If you’ve been in the multifamily business for a while, you’ve no doubt heard this mantra when you attended your annual fair housing refresher course: “Treat everyone the same, treat everyone the SAME, treat EVERYONE the SAME!” While it was never good advice, with the advent of Disparate Impact, it is now dangerous advice and the express lane to a fair housing complaint or lawsuit.
No longer are neutral policies automatically safe, and no longer can we deny occupancy to anyone with a felony conviction, or, in many areas, deny consideration to an applicant based solely on their source of income. The list of policies and practices affected by the application of Disparate Impact Theory continues to grow and as is the case with any compliance issues, ignorance is no excuse.
In this session we’ll look at the differences between the two types of discrimination – discrimination due to difference treatment and discrimination due to disparate impact – and what policies and practices are affected. We’ll take a close look at criminal background checks, source of income – especially Section 8 vouchers, victims of domestic violence, limited English proficiency, occupancy standards and even some time-honored qualifying standards such as credit and employment history. We’ll explore the HUD three-step process used to evaluate disparate impact claims and we’ll review strategies to minimize the possibility of non-compliance. Finally, we’ll look at the importance of training everyone, regardless of their position or title, about fair housing compliance and especially those areas most often identified in disparate impact complaints.
Who Should Attend
Community Managers, Multi-site Managers (Area, Regional), Mid-level Management Company Executives, Training and Development Professionals, Marketing Professionals.
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