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, December 30, 2010

Will the HOME Act Become Law in 2011? Should It?

A bill by the House introduced earlier this month promises to "modernize" the Fair Housing Act (FHA) if passed, supporters say.

H.R. 6500, known as the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act, would greatly expand federal protections against housing discrimination across the United States.

In its current form, the HOME Act would:
  • add sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income, and marital status as protected classes;

  • reinforce existing protections for people who are discriminated against after they have already rented or purchased a home;

  • allow the public to hold municipalities accountable for failing to advance fair housing laws;

  • expand the definition of "familial status" to include "anyone standing in loco parentis" of a child under 18 years of age;

  • improve the Department of Justice's (DOJ) ability to investigate potential fair housing and fair lending violations; and

  • clarify and strengthen protections for people with disabilities.
For more information about the HOME Act, take a look at this excellent section-by-section commentary by the National Fair Housing Alliance.

Do you think the HOME Act will become law in 2011? Should it? Do you agree with the law's supporters that it's time to modernize the FHA?

What do you think?

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