The California Apartment Association is providing free fair housing training for rental owners and property managers as part of a regional campaign to end housing discrimination. The six “Essentials of Fair Housing” seminars will be offered at locations throughout Sacramento county during May and June.
The free training is supported by several local governments, including the County of Sacramento, City of Sacramento, City of Elk Grove, City of Rancho Cordova, City of Citrus Heights, City of Folsom, and Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency.
CAA also received assistance from several nonprofit organizations that provide support services to renters. These organizations include Sacramento Self-Help Housing, which helps renters find affordable housing; Project Sentinel, which provides fair housing dispute resolution; and Legal Services of Northern California, which offers free legal services to low-income renters.
The instructor for all the seminars is Puneet Singh, managing partner of PKS Law Group.
“This free training is a proactive effort to educate rental owners and property managers about state and federal fair housing laws, regulations and court decisions,” said Jim Lofgren, CAA senior vice president. “Fair housing violations, such as discriminating against renters with disabilities or families, may result in costly lawsuits, fines and, in serious cases, even jailtime. We hope to prevent that through education.”
Registration for the free seminars is administered by Sacramento Self-Help Housing, not CAA. Advance registration is recommended due to limited seating.