Fair Housing Library

Fair Housing Library contains documents with information on Fair Housing including a general overview, data on protected classes, articles about the implications Fair Housing laws can have on building operations and more. 

The Fair Housing resources have been split into sub-categories for easier browsing:

About Fair Housing

An Overview of Fair Housing

The attached documents each present a general overview of what Fair Housing is and what it means. Files with the prefix "NALP" from the NAA Education Institute’s National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP) certificate program. NALP is available through your local apartment association or online. To learn more about NALP or to register for a course, visit the Education section of the website. 

Protected Classes

The attached articles are from various sources including For Rent Media Solutions, and were posted with permission to the original NAA Community Site & Online Resource Center. These articles explore some protected classes further and predict future additions to the protected class list. A state-by-state guide to protected classes is also included. 

Fair Housing and Disability Status

There are differences between the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act. The attached articles discuss thoose differences, and the impact that the ADA has on the FHA. Files with the prefix "NALP" from the NAA Education Institute’s National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP) certificate program. NALP is available through your local apartment association or online. To learn more about NALP or to register for a course, go to the Education section of the NAA website. 

Domestic Violence

The attached file was posted with permission to the original NAA Community Site & Online Resource Center and discuss the role domestic violence plays in housing, and Fair Housing laws. 

 

Implications on Operations

Training: Fair Housing Jeopardy

These Fair Housing training materials for onsite staff include a Jeopardy styled game with questions, answers and signage. These files were shared with the original NAA Community Site & Online Resource Center, and were submitted by the Property Management Association of West Michigan. 

Fair Housing's Leasing Implications

A collection of documents pertaining to various implications Fair Housing laws have on the leasing process. Files with the prefix "NALP" from the NAA Education Institute’s National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP) certificate program. NALP is available through your local apartment association or online. To learn more about NALP or to register for a course, visit the Education section of the NAA website. 

Fair Housing's Role in Maintenance Requests

Fair Housing laws may play a role in the ways your property handles maintenance requests. The attached articles discuss various maintenance and Fair Housing scenerios to be aware of. 

Fair Housing Signage

The attached documents are signage that apartment communities can use to indicate they comply with Fair Housing guidelines. 

Service Animals

Under Fair Housing, service animals of all types must be accomodated. More details are in this units Magazine article from June 2012. 

Fair Housing's Role in Marketing

Fair Housing laws may impact certain images or phrases you can use in marketing materials. The attached article appeared in the September 2011 issue of units Magazine, and additional materials will be added as they become available. 

Credit Score Policies

Treating the credit scores of married couples differently than roommate groups can create Fair Housing issues, depdnding on what state you're in, according to this units Magazine article from February 2012. 

Fair Parking

A list of 10 things to know in order to avoid fair housing complaints related to parking. 

Medical Marijuana 

According to this article which appeared in the July 2013 issue of UNITS Magazine, a request to smoke medical marijuane must be considered as a reasonable accomodation request, regardless of your community smoking policy.  

Miscellaneous

Celebrating the Holidays Under Fair Housing

This units Magazine article from December 2011 discusses appropriate and inappropriate ways to celebrate the holiday season within your community in accordance with Fair Housing laws. 

Fair Housing and Senior Communities

This units Magazine article from May 2010 explaind the ways in which Fair Housing law applies to adult communities. 

Odor Complaints

When handling resident odor complaints about other apartment homes in your community, follow the tips outlined in the atatched document to make sure you're not breaking any Fair Housing laws. 

Curfews for Minors

Imposing curfews on minors for the community areas of your apartment community could be a form of familial status discrimination. 

Prospective Residents' Cars and Fair Housing Implications

Checking out a prospective resident's car could create some Fair Housing issues, according to this article from the May 2013 issue of units Magazine. 

 

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