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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Update: Owner and Manager Must Pay for Interracial Dating Policy

You may recall a December 2009 blog post about an owner and manager of an Alabama trailer home who got into fair housing trouble for protesting a white tenant's interracial dating.

After making things difficult for the tenant by disconnecting the water supply during her boyfriend's visit, the owner and manager finally ordered them to leave or "get rid of the black boyfriend." This led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to issue a charge of discrimination based on race and color.

A HUD administrative law judge heard the case and, as HUD announced yesterday, recently issued an order finding the owner and manager liable under the Fair Housing Act (FHA).

Under the order, the owner and manager must pay $39,165 in damages to the tenant and her boyfriend, plus a $10,000 civil penalty. The order also requires the owner and manager to undergo fair housing training before renting any more apartments and then, among other things, provide the local HUD office with copies of any advertisements or leases associated with the property along with statements identifying the reasons for any applicant rejections.

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