Fair housing laws and occupancy standards are notoriously tricky. So, it’s no surprise that even well-meaning property managers may inadvertently violate the Fair Housing Act. To protect yourself and ensure compliance, make sure you are well versed on these five common standards.
But before we dive in, there’s a general rule that applies to every policy decision in property management:
- Why you approved or denied an applicant based on screening criteria, making sure that non-discriminatory reasons are clear should you be challenged or sued
- Written policies and implementation processes
- Evidence that policies are distributed evenly and fairly
Now let’s look at the fair housing laws property managers need to know.