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Yesterday the U.S. Department of Justice Sued the Housing Authority in Wayne County, Illinois, for Race Discrimination in Violation of the Fair Housing Act
Here is another example of a lawsuit that was recently filed by the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") to enforce the Fair Housing Act. I try to post summaries of these types of cases in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fa...
Hello. I'm relatively new to Active Rain (joined on February 2, 2009) and am still figuring things out. I have a question about whether I should be posting my blogs as either available to the Public or Members Only. As you know, you need to make a "Visibility" designation when you post a new blo...
$62,000 Settlement in Fair Housing Disability Discrimination Case Against Apartment Complex for Refusing to Allow Residents to Keep Service Dogs
On May 29, 2008, the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") settled a fair housing disability discrimination case for $62,000 that was brought against an apartment complex and the on-site manager for refusing to allow residents to keep service dogs. United States v. Stealth Investments LLC; ...
A Housing Provider Cannot Charge an Extra Fee or Require an Additional Deposit from Applicants or Residents with Disabilities as a Condition of Granting a Reasonable Accommodation
Under the Fair Housing Act, housing providers may not require persons with disabilities to pay extra fees or deposits as a condition of receiving a reasonable accommodation. Example 1: A man who is substantially limited in his ability to walk uses a motorized scooter for mobility purposes. He ap...
When and How an Individual Needs to Request a Reasonable Accommodation or Permission to Make a Reasonable Modification under the Fair Housing Act
Under the Fair Housing Act, a resident or an applicant for housing makes a reasonable accommodation request whenever she makes clear to the housing provider that she is requesting an exception, change, or adjustment to a rule, policy, practice, or service because of her disability. She should exp...
General Information about What Kinds of Information, If Any, a Housing Provider May Request from a Person with an Obvious or Known Disability Who is Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation or Reasonable Modification
A housing provider is entitled to obtain information that is necessary to evaluate whether a requested reasonable accommodation or reasonable modification may be necessary because of a disability. If a person’s disability is obvious, or otherwise known to the housing provider, and if the need for...
If someone disabled asks a housing provider to create or designate a parking space for them, generally the law is going to require the housing provider to create or designate the space if three conditions are met: (1) the resident must ask for a designated space; (2) creating or designating the p...
DOJ Obtains $120,000 Settlement in Discrimination Lawsuit against Chicago Area Realtors (Resulted from Use of Fair Housing Testers)
I was in the process of updating the online fair housing continuing education courses offered by my school (www.123ConEd.com), when I came across this Fair Housing Act case that was just settled two days ago (February 17, 2009). Because fair housing is such an important topic, I thought that I'd ...
Hello. I'm relatively new to Active Rain (joined on February 2, 2009), and am still figuring things out. There is one thing that I cannot figure out how to do, so I thought that I'd seek the wisdom my fellow Active Rainers. When leaving comments to various blogs, I've noticed that some comment...
HUD Settles Disability Discrimination Case against Managers and Owners of Apartment Complex Who Failed to Reasonably Accommodate Autistic Child for $40,000
I was in the process of updating the online fair housing continuing education courses offered by my school (www.123ConEd.com), when I came across this Fair Housing Act case. In United States Department of Housing and Urban Development v. Princeton Property Management, Inc., and Masters Loop, LLC,...