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.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fair Housing Help: Think Before Filing a Fair Housing Claim

People who believe they're the victim of housing discrimination often have strong emotions. Also, if you read the last post, you know how easy it is to pursue justice by filing a fair housing claim with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Given all this, it's important to think carefully before you proceed with filing a complaint. To help you, I put together an outline of important issues every tenant and prospective tenant should consider. Take a moment to read through each one before deciding to pursue a fair housing claim against a landlord or other housing professional.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fair Housing Help: How to Pursue a Fair Housing Claim

Did you know that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) lets you pursue a claim of discrimination by filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)? Pursuing this route will save you time and money as well as the need to hire an attorney.

If you believe you're the victim of illegal discrimination, read my step-by-step guide for filing a complaint with HUD.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fair Housing Help: What Are Protected Classes?

At the core of fair housing education is an understanding of the so-called "protected classes." For housing discrimination to be illegal, it must involve action taken by a landlord, property manager, broker, or other housing professional against a tenant or prospective tenant based on one or more protected classes.

Learn about the types of people fair housing law protects by reading my collection of answers to frequently asked questions about protected classes.