Learn Crucial Lessons On Disability-Based Discrimination From 4 Recent Cases

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

More funding is fueling fair housing organizations’ investigations and testing

Disability-based housing discrimination has taken center stage in recent enforcement efforts. Pay attention --- are you making these same mistakes?

Beware: HUD is throwing more funding into fair-housing enforcement, recently awarding more than $23 million to nearly 80 fair housing organizations. HUD provided the grants through its Private Enforcement Initiative (see www.hud.gov/press/ press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_18_142).

In HUD’s most recent fair-housing enforcement actions, most cases have centered on discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The specific allegations range from refusing to sell or rent to an individual with a disability to refusing reasonable accommodation requests.

Case #1: Don’t Charge Fees for Reasonable Accommodations

Denying a reasonable accommodation is bad enough, but if you try to attach unwarranted fees to granting a request, you could end up in even bigger trouble under the Fair Housing Act.

Case in point: A couple with disabilities made repeated requests over a seven-year period to move to a first-floor unit at Silver Creek Apartments in Las Vegas. The owners and managers denied the reasonable accommodation requests, although the couple alleged that first-floor units were rented out to other...

 

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