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HUD Brings Charges Against Three Housing Design And Construction Companies

HUD Brings Charges Against Housing Design And Construction Companies

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced charges against companies in New York, Pennsylvania and Georgia for alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act. We report about Fair Housing cases in this space to remind house hunters of their Fair Housing Act rights, but it’s not as common to report on a case that spans multiple companies and states the way this case does. HUD’s charge involves accusations of housing discrimination associated with the design and construction “of a 40-unit North 8 Condominium development in Brooklyn, New York, in accordance with the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act”. Those named in the HUD Fair Housing Act charges include Toll Brothers, Inc.; Toll Land XIII Limited Partner; Lendlease (US) Construction LMB, Inc; Greenberg Farrow Architecture, Inc.; and 51 | more...

 
HUD Announces Fair Housing Charges Against Colorado Landlords

HUD Announces Fair Housing Charges Against Colorado Landlords

Housing discrimination can affect any stage of the house hunting process. And even when that discrimination occurs with a rental property, it can seriously affect the ability to locate and purchase a home. House hunters who need to rent during their journey to home ownership have it difficult enough with all the paperwork and preparation in the home buying process. They don’t need violations of federal law making the process harder, and sometimes the victims of such discrimination are the only ones who have the power to stop future vioations. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced Fair Housing Act charges for owners and manager of a complex in Gunnison, Colorado. David B. Welch, John H.Welch, and Ruth E. Welch are all named as Respondents in | more...

 
Will FHA Loans Let Me Rent Out My Home?

FHA Home Loan Rules And Fair Housing Laws

We report on Fair Housing cases from time to time, a reminder to those looking for housing that there are federal laws that protect against discrimination in housing. But what are the FHA home loan rules in this area? Did you know that the FHA loan program has specific instructions to the lender regarding Fair Housing laws? Those instructions are found in HUD 4000.1, the FHA Single-Family Home Loan Handbook. Page 120 of that handbook instructs the lender, “The Mortgagee is required to comply with all federal, state and local laws, rules, and requirements applicable to the mortgage transaction, including all applicable disclosure requirements and the requirements of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), including those related to:  Truth in Lending Act (TILA); and  Real Estate Settlement Procedure Act (RESPA).” | more...

 
HUD Brings Charges Against Three Housing Design And Construction Companies

HUD Approves California Housing Discrimination Settlement

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a settlement in a California housing discrimination case involving complaints of “redlining” against CIT Group, Inc., and CIT Bank, N.A., doing business as OneWest Bank. Investopedia.com defines redlining as “an unethical practice” that can include denying mortgages, mortgage insurance, or other financial services based on location (the justification being that such locations are “bad neighborhoods”) rather than “an individual’s qualifications and creditworthiness.” This practice was made illegal by the Fair Housing Act. Specifically, the Fair Housing Act makes it a violation of federal law for discriminating on the basis of race or national origin to include the practice of denying credit to residents of predominantly minority neighborhoods. “Homeownership is the foundation of the American dream,” said Anna María Farías, HUD’s Assistant | more...

 
HUD Announces Expanded Disaster Relief Options

HUD Announces Fair Housing Agreement In California Discrimination Case

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a concillaition agreement in a California Fair Housing discrimination case. Recently, HUD approved a $10,000 Conciliation Agreement between a California fair housing group and “the agents and mortgage company for Boardwalk Townhomes in Corona, California. This agreement settles allegations that Boardwalk Townhomes discriminated against African American home seekers” according to a HUD press release. Federal Fair Housing Act laws forbid those in the housing industry from offering different terms or conditions on the sale or rental of a dwelling based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. Those who have been discriminated against in such a fashion should report violations to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. “A person’s race should never be a factor in | more...

 
HUD Brings Charges Against Three Housing Design And Construction Companies

Fair Housing: HUD Partners With John Marshall Law School

The Fair Housing Act is an important law that requires those at every stage of the housing process to provide discrimination-free practices. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is at the forefront of efforts to insure fair housing, but the agency wants to do more than just act as the enforcement arm of Fair Housing law whether applicable to borrowers and house hunters or to those looking for rental properties. HUD recently announced a partnership with the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and Cloudburst Consulting Group, Inc., to develop the National Fair Housing Training Academy (NFHTA). According to a press release on the HUD official site, this academy “will prepare fair housing advocates, lawyers, investigators, and other stakeholders on effective strategies and techniques for addressing discriminatory housing policies | more...

 
HUD Announces Expanded Disaster Relief Options

HUD Charges Maine Apartment Owners With Fair Housing Act Violations

Violations of the Fair Housing Act can seriously compromise a house hunter’s ability to find and keep housing. Even discrimination at the rental level can affect the ability to buy a home-how is someone supposed to rent an apartment in the meantime while dealing with discrimination? We report on these issues to raise awareness of how Fair Housing Act laws make house hunting more accessible and how violations of these laws hinder the consumer. In a recent example, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced charges against Roderick Apartments in Clinton, Maine for alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act. These charges are associated with a complaint that the apartment owners denied a veteran with disabilities to keep an assistance animal on the property. Fair Housing Act | more...

 
HUD Announces Expanded Disaster Relief Options

HUD Brings Fair Housing Act Charges Against Minnesota Landlords

Housing discrimination can affect potential borrowers and renters at any stage in the house-hunting or home seeking process. Discrimination in rental housing can negatively affect the attempt to find and buy a home in cases where the victim needs to rent a unit while still looking for a house to purchase with a mortgage loan. Housing discrimination of any kind whether in renting or buying is prohibited by federal law. The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced charges against Minneapolis landlords in a Fair Housing Act case involving a rental unit denied to tenants over reasonable accommodation issues. The HUD official site published a press release alleging that the owners “refused to allow a single mother to live with an assistance animal, a cat, for her oldest daughter, | more...

 
HUD Announces Fair Housing Charges Against Colorado Landlords

HUD Announces Charges In Idaho Fair Housing Case

April was Fair Housing Month, and while HUD’s annual push to raise awareness of housing laws in the United States has come and gone, the agency prosecutes Fair Housing cases year round. One the most recent; the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced charges of Fair Housing Act violations against the owners and manager of a rental home in Nampa, Idaho. HUD’s case alleges that a married couple was refused a rental property there because they have children. The Fair Housing Act makes it a crime to “deny or limit housing because a family has children under the age of 18, make statements that discriminate against families with children, and impose different rules, restriction and policies on them” according to the HUD announcement at HUD.gov. “Denying a | more...

 
HUD Announces Expanded Disaster Relief Options

HUD Announces $1.2 Million To Fight Housing Discrimination

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced $1.2 in funding toward the fight against housing discrimination. The HUD official site made the announcement on May 30, 2019. The federal funding falls under the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) to “support the efforts of 11 organizations to educate the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.” April, which is Fair Housing Month, saw the agency award $15 million to similar types of organizations nationwide “to conduct a range of fair housing enforcement, capacity building and education and outreach” all designed to end discrimination at all stages of the housing process. The Secretary of HUD was quoted in a press release stating,”HUD’s efforts to fight housing discrimination are force multiplied by local fair | more...