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HUD Issues Final Rule Related to “Hostile Environment Harassment” Under the Fair Housing Act

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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Federal – HUD Issues Guidance on Use of Criminal Records by Housing Providers

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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Colorado – HOA accused of excessive accommodations for senior home

HOA accused of excessive accommodations for senior home

HIGHLANDS RANCH – Frustrated Highlands Ranch residents say their homeowners association is bending the rules too far to accommodate a senior citizen home. The new owner of the house on Forrest Drive, near Cougar Run Elementary School, is converting it from a three-bedroom house to a group home for eight senior citizens with Alzheimer’s or other mental disorders.

Maryland – County Council to consider easing age restricted project requirements

County Council to consider easing age-restricted project requirements

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…”

New York – Cove Club Condo Drops Eviction Suit Against Service Dog Owner, But Discrimination Case Against Condo Will Press On

Cove Club Condo Drops Eviction Suit Against Service Dog Owner, But Discrimination Case Presses OnThe Cove Club Condominium in Battery Park City has halted eviction proceedings against a deaf, 76-year-old deaf resident who has kept a service dog since 2012. The condo board moved to dismiss the eviction action against Roman Erihkman, according to court filings. However, the discrimination lawsuit against the condo board filed by the New York…

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Kentucky – Lawsuit names Garrard homeowners’ association

Lawsuit names Garrard homeowners’ associationLANCASTER – A disabled couple from northern Garrard County, with help from the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, have filed a lawsuit against a subdivision homeowners’ group alleging discrimination. The KCHR filed the complaint in Garrard Circuit Court last week on behalf of Clay and Susan Horn against the Natures Trace Homeowners Association.

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