Fair Housing

How to Fulfill Your Duty to Prevent Race Discrimination (Article 4) - Review Your Criminal Background Policy

Criminal background checks are the latest battleground for potential race discrimination claims. If it’s been a while since you last reviewed your policy, it’s important to check to make sure your policy doesn’t run afoul HUD guidelines addressing the discriminatory effect that criminal background policies may have on racial and ethnic minorities.

How to Fulfill Your Duty to Prevent Race Discrimination (Article 3 of 6) - Beware of Unlawful Steering

 

When showing available units in your community, refrain from any comments or conduct that suggest a prospect should—or shouldn’t—live at your community, or in a particular area within your community—because of her race or color. It’s considered “steering,” an unlawful practice under the FHA, if you direct, guide, or encourage prospects, based on an illegally discriminatory reason, to rent only certain units at a community or to seek alternate living options.

Headline #4: Community Pays $251,500 to Settle Race Discrimination Claims

The owners and operators of an Illinois mobile home community recently agreed to pay $251,500 to settle a lawsuit alleging race discrimination, according to the Justice Department. The complaint alleged that the former manager imposed more burdensome application requirements to discourage African-American prospects from living there.

How To Comply With Fair Housing While Dealing With Covid-19

This month at Manufactured Housing Communities of Oregon (MHCO), we look at how to avoid fair housing trouble while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. For months now, the nation has been confronting the public health emergency caused by the new coronavirus. By April, all 50 states had reported cases of COVID-19 to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), though different parts of the country experienced different levels of COVID-19 activity. According to the CDC, U.S. COVID-19 cases include:

  • People who were infected while traveling, before returning to the United States;
  • People who were infected after having close contact with someone known to be infected with the virus; and
  • People who were infected but don’t know how or where they were infected.

 

Fair Housing: 10 Dos & Don'ts for Dealing with Families with Children

Complaints can arise from the way you advertise, show units, apply occupancy standards, and enforce community rules.

 

This week MHCO looks at fair housing problems that can arise when dealing with families with children. Fair housing law bans discrimination against families with children, but there’s more to it than that. You could get into fair housing trouble from the way that you advertise your property, show units, apply occupancy standards, and enforce community rules.

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