HUD Resolves Familial Status Fair Housing Act Case From Maine for $18,000

In a statement issued last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it resolved a familial status Fair Housing Act (FHA) case from Maine for $18,000. The case, stated by a fair housing tester group, began when fair housing testers – who were posing as parents with children – followed up on advertising indicating that children were not allowed and asserted those ads were discriminatory. In addition to the advertisements, it was alleged the property owner and agent refused to negotiate rental terms as well as made discriminatory statements to the testers posing as parents. HUD’s consent order concludes an October 2018 charge of discrimination against the property owner and real estate agent. As is typical in these types of cases, in addition to the $18,000 payment, the Respondents agreed to undergo fair housing training. The takeaway here for professional apartment management includes that: (a) fair housing testers are out…

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