment and exposed himself. “I’m going to call a lawyer,” she exclaims. You feel...

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...