On September 14, 2016, HUD issued the final rule entitled Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Environment Harassment and Liability for Discriminatory Housing Practices Under the Fair Housing Act .
This final rule amends HUD’s fair housing regulations to:
- Formalize definitions of ‘‘quid pro quo harassment’’ and ‘‘hostile environment harassment’’ under the Fair Housing Act;
- Formalize standards for evaluating claims of quid pro quo and hostile environment harassment under the Fair Housing Act;
- Add illustrations of prohibited quid pro quo and hostile environment harassment to HUD’s existing Fair Housing Act regulations; and,
- Identify traditional principles of direct and vicarious liability applicable to all discriminatory housing practices under the Fair Housing Act, including quid pro quo and hostile environment harassment.
A further summary and the full text of the final rule are available after the jump.
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Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate-Related Transactions
Last week (April 4, 2016), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued official guidance about how the discriminatory effects and disparate treatment methods of proof apply in Fair Housing Act cases in which a housing provider justifies an adverse housing action – such as a refusal to rent or renew a lease – based on an individual’s criminal history.
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The Anne Arundel County Council will hold a public hearing Monday on a bill that would reduce the percentage of people that must be 55 and older to live in an age-restricted development. The bill, sponsored by County Executive Steve Schuh’s administration, would change the percentage permitted in age-restricted housing developments from 100 percent to 80 percent.
“The Anne Arundel County Council will hold a public hearing Monday on a bill that would reduce the percentage of people that must be 55 and older to live in an age-restricted development…”