Spotlight: REITs, COVID-19, and the Rental Affordability Act

Successful REITs are being challenged by the coronavirus pandemic for myriad reasons. Can companies like AvalonBay Communities rise to the occasion?

HUD’s proposed rule change could limit housing discrimination lawsuits

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is proposing a change to its fair housing rules, but critics say the move could result in less discrimination lawsuits. The HUD has proposed a change in its regulations that would do away with the so-called “Disparate Impact rule”, which is often used as a way of enforcing

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HUD Says Maine Landlord Wouldn’t Allow Disabled Vet to have Assistance Animal

HUD recently charged a Maine landlord with housing discrimination for not allowing a disabled veteran to have an assistance animal in his apartment. According to HUD’s Charge of Discrimination (HUD Charge) against Roderick Apartments, LLC, Jo Roderick told the veteran that once she allowed a tenant to have an assistance animal, and other tenants wanted

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HUD Charges Idaho Landlord with Familial Status Discrimination

On May 31, 2019, HUD charged the owners and manager of an Idaho rental property with violation of the familial status provisions of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). HUD alleges they refused to rent a home to a couple with seven children. What is Familial Status Discrimination? When first adopted in 1968, the FHA only

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Residential Landlords’ Guide to Assistance Animals

News reports recently have included much discussion about The Air Carrier Access Act and FAA regulations governing assistance animals on airplanes.

Fair Housing Act Primer for Multifamily Owners

Fifty years ago, on April 11, 1968, The Fair Housing Act (FHA) became law. At first, the FHA only prohibited housing discrimination based upon race, color, religion, and national origin.

Consumer Action: ‘Housing Discrimination… Alive and Well’

Following a round of recent fair housing complaints and mortgage discrimination charges, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) has opened its own front to protect credit consumers from discrimination.

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