A reasonable accommodation by definition is an adjustment made in a system to accommodate or make fair the same system for an individual based on a proven need. That is a solid definition coming from Wikipedia. [Read more…]
Keeping up with Fair Housing laws can be a full time job. Laws are added, changed, and tweaked regularly. Recently, the American Bankers Association (ABA) and state bankers associations in all 50 states responded to HUD’s request for suggestions of outdated regulations by calling for clarification of the disparate impact rule. Here is an excerpt from the article in the ABA Banking Journal that recently was published that highlights this disparate impact clarification: [Read more…]
Apartment maintenance staff may receive reasonable modification requests because of their direct contact with residents. Therefore, it’s important that they be educated in how to respond to such requests. [Read more…]
What qualifies as a senior living community? An increasing number of housing developments appear to be marketing themselves as “Active Adult” or “Empty Nester” communities. How can that be? “Adult Only” housing was outlawed in 1988 when President Ronald Reagan signed the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) into law. [Read more…]
Telephone fair housing training is a key component for the compliance department in multifamily. Apartment rental offices receive many telephone calls each day. Questions such as: Are there available apartments? What is your screening criteria? and many others may be asked on any given day. [Read more…]
Sexual harassment allegations are a serious matter. The Baltimore sex-for-repairs $8 million settlement is still fairly fresh on property management companies minds. Even more recently Uber has hit the media as another high profile company who allegedly has ignored sexual harassment in the workplace. Obviously becoming a high profile case is the last thing a property management company wants. This post will remind you of the absolute necessity to have policies and protocols to protect your employees and your residents. [Read more…]
Traditionally over the last few years we have seen and or experienced Fair Housing testers coming to properties to ascertain that our site teams are abiding by Fair Housing laws. Most of the tests have been focused on two particular classes which are race and religion. They are always stepping up their game.