Questions tagged [fair-housing-acts]

Questions involving statutes that govern rental, lease, and sale of housing.

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Precedent Request— Reasonable accommodations under the FHA in the context of eviction proceedings

I am looking for circuit court and/or supreme court cases (specifically 5th circuit but all are welcome) that state or refute: 1.) A landlords obligation under the fair housing act to make reasonable ...
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Is there any law in the Unites States (in NYC) requiring plumbing inspections after ___ years in apartment buildings?

I live in Brooklyn, NY and recently my apartment unit toilet had a minor clog and overflow (when I wasn’t home) that the landlord is insisting has caused water damage in his basement (I saw there was ...
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I was lead to believe I signed a housing lease, but read the contract and found out I signed a limited license housing agreement. Is this legal?

I was recently served a complaint stating I owe one year's rent on a housing lease I mistakenly renewed.I did not live on the property the whole year. When reading the contract, it states that this ...
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Mandatory rent increase in tenancy agreement? (UK)

I'm considering entering into a tenancy agreement as a private tenant for a house; this is quite a high value rental, around the top 1% of the market. I have not yet paid over the holding deposit, ...
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Equivalents to California's Ellis Act

According to Wikipedia, The Ellis Act (California Government Code Chapter 12.75)1 is a 1985 California state law that allows landlords to evict residential tenants to "go out of the rental business"...
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Is it permissible by law to charge tenants for additional roommates?

Preface: I plan to purchase a single family home and rent it out to university students. Originally, it was expected that there would be one student per room (as communal areas would be sized ...
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How can universities legally discriminate against a sex when filling dorms?

Landlords are not allowed to discrimate against a sex when renting to tenants as this is one of the protected classes. How do universities get away with discriminating against a sex when filling ...
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Can I ask for disclosure of CCTV to be used in Appeal against Possession order in UK

A district Judge made an unfair and biased possession order to make me homeless despite I provided large volume of evidence such as digitally dated photos, Facebook photos, over than 8 neighbours ...
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Are these HOA rules legal?

Many condo associations and HOAs restrict renting to some extent. Is it legal for a condo association or HOA to allow renting, yet impose some or all of these rules: The minimum amount of rent you ...
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seller didn't disclose smoke smell in the house

I bought a house 3 weeks ago, and after moving in, I found there's smoke smell in the house, like tobaccos, although I didn't notice that during the home inspection or the final walk through. I ...
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Is it legal to rent exclusively to members of a religious college?

According to the Civil Rights act, one is not allowed to discriminate based on religion when it comes to housing. What about one who wants to rent only to members of a certain religious institution (...
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Tennants have not been informed that the house has been sold

I rent a house that the landlord is trying to sell, and the landlord said I have 3 months to leave from when he has found a buyer. The estate agents have found a buyer, but they have not yet informed ...
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Landlord promised partial refund of apartment rent - how can I enforce this?

I currently live in Germany and I have rented an apartment for three months with monthly cost 450 euros. The deposit/caution was 1,200 euros. My problem is that my landlord (let's call him Bob) is ...
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What are the prerequisites for a group to be considered a protected class?

Googling and looking online at fair house law and so forth have not yielded any information on the conditions needed to be met for a group to be protected under fair house and considered a protected ...
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Does the Fair Housing Act restrict landlords from offering incentives to educated tenants?

Can a landlord in the U.S. offer a special deal to move in tenants who, let's say, have Ph.D.s or Master's degrees? Is this legal?
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Applicability of Fair Housing Act to cooperative housing

In Fair Housing Council v. Roommate.com, the 9th circuit held that the Fair Housing Act did not apply to the selection of roommates. The gist, if I read correctly, is that FHA was not intended to ...
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Does the Fair Housing Act protect more privileged groups

A legal professional friend of mine recently told me that when a cooperative housing organization is considering whether to offer a lease to an applicant, it is OK for those deciding to make ...
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Can I sublet my apartment for the full lease amount and then live there effectively for free?

If I'm leasing a 2 bedroom apartment, can I sublet for the full amount of the lease, then live in the other room for free? Can the person I'm subletting to have a legal right to kick me out, even ...
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Is “US Citizenship required” a legal qualification for jobs, housing, etc.?

Despite what the DoJ or EEOC might say about employment discrimination (or perhaps because of broad terms in the exceptions), I see various jobs, housing, grants, and other opportunities, advertised ...
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Does “Roommate Law” apply to Mitchell Lama apartments in NYC

New York State has a law that says that landlords cannot prevent tenants from having a roommate. http://codes.findlaw.com/ny/real-property-law/rpp-sect-235-f.html Does this apply to the Mitchell ...
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Religious Freedom, Housing, and Apostasy

I was raised in the LDS (Mormon) church and am an official member. I am currently attending college and rooming in an apartment complex owned by said church. To make a long story short, I am now ...
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Leased apartment changed management. Is requiring in-person payment unreasonable?

I live in a college town in California with a leased apartment. On June 26th, a noticed (in paper) was posted on our doors that the apartment complexes have been sold, effective immediately. Part of ...
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UK Housing Law - Section 21 Housing Act 1988 - The Tenants Rights

As we know, section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 outlines what steps a Landlord can take in order to regain possession of his property. My question is in relation of the rights of the tenant being asked ...
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Is occupation distinct from “source of income”?

As per California Government Code, section 12955, it's illegal to discriminate housing accommodation based on the source of income. However, what about the occupation itself? For example, is it ...
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Is it legal to restrict housing to certain occupations?

I've spoken with a landowner in the rural area of Saratoga, California, who owns a single parcel with more land than he knows what to do with, and I asked him why doesn't he build an MDU or some such, ...
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Does fair housing law prevent landlords from making deals?

I've had a couple of negotiation dealings with various corporate landlords (for residential housing) in a couple of states, and, basically, every time I would try to negotiate any sort of a remotely ...