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, April 17, 2015

Landlords: Don't Let Small Talk Lead to Big Fair Housing Trouble

Whether it's casual chit-chat or formal discussions about rental terms, conversations between landlords and tenants can quickly turn inappropriate. What a landlord says or asks can lead to fair housing liability or be used as additional evidence to support a tenant's later claim of illegal housing discrimination.

To prevent problems, landlords need to be mindful of all the protected classes under fair housing laws and avoid questions or topics that touch on them.

Following this tip will help you feel more confident that you won't invite fair housing liability when talking about other tenants or when talking to prospects and tenants about themselves. For more help, check out my recent article for Nolo.com, entitled "Avoid Inappropriate Conversations With Prospects and Tenants."

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