of having tenants or untrained staff members act as your
agents. Their discriminatory acts could be held against you!
In a recent case, a landlord routinely had one of his tenants
act as an informal “agent” – showing apartments to applicants
and collecting rents from other tenants. In at least one
instance, the tenant-agent told an applicant that the landlord
did not like to rent to a particular group. That off-hand
remark caused the landlord to be a defendant in a fair housing
case, which the landlord ultimately settled by paying the
applicant. The landlord learned that it is not always helpful
to have a tenant “help out” with the landlord’s duties. The same
situation can occur when you fail to have staff members
thoroughly trained in Fair Housing.
Looking for some informative fair
housing training that you can do in your pajamas? All you need
is a computer and
http://fairhousing.iccsafe.org/. The website is sponsored
by HUD and the International Code Council. The course covers
fair housing issues involving accessibility. That means you can
learn about ramps, parking spaces, curb cuts, elevators, and
various other items that affect how well handicapped people can
live at the premises. Best of all, the 12 hour course is free.
A certificate is issued for successful completion of the course.