Fair Housing, Fair Solutions: Managing Conflicting Accommodation Needs By the Fair Housing Institute

Navigating the complexities of accommodation requests under the Fair Housing Act is essential for creating inclusive and equitable living spaces. When these requests conflict, as in the case of competing accommodation needs among residents, the challenge for those overseeing housing policies and compliance intensifies. This article offers insights and strategies for effectively managing such situations,…

Are You Prepared for Fair Housing Testing? Tips to Help You Pass With Flying Colors By the Fair Housing Institute

Fair housing testing is an essential tool for ensuring that property owners and managers comply with fair housing laws. The practice involves sending testers, who pose as potential renters, to assess whether landlords and property managers are engaging in discriminatory practices. As a landlord or property manager, it’s crucial to be prepared for when a…

Fair Housing Matters – Landlord Liability for Tenant-on-Tenant Discrimination By Bradley S. Kraus

While seasoned landlords are no strangers to handling tenant disputes, one particular situation – tenant-on-tenant discrimination – requires additional discussion and immediate action. Buried within the Oregon Administrative Rules is OAR 839-005-0206 which details specific theories of discrimination involving housing in Oregon.   One particular section involves landlords: (5) Tenant-on-tenant harassment: A housing provider is liable…

Fair Housing Laws Protecting Rights of LGBT Community Are Ever-Evolving By- Ellen Clark

In recent years, the LGBT community has earned additional rights under the law in many different contexts. From same-sex marriage recognition to restroom access corresponding to a person’s gender identity, the law is constantly evolving. The Federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) does not specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes.  However, discrimination…

Statewide Initiative Repeals Rent Control Protections of the Costa Hawkins Fair Housing Act of 1995

Below are open letters from Attorney Michael Millman opposing the Affordable Housing Act. Dear Mayor Garcetti: I’m certain that when you served on the City Council and chaired the Council Housing Committee, you always made certain that important housing legislation was thoroughly examined, reviewed and evaluated by not only tenant rights representatives, but also several…

New HUD Criteria Under the Fair Housing Act For Screening Applicants for Prior Criminal Conduct – By Judy Drickey-Prohow, Esq.

On November 30, 2015 the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidance involving the use of criminal background screening in federally assisted properties. In honor of Fair Housing Month, HUD issued new guidance on April 4, 2016 for this topic for all communities. That guidance, which was effective immediately, requires…