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Housing Choice Vouchers and Fair Housing

The Housing Choice Voucher Program, a critical component of the U.S. housing system, provides opportunities for thousands of families to secure affordable housing. However, the program also presents a complex set of responsibilities and legal obligations for landlords and housing authorities. To ensure compliance, let’s dive deep into these responsibilities, offering insights and guidance.

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Is It a Disability? Part 5: Allergies

As a property management professional, you will often encounter unique and challenging situations. One such challenge is determining whether allergies can be considered a disability under fair housing laws. In this article, the complex topic of allergies is discussed along with best practices to follow.

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The Property Management Impact of HUD’s New Guidance

The rules of fair housing are evolving yet again. On April 29th, 2024, HUD released new guidance, and on May 2nd, it announced these new notices in a press release. These updates focus not only on AI but also on changes to the screening and advertising processes, especially as they pertain to private market housing.

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Protected Classes Part 3: Familial Status

Tenant complaints are part of the norm, especially when it comes to excessive noise. What happens when you get a complaint, and the resident has a newborn? Or multiple small children? How about if your newest set of residents has a surprise bundle of joy? Are your policies creating an unintentional disparate impact? Familial status

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Your ESA Questions Answered – Part 2

Once again, we find ourselves delving into the intricate discussions surrounding emotional support animals in housing—a topic so rich and evolving it demands our continued attention. From the obligations of housing providers in obtaining liability insurance to navigating the nuances of the Fair Housing Act in college settings, and from the permissible questions about ESAs

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“Due to the Fair Housing Act…” - Responding To Questions

Age – A Federally Protected Class?

While the Fair Housing Act does not enumerate age as a federally protected class, the ramifications of age-related policies and practices stretch far beyond this initial oversight, weaving a dense tapestry of legal obligations and ethical considerations. This landscape demands vigilance and a proactive approach from those tasked with navigating it, challenging them to reconcile

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Being Nice or Compliant – Can You Be Both?

Beneath the surface of property management lies a complex web of ethical dilemmas, demanding careful navigation and adherence to industry standards. From maintaining professionalism in everyday interactions to upholding fair housing laws, housing providers must balance a myriad considerations to ensure compliance while providing good customer service. Common scenarios include grappling with the acceptance of

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Is it a Disability? Part 4 – Hoarding

Hoarding: a word that brings to mind images of cluttered spaces and challenging living conditions. It is also a complex issue that intertwines mental health and housing standards, posing unique challenges for property managers and housing providers. But is hoarding a disability? This blog delves into the intricacies of managing hoarding situations while adhering to

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Unit Repairs – What Does the FHA Say About It?

Ensuring compliance with the Fair Housing Act (FHA) is not just a legal requirement but also a commitment to fairness and equality. Episode 90 of the Fair Housing Insiders, featuring insights from Leslie Tucker, offers valuable guidance on how unit repairs fit within the context of the FHA. This installation aims to distill the essence

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“Due to the Fair Housing Act…” - Responding To Questions

Protected Classes Part 2 – Religion

In the latest episode of “Fair Housing Insiders,” we delved into the intricacies of religious protections under the Fair Housing Act. This discussion is crucial for property managers and housing providers, offering valuable insights into ensuring compliance and fostering inclusive communities. A key takeaway from the episode is the understanding that discrimination based on religion—or

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