Fair Housing vs. Unfair Housing

Do you know the difference?

Knowing the difference between fair housing and unfair housing isn't as obvious as you might think. This blog aims to present a variety of important and interesting fair housing issues.

If you're an apartment professional, avoid costly mistakes by reading the stories of others who — even with good intentions — learned compliance lessons the hard way. (For the easy way, click here.)

If you live in an apartment, get familiar with your rights when it comes to housing discrimination, as well as your options for seeking justice.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook Decries Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Housing

Apple CEO Tim Cook penned a column today in Bloomberg Businessweek in which he publicly acknowledged his sexual orientation. "I'm proud to be gay," Cook wrote, "and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

In his column, the chief of the company known for its "Think Different" campaign noted that although "America is moving toward marriage equality," many laws across the country still allow people to treat others differently because of their sexual orientation. "There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay," Cook pointed out.

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) has helped thousands of people across the United States seek justice and compensation for illegal housing discrimination. But the FHA protects people based on only seven protected classes — race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status.

Many states, cities, and towns have enacted their own fair housing law that includes additional protected classes, such as sexual orientation. (For a scrollable list of additional protected classes in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, check out the "Protected Classes Tool" at fairhousingresources.com.) Also, new federal regulations bar housing providers who receive HUD funding or have loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration from discriminating based on "actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status."

Despite these advancements, Tim Cook's observation is correct. In much of the United States, 46 years after the FHA's enactment, landlords can still legally evict tenants — or refuse to rent to them in the first place — based on knowledge or suspicion of their sexual orientation.

Is this right? Should it change? Will it?

What do you think?

Learn more about fair housing compliance at FairHousingHelper.com.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Sale: The Clock Is Ticking on Fair Housing Helper's One-Day Sale

It's Labor Day! Are you up to speed on fair housing training? Are you offering enough accessible parking spots at your property? Are you unsure what to do when a tenant wants to keep an animal for a disability? Are you nervous about decorating your building for the holidays?

Now's your chance to get on top of fair housing compliance...

For one day only, download Fair Housing Helper for Apartment Professionals for Kindle for just $6.99, a savings of 30% off the regular price of $9.99. Just visit the Amazon.com page by clicking here.

You don't need an actual Kindle device to enjoy a Kindle eBook. You can read Fair Housing Helper for Apartment Professionals on your iPad, smartphone, or even your computer, thanks to free Kindle apps.

Visit www.fairhousinghelper.com to learn more about what Kirkus Reviews calls a "useful, easy-to-read guide for those who want to learn more about complying with U.S. fair housing law," which was recently selected as a Finalist in the 2014 International Book Awards.

Plus, when you finish the book, follow the simple instructions to receive a complimentary, personalized fair housing training certificate and a free badge to use on your Web site or marketing materials.

The clock is ticking, so act today before the price goes back up to $9.99! Click here to download Fair Housing Helper for Apartment Professionals for Kindle today for only $6.99.

Friday, August 1, 2014

New 'Ron's Rent Roundup' Blog Debuts With Fair Housing Post

I am excited to announce that Nolo, the publisher of my first book, hired me to run its landlord-tenant blog. The blog, called "Ron's Rent Roundup," offers plain-English legal analysis and timely lessons for landlords and tenants.

Check out the first post, entitled "Therapy Pig Dispute Offers Valuable Lessons to Landlords and Tenants," which may be more relevant to you than you might think.

I invite you to check the blog regularly for new posts on a wide range of helpful topics.

Just bookmark the blog URL — http://blog.nolo.com/rent/ — and follow me on Twitter @aboutapartments and @fairhousing to stay on top of the latest with Ron's Rent Roundup as well as Fair Housing Blog by Fair Housing Helper.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Enjoy Independence Day Savings on Fair Housing Training

Now through Sunday, enjoy $4 off when purchasing Fair Housing Helper for Apartment Professionals directly through the Fair Housing Helper eStore. Just use coupon code 3PVSWX2X.

Visit www.fairhousinghelper.com to learn more about what Kirkus Reviews calls a "useful, easy-to-read guide for those who want to learn more about complying with U.S. fair housing law," which was recently selected as a Finalist in the 2014 International Book Awards.

Landlords, property managers, and others who complete the training receive a complimentary, personalized fair housing training certificate and more!