By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As explained in a previous post, in 2016, HUD published a rule that clarified that association-governed boards and their managing agents have legal duty to prevent housing discrimination in their communities. Some industry leaders, including members of trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI), expressed strong disapproval of the Quid Pro Quo/Hostile Environment Rule. Some professional were spreading misinformation, insisting that HUD expected homeowners, condominium, and cooperative association leaders to Continue ReadingCan your HOA end neighbor on neighbor housing discrimination?
Fair Housing complaint filed with HUD By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Industry trade groups and developers’ sales agents sell condominium associations as “communities” that share more than just housing. They sell a lifestyle with that “cultivates a true sense of community.” But every week new reports of internal conflict, bullying and harassment, and blatant discrimination in association-governed communities appear in the news. The latest incident is an outrageous display of anti-Christian management Continue ReadingFL condo association bans Christian music, bible study in meeting room
Buyer claimed discrimination due to disabilities By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Tompkins Manor co-op, and management company West-Ex Associates were named in a recent settlement in a Fair Housing complaint alleging discrimination based on disability status. According to reports, Michael Forster is a 34-year old man with congenital heart defects, and, due to medical disabilities including previous heart attacks, he is unable to hold a full-time job. However, Michael’s parents established a trust fund Continue ReadingNY Co-op fined $125K for violation of Fair Housing Act
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The origins of early planned and private communities of the 20th century were rooted in principles of exclusive accommodations for the privileged class. When developers started mass producing housing for the middle class following World War II, neighborhoods became more segregated by race and social class, mainly because banks at the time instituted a practice called “redlining” limiting the ability of minority class individuals to obtain mortgages Continue ReadingDoes your HOA, condo association discriminate?