Fair Housing: State vs. Federal Claims & How the Laws are Enforced


January 12, 2023


Jo Becker

  12:00 PM ET | 11:00 AM CT | 09:00 AM PT | 60 Minutes

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You should be familiar with the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), but did you know that your state and local municipalities can adopt fair housing laws as well?

Sometimes state and local protected classes mirror the federal protected classes; sometimes they’re quite different. Sometimes they dramatically increase the number of protections you need to be aware of… and sometimes the federal and state or local protections even conflict.

This session will explain how fair housing laws are enforced at each level, ranging from private lawsuits to formal complaints filed with administrative agencies. Sign up today to learn about the process and, just importantly, to assure you and your team isn’t focused on the forest, only to be missing the trees.

Learning Objectives:

There are a lot of rules, regulations, and legislation that impacts the housing industry. When it comes to fair housing laws specifically – that is, civil rights in housing – you must be familiar with not only the federal Fair Housing Act, but applicable state and local laws as well. Arm yourself with information and bone up on the enforcement process in order to protect your business interests. Sign up today to learn how long a resident or prospect has to file a suit or complaint and what each process entails. 

Session Highlights:

  • Review of the Fair Housing Act’s 7 protected classes
  • Examples of additional protected classes sometimes added by state or local jurisdictions
  • The statute of limitations on fair housing complaints
  • The different processes for lawsuits vs. formal, administrative complaints
  • Possible damages for fair housing violations 

Who Will Benefit:

  • Leasing and on-site managers
  • Portfolio managers
  • Compliance officers
  • Resident services coordinators (in affordable housing communities)
  • Community concierges (in high-end housing communities)
  • Independent landlords or small, “Mom and Pop” operators
  • Service technicians, lead technicians, maintenance supervisors
  • Homeowners association and community managers 

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