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.
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.
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.
Cities wrestle with HUD’s ex-convict rental rules (4/25/2016)
Housing authorities walk a fine line. They must provide low-income housing to people who don’t fit into the private rental market while also keeping areas safe.
Fair housing do’s and don’ts (4/11/2016)
There’s no list of forbidden words, but over time –sometimes as the result of a fair housing investigations – a few things have been identified as red flags.
HUD: Final rule on religious liberty protections (4/1/2016)
Religious affiliation won’t be considered in HUD’s provider funding decisions, but there are tighter rules for “explicitly” banned behaviors toward beneficiaries.