What's Behind The Changes Fair Housing Law?
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of dwellings on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.
On April 4, 2016 HUD’s Office of General Counsel issued new guidance with warnings about the use of criminal history when considering a new rental applicant. Specifically, the new guidance addresses the chance of discrimination by a landlord in which a landlord justifies an adverse housing action – such as a refusal to rent or renew a lease – based on an individual’s criminal history
Update - Changes To Fair Housing Laws
After careful review of the new guidance from HUD which warns about the use of criminal history when considering a new rental applicant, we offer the following suggestions:
Update Your Company Policy
- HUD did not warn landlords to never consider criminal history. Thus you should obtain a National Criminal History report for EVERY person who completes a Rental Application or obtain them for NO ONE. It is clearly discrimination to order reports for some applicants but not all.
The New Yorker - Pets Allowed
What a wonderful time it is for the scammer, the conniver, and the cheat: the underage drinkers who flash fake I.D.s, the able-bodied adults who drive cars with handicapped license plates, the parents who use a phony address so that their child can attend a more desirable public school, the customers with eleven items who stand in the express lane. The latest group to bend the law is pet owners.
New Florida Law Pertaining to Rental Applications from Service Members
A new new Florida Statute Section 83.683 becomes effective July 1, 2016. This new law, in part, addresses the rental of property to “servicemembers,” and applies to condominiums, cooperatives, homeowner associations, and landlords.
The pertinent section of the law requires a landlord, condominium, cooperative, homeowner association, or landlord to complete the processing of a rental application submitted by a servicemen within a specified timeframe. It says that a landlord is required to process a rental application from a military servicemen within seven days of submission. Within that seven day period, the landlord must provide a written response of the approval or denial of the application, and if denied, the reason for the denial.
If they do not provide a timely denial of the rental application, the landlord must lease the rental unit to the servicemen if all other terms of the application and lease are met. Read More
Urgent Warning for Those with Android Phones
What is ransomware?
Ransomare is software with malicious code that can lock a device or computer so that it cannot be used. This means that you won’t be able to open any apps or access the settings on the device. A message usually appears explaining the device is locked and that you need to pay a “ransom” in order to unlock it and get rid of the malicious software.
The good news is that your data is usually safe, but the bad news is that paying the ransom won’t actually remove the software.
Binghampton NY May Require Landlords to Order Background Reports
Binghamton City Council is weighing legislation that would require landlords, realtors and others who rent or sell property in the city to complete criminal background checks on prospective tenants and buyers.
Single-Family Built-for-Rent Market is on the Rise
Proposal would hold North Adams landlords liable for ignoring drug activity
NORTH ADAMS, MA — Landlords who turn a blind eye to drug activity on their properties could face sanctions from the city under a proposal introduced this week by Councilor Keith Bona.
The ordinance, which was referred to the council's public safety committee for review, would levy fines upon landlords who do not take immediate action to evict a tenant arrested for drug-related crimes.
"If they do know and don't care, a hefty fine and their name attached to the illegal activity of allowing it to continue may be the persuasion they need to remove those tenants," Bona wrote in a letter to the City Council.
New York Mayor De Blasio Vows to Punish Landlords Who Reject Homeless Vouchers
"A housing voucher should be treated like you showed up with a stack of cash or a platinum card. It has to be respected," he said. "Any form of discrimination against those who have valid government support is illegal in this city and we will very aggressively enforce that law."
The city's Human Rights Commission is investigating 85 landlords. The mayor said that will send a message.
"We are going to make examples of people," he said. "A landlord who thinks they can get away with it then sees another landlord suddenly hit with a huge fine will wake up real quick." Read More