Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 is the Fair Housing Act. Under this federal law, discrimination is prohibited in the “sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and handicap.” While it is an important law that opened doors for many who had previously faced obstacles in finding housing, it also has opened doors to fair housing discrimination lawsuits.
The attorneys at Fowler, Hein, Cheatwood & Williams, P.A., an apartment and employment law firm, have a deep understanding of the legal issues surrounding fair housing. While we are based in Atlanta, our reputation for successful defense strategies in fair housing law have made us a sought-after legal resource for clients throughout the United States.
The ramifications of failing to follow all provisions of the Fair Housing Act are costly. Our experience in apartment law, coupled with our employment law practice, has made us doubly familiar with the issues clients face when dealing with allegations of discrimination. For this reason, we work with our clients to ensure that they are fully compliant with the law through proactive counseling and through our educational seminars, offered through the Education Department of the Atlanta or Georgia Apartment Association, as well as privately to individual clients.
When a fair housing complaint is filed with HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) or with a state regulatory agency (such as the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity, Florida Human Rights Commission, South Carolina Human Affairs Commission, North Carolina Human Rights Commission, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights), we build a strong fair housing defense by investigating the allegations and uncovering evidence that proves our clients complied with the law and all legal responsibilities. This is not always an easy task, and matters of discrimination are taken very seriously in federal court. A client facing these problems is best served by a proactive and diplomatic response to the situation.
Fair Housing complaints are often filed by rental applicants and residents who are unhappy with a management decision. The complaints are often based on:
In addition to rights of the disabled under the Fair Housing Act, making reasonable accommodations for handicapped persons in public areas, is also required under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) in the leasing or management office and other public areas. While the ADA has little applicability to most of the community, it does apply to business offices that are open to the public. Many people confuse the disability accommodation provisions of the Fair Housing Act with those of the ADA.
Under the fair housing statutes, any staff member, manager, landlord or owner may face personal liability in a discrimination lawsuit. Rely on our experience to execute necessary damage control and move forward with a solid legal plan.
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