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Fair Housing 101 | Lesson 8 | Chilling? Not as cool as you think!

What is “Chilling” in regards to fair housing laws and why must it be avoided? Chilling refers to comments or acts designed to discourage applicants in a protected class from renting your properties and is, therefore, intentional discrimination.  They are a form of obvious “steering” read about this in lesson 7.   General examples of […]

Fair Housing 101 | Lesson 7 | How not to “steer” applicants.

What is “Steering” and why should it be avoided? Steering is an attempt by owners/managers to control where someone lives because of their protected class, regardless of how well intended.  Perceived “steering” can result in a fair housing complaint. Common targets are: Families with children. Steering can include directing applicants to downstairs or end units […]

Fair Housing 101 | Lesson 6 | Standards for Accessibility.

Q:  Who sets the standards for accessibility, what is a reasonable modification and who is financially responsible? A: The ADA requires all properties where the public is invited, including a rental office, must be accessible unless: It is “technically infeasible” or poses an “undue financial burden” on the property. This includes not only rental offices […]

Fair Housing 101 | Lesson 5 | Handling Requests for Modifications.

Q: How must a property owner or management company handle applicant’s requests for modifications? A: Owners or agents need to: 1. Understand disabled persons have two special rights to insure equal rights in housing. A. Right of Reasonable Modification: a physical change made to a unit that enables the person to have full use and […]

Fair Housing 101 | Lesson 4 | Disabled Rights & Request Handling.

Q: What are the definitions of disability and when identified, how must the agent or landlord handle issues of confidentiality and applicant’s requests for modification? A: Disabled persons have two special rights under the law to insure equal rights in housing and they are: 1. Right of Reasonable Modification – a physical change made to […]

Fair Housing 101 | Lesson 3 | Definitions of Disability.

As a landlord, if you hire a professional property management company in San Diego, it is solid layer of protection if they keep up with California Fair Housing Laws. Q: What are the definitions of disability and when identified, what are the rules of confidentiality for a landlord or rental agent? A: Definitions are more […]

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