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[VIDEO] Top 10 Fair Housing Mistakes

It’s Hip to be Fair

Because April is Fair Housing Month, it is the perfect time to review the top 10 Fair Housing mistakes, which are commonly made by landlords and property management personnel.

Discrimination means treating someone differently because of their membership in a protected class.

There are seven protected classes defined by the Fair Housing Act.

  • Sex
  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Familial Status
  • Disability Status

According to Grace Hill the following are the Top 10 fair housing mistakes.

  1. Forbidding children from doing things differently than adults.
  2. Asking a prospective renter how many children they have.
  3. Not realizing your state or city may have protected classes in addition to the 7 in the Fair Housing Act Use the HUD website as your guide.
  4. Not keeping good records, make sure everything is documented.
  5. Denying a rental application because of a bad feeling about a customer, stick to the same guidelines for all applicants.
  6. Refusing to create a reserved parking spot for a disability, even though there is handicapped parking in the lot.
  7. Telling residents they can’t have a service animal in the unit because your policy doesn’t allow pets.
  8. Not realizing that hording is a disability. Proceed with caution in this area.
  9. Letting maintenance do repairs in any order they like. Follow the repair schedule.
  10. Failing to train all people who interact with your customers on fair housing requirements. If they talk to the public, they need to be trained.

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