If you suspect that documentation for assistance animals is suspicious, you may ask for more information. Recently, you may have noticed documentation coming from websites that offer assistance animal “certifications” for a fee, but they appear to provide this documentation without firsthand knowledge of a person’s disability or what assistance or support the animal provides.
Earlier this year, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) settled a familial status housing discrimination case in which a family of four alleged that a property management company refused to allow them to rent an apartment in a multi-unit community because the property manager did not consider children to be appropriate residents…
Avoid discrimination within the screening process by carefully considering how you approach your application process. Claims of discrimination often arise in relation to the applicant screening process. This can be a tricky area to navigate, and one where even well-intentioned people can find themselves on the wrong end of a discrimination claim.
While harassment of any kind is illegal, the topic of sexual harassment warrants special consideration. Every year, thousands of people face unwelcome comments and requests for sexual favors from landlords, property managers, maintenance workers, and security guards.
People with disabilities face particular challenges when it comes to housing and have special protections under fair housing law. Disabilities include both physical and mental impairments. It may not always be obvious that someone has a disability, which can make complying with fair housing law in this area a little tricky.
Currently, no organization is legally recognized for registering service or assistance animals. Any organization making that claim is misleading its audience. One of the most common accommodation requests multifamily housing providers get is for a resident to have an animal that would otherwise be restricted by a community’s rules. But in the past few years,…
Marijuana and the Fair Housing Act are questions that often come up these days amid changing laws so this week the Grace Hill training tip takes a look at the issue. Marijuana use is on the rise across the United States. Thirty states and theDistrict of Columbia have legalized marijuana use for medicinal or recreational purposes.
Multifamily property managers are often caught in a pot crossfire between state and federal laws when it comes to marijuana use in apartments, especially in states where marijuana use is legal.