Q&A: Is there a potential fair housing problem with advertising online that we have, say, two available units at our property, when in fact we have, say, five units? If someone comes to the property, we will show all five units. But we want to show online a more limited supply to create a sense of urgency and demand. Also, some units may be under renovation and we’re not exactly sure when they’ll be available.
Put another way, can we block available units from being displayed online, when we will show these units to people who come to the property in person?
HUD recently announced that it has entered into a Voluntary Compliance Agreement with a New York City-based site. The site provides affordable subsidized units though the Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment Program and the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program.
The agreement arose from a compliance review that was conducted by HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently published Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s Underserved Market Plans for 2022–2024. The plans outline how each firm intends to meet its obligations under FHFA’s Enterprise Duty-to-Serve Rule.
The context: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac initially submitted their 2022–24 plans in May 2021, but FHFA rejected both plans in October, saying they did not sufficiently support affordable housing activities. The Duty-to-Serve program requires Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to facilitate a secondary market for mortgages on housing for very low-, low-, and moderate-income families in: Manufactured Housing, Affordable Housing Preservation, and Rural Housing.
The pandemic has illustrated the need for landlords and tenants to be flexible and work together to find solutions to leases that have become disadvantageous. One approach is to enter into a buy-out agreement allowing the tenant to end the lease early in exchange for an agreed-to sum of money.
The central issue in buy-out negotiations is how much the tenant should pay for the right to end the lease before the term expires. The stronger the market, the lower the buy-out price. Explanation: It’s easier to replace a tenant, often at a higher rent, when the market is strong. Replacing tenants is more challenging in a soft market.
In March, the Maine Human Rights Commission found evidence that an assisted living provider violated state nondiscrimination protections when it denied an applicant a room because she is a transgender woman.
The commission’s investigation began last fall, after the LGBTQ legal advocacy organization GLAD filed a discrimination complaint with the commission on behalf of a 78-year-old woman, claiming that she was denied a room by a Maine assisted living facility because she is transgender.
Your site may impose a no pets policy or limit the number of pets a tenant may keep in the apartment. However, from time to time, you may receive a request to allow a disabled tenant to keep one or more assistance animals despite your pet restrictions.
According to HUD (FHEO 2020-01), there are two types of assistance animals...