Fair Housing is a simple concept, "don't discriminate" but following it is not always an easy task. The Federal Fair Housing Act and its many subsequent acts, in both the Federal and state courts, have been the result of many lawsuits involving the interpretation these laws. Judgments have resulted in penalties in the millions against those that do not comply with Fair Housing. Discrimination is a serious problem.
As your property management company, we know that we must understand and follow Fair Housing to the letter to protect our clients and their investments. Additionally, it is important to us to keep you apprised of Fair Housing. Therefore, we have provided you with the following quiz on of this important issue so you can see how well-versed you are in this area.
Are the following statements TRUE or FALSE?
- The purpose of the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act is to ensure that everyone has equal access to housing regardless of their race, national origin, religion, sex, color, disability, familial status. True, this is the basic Fair Housing Act of 1968.
- The Civil Rights Act of 1968 is commonly known as the Fair Housing Act. True, the Civil Rights Act of 1968 is referred to as the Fair Housing Act.
- HUD is the department of Human Resources and Urban Development. False, HUD is the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- The American Disabilities Act was enacted in 1968. False, the American Disabilities Act was enacted in 1988.
- Property Owners can discriminate against service animals. False, property owners cannot discriminate against service animals.
- Property Owners can charge an additional deposit for service animals. False, property owners cannot charge an additional deposit for service animals.
- It is acceptable to use advertising with phrases such as executive home, no kids, and only singles. False, these are considered discrimination in advertising and violate Fair Housing.
- Housing providers must provide equal opportunities to all prospective buyers or renters, whether or not they speak English or are United States citizens.
- President John F. Kennedy signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968. False, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 or what is commonly referred to as the Fair Housing Act.
- Sex was added as a protected class six years later in 1974. Protection from gender discrimination includes any form of sexual harassment and, as proven by recent court cases and legislation, victims of domestic violence are also afforded protections. Yes, sex was added as a protected class in 1974.
- Discrimination in renting is now considered a practice of the past. False, the fight to provide Fair Housing and avoid discrimination is still an ongoing issue.
- Despite the protection afforded those with disabilities, it is illegal for a housing provider to reserve an accessible unit only for those with disabilities. True, a housing provider does not have to reserve an accessible unit for only those with disabilities as long as there is no discrimination involved for any party.