Kids and Community Rules (Familial Status): What Apartment Managers Must Know

Live Webinar

  • 90 minutes

Fair Housing Amendment Act of 1988 added "Familial Status" to the list of federally protected classes under the Fair Housing Act (the Act). Under Familial Status protections, the Act prohibits discrimination against families with children under the age of 18, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18 in housing. Apartment communities must allow families with children as per federal law, unless they fall into a very narrow exception. Are you completely familiar and fully compliant with the familial status protection under the Fair Housing Act (FHA)? You should know the rules, procedures, and policies that aren’t in line with the law. This could be a liability that could cost individual staff members as well as the company and property owner big time!

Join this session by expert speaker Jo Becker, where she will cover the INs and OUTs of Familial Status Protection under Fair Housing Act (FHA) and how to protect your interests.

Session Highlights:

  • Review of Fair Housing Laws & Regulations and illegal discrimination & disparate impact

  • All seven federally protected classes under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA)

  • What practices are illegal including special issues with regards to Familial Status

  • Consequences of Fair Housing(FH) violations

  • Some practical strategies for staying in compliance

  • A brief primer on the Housing For Older Persons(HFOP) Act

Why You Should Attend:

You should already know that “no kids,” “no teenagers,” and “no toddlers” policies will land you in legal jeopardy, but there’s much more you should know about occupancy standards and community rules!

Join us as we dive into the nuances of Familial Status Protections under the Fair Housing Act, including the most common violations, to assure your community is in compliance with federal law.

Who Should Attend:

  • Leasing and on-site managers

  • Portfolio managers

  • Compliance officers

  • Resident services coordinators (in affordable housing communities)

  • Maintenance and service technicians

  • Community concierges (in high-end housing communities)

  • Independent landlords or small operators, “Mom and Pop” operators

*You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.

** You can buy On-Demand and view it as per your convenience.

Jo Becker

Jo Becker

A Realtor®-turned-fair housing advocate, Jo Becker was a licensed housing provider for 8 years before working for a statewide fair housing nonprofit for 10 years. There she trained over 10,000 individuals to consistently rave reviews.

Jo’s focuses on training housing providers including property managers, maintenance and service technicians, and private landlords. She has also studied emergency preparedness and disaster response with a focus on animals since 2005. She often combines the two bringing urgent, timely information about animals-in-housing to the housing industry.

Today Jo’s career consists of an unexpected alchemy of public speaking and writing on topics that blend lifelong passions and multiple career experiences. Regardless of topic or audience, Jo’s aim is to inform, empower, and inspire with historical and relatable context, understandable concepts, and bottom line considerations.

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