Fair Housing: Multifamily units must be accessible (10/24/2016)
HUD is going after a Washington State multifamily building that’s not accessible to the disabled – a U.S. requirement for all apartments built after 1991.
Website accessibility a good idea but tech challenge (10/17/2016)
Disabled individuals should be able to use the Internet easily, but in comments sent to the Department of Justice, NAR said mandating website changes could create a technological problem for brokers.
$2M grant will test for Fla. housing discrimination (10/3/2016)
HUD awarded $234K to Fla. agencies for fair housing initiatives, with over $2M of that going to private groups that carry out investigations and test for discriminatory housing practices.
HUD calls for protection of non-English buyers (9/27/2016)
The new guidance specifically targets mortgage lenders and brokers for compliance. HUD says it became alarmed after reports came in saying some lenders were denying requests to have loan documents translated.
HUD expands rules protecting transgender access (9/21/2016)
Transgender protections now extend to homeless shelters. HUD first announced transgender protection rules for most HUD-assisted housing programs in 2012.
New rules cover harassment and domestic violence (9/19/2016)
HUD: New rules ban “hostile environment” and “quid pro quo” harassment in private and public housing, plus local laws that penalize women for too many 911 calls.
HUD: Fla. condo guilty of disability discrimination (8/24/2016)
An Aventura condo assoc. that banned service animals will compensate one person, create an accommodation policy and donate to a disability rights organization.
Website accessibility: Not just about the law (5/25/2016)
The DOJ has made it clear that “public accommodation” for Americans with disabilities applies to websites, which should assist people with vision, hearing or other impairments.
NAR pushes back against patent troll (5/25/2016)
How? It filed a petition with the U.S. Patent office challenging the validity of claims by the company threatening infringement lawsuits against real estate firms.
Real estate impact from transgender bathroom issue? (5/23/2016)
Fla. law provides little guidance on transgender bathrooms. For now, agents should understand their local laws, if any, and take common sense steps to avoid trouble, according to experts at NAR’s recent convention.
Ex-criminals and rentals: Expert offers tips (5/18/2016)
HUD recently said that a blanket rule about renting to ex-cons could be a fair housing violation; and experts suggested a few ways to comply with the new rule at NAR’s meetings last week.
HUD fair housing case focuses on finances (5/4/2016)
A New York cooperative doesn’t allow trust fund ownership, but HUD says that discriminates against a disabled buyer and isn’t “reasonable accommodation.”
Is your website ADA compliant? (4/28/2016)
Brokers, if your website does not yet meet standards for usability under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), you may be at risk.
100 million Americans have a criminal record (4/26/2016)
Landlords that once banned ex-convicts must regroup after HUD suggested it could be a fair housing violation. The exact do’s and don’ts aren’t clear, but HUD advice to public housing managers offers some insights.