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, April 15, 2010

Fair Housing Month: Second Announced HUD Charge Spotlights Adoption Rights

Tenants who adopt or plan to adopt a child are protected under the Fair Housing Act's (FHA) ban on familial status discrimination. If you didn't know that, read about the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) second announced charge of Fair Housing Month.

When a single mother renting an apartment outside Philadelphia decided to adopt an 11-year-old boy, her landlords allegedly responded by terminating her tenancy, according to HUD's April 15 release. This caused the family to move far away, denying the boy his school, friends, and aunts whom he visited regularly.

Charged with discrimination, the landlords will need to defend their actions in front of a HUD administrative law judge and possibly face thousands of dollars in damages.

Return tomorrow for the sixteenth part of this special "Fair Housing Month" feature at Fairhousingblog.com.

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