News: Fair Housing/Americans with Disabilities Act


The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 21 heard oral arguments in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project. This case, which deals with tax credits for low-income housing, will address the validity of disparate impact claims under the Federal Fair Housing Act. Disparate impact discrimination occurs when a neutral, non-discriminatory policy has a disproportionate, adverse impact on members of a protected class. The classic example in such a neutral policy in the housing context is denial of tenancy based on criminal arrest records, which has a disproportionate impact on African-Americans. In the Texas case, the… Read More


A Fremont apartment community has recently become the target of a Fair Housing discrimination suit. The Department of Justice alleges that the owner/managers of a 37-unit apartment building discriminated against children with restrictive rules regarding use of grassy areas on the property.

Tagged: Rental Housing Assn. of Southern Alameda

It’s no surprise that some property owners don’t allow pets in their apartments. Who wants the noise, the carpet stains and the doggie doo-doo on prospective tenants’ shoes? Legally, however, one person’s pet may be another person’s companion.  In this type of situation, fair housing laws require owners to make exceptions. Don’t let ignorance bite you at the bank. Take part in the California Apartment Association Oct. 10 webinar “When Is a Pet Not a Pet: Complying with the ADA and Fair Housing Laws.” This class will help CAA members understand state and federal laws requiring property owners to make… Read More