A Practical Guide to Reasonable Accommodation under the Fair Housing Act (AHA873N)

  • Product Format
  • Pre Recorded Webinar
  • Presenter(s)
  • Paul Flogstad
  • Conference Date
     
  • Thursday, February 9, 2017
     
  • Aired Time
  • 12:00 am ET - 11:00 pm CT - 10:00 pm MT - 9:00 pm PT
  • Length
  • 60 minutes

Learn about the Fair Housing Act (FHA) Requirements for Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable accommodation is one of fair housing’s “hot topics”. This typically accounted for over 50% of the fair housing complaints to HUD in the past year. Property owners do not want to be charged by HUD for a fair housing violation and incur the costs of  the complaint. Reasonable accommodations can be requested during the application process, during tenancy and during an eviction. It is important to learn the correct procedure to ask for, review and implement this important action. Reasonable accommodations are requested because of a disability due to either physical or mental issues. You must understand the definition of disability and when reasonable accommodation comes into play so that a disabled person can  enjoy the same quality of life as a non-disabled individual.

Join this session, where expert speaker Paul Flogstad will discuss  the  many different  needs for reasonable accommodations. One of the primary requests are for assistance animals. This session will discuss what the requirements are, what animals are allowed and how a landlord must verify the need for such an animal. This session will provide “real world” solutions and examples of reasonable accommodation based on Paul’s extensive fair housing experience. He will share actual experiences to enhance learning. This session will provide you with the ability to make the correct decision when faced with a reasonable accommodation request.

Session Objectives

  • Definition of reasonable accommodation
  • Definition of disability
  • When is an accommodation needed?
  • Difference between an accommodation and modification
  • Companion animal/service animal issues
  • What is “reasonable”?
  • Legal compliance and best practices

Session Highlights

This session will discuss:

  • Fair housing issues and how they impact your property
  • The need for accommodations
  • Fair housing laws about accommodations
  • Timeframe for requesting and granting of accommodations
  • What properties fall under fair housing/accommodation laws?

Who Should Attend

  • Property managers
  • Property owners
  • Lenders
  • Realtors
  • Maintenance staff
  • Disability/accessibility services staff
  • Retention specialists/at-risk population specialists
  • EEO/ADA coordinators
  • Residence life staff
  • Attorneys representing campus housing and educational institutions
 

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About the Presenter(s)

Paul has been involved in the real estate industry for the past 38 years. He has been involved in sales, construction, project management, appraisal, property management and property management consulting/training.

Through his consulting company, Property Management Solutions, he provides training and consulting services nationwide to owners, management companies, multi-housing associations, as well as state and federal agencies.

He specializes in fair housing issues and has developed fair housing and outreach programs for governmental agencies as well as conducting seminars which are presented to property management companies, apartment associations and the general public nationwide. Most recently, he has been a consultant to the State of South Dakota. In this assignment he has developed a fair housing awareness program that is one of the first of its kind in the nation. It involves a three pronged approach to fair housing awareness. This approach makes use of an ombudsman concept and has proven to be very effective in dealing with discrimination and landlord/tenant issues.

For over twenty years he was involved in appraisal of residential, multi-family, farm and commercial properties throughout the Midwest. Most recently, he was a consultant for affordable, multi-housing properties in 22 different states. This involved properties in HUD, Rural Development, HOME and Tax Credit programs.

He holds numerous professional property management designations and currently holds the prestigious RHM designation from the National Center for Housing Management.

Paul was previously Vice President of the South Dakota Multi-Housing Association, Vice Chairman of the Minnehaha County Housing and Redevelopment Commission, and Chairman of the Sioux Falls Property Appeals Board. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Educator of the Year award from the South Dakota Multi-Housing Association.

Paul just authored a book which was released in January of 2015. It is titled: “Fair Housing: What Everyone Should Know”. This is a comprehensive book about the fair housing written with a property manager’s perspective and with real world examples.

Paul enjoys working with people and helping them be the best they can be.

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