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Fair Housing Coach Wins Real Estate Journalism Award

June 23, 2017    

On June 16, Fair Housing Coach received the Gold Award for Best Newsletter from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE). A panel of expert judges from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University selected the award winners announced at NAREE...

Calif. Community Settles Claims of Discriminating Against Latino Families

June 23, 2017    

HUD recently announced that the owner and manager of a California apartment complex has settled allegations of discrimination against residents based on their national origin and familial status. Among other things, the community’s manager was accused of making discriminatory statements...

Nevada Community Settles Fair Housing Dispute Over Pet Deposits

June 23, 2017    

HUD recently announced that the owners and manager of four Nevada rental communities have agreed to settle allegations of housing discrimination against prospective tenants with disabilities who require assistance animals.

Federal fair housing law prohibits housing providers from denying...

Montana Landlord Hit with $37,000 Jury Verdict in Disability Discrimination Case

June 23, 2017    

A federal jury recently returned a $37,343 verdict against a Montana landlord for charging a resident with physical and psychiatric disabilities $1,000 to have a service animal, according to the Justice Department.

The lawsuit alleged that the owner and manager of rental properties in...

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...