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Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 30 Jul 2017

What’s the difference between a “service animal,” an “assistance animal,” and an “emotional support animal”?

As written in this space (and elsewhere) all too frequently, professional apartment owners and managers have seen a significant surge in the number of


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 21 Jul 2017

DOJ settles race and national origin Fair Housing Act case for $70,000

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) settled a Fair Housing Act (FHA) case filed in Massachusetts for $70,000 in which the


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 13 Jul 2017

What is the “Mrs. Murphy” exception to the Fair Housing Act?

I get this question about exemptions to the Fair Housing Act (FHA) regularly, so I thought I would provide a refresher on the “Mrs. Murphy” exception


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 29 Jun 2017

HUD announces national origin and familial status fair housing case settles for $20,000

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that it settled another fair housing case, this one for $20,000, to


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 11 May 2017

What happens when the Federal Fair Housing Act conflicts with a City or County ordinance?

While many apartment communities are “pet friendly” and welcome animals, almost every community has restrictions concerning, for example, certain


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 5 May 2017

Do emotional support animal medical verifications last forever?

A legitimate question from leasing office professionals I get from time to time is: “We approved an emotional support Animal for a resident two years


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 28 Apr 2017

Best practices concerning the Fair Housing Act and Sexual Orientation discrimination

Earlier this month we noted that a federal court in Colorado ruled that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits discrimination based on sexual


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 24 Apr 2017

Some thoughts on advertising and fair housing

Advertising your property is a good way to get apartments filled. But marketing a community can create a handful of fair housing challenges


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 10 Apr 2017

Federal court concludes that LGBT individuals are covered by the Fair Housing Act

Back-to-back posts concerning the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and federal courts. Last week, in what I believe is another decision of first impression, a


Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 5 Apr 2017

Does a Fair Housing Act claim survive the death of a party raising the claim? A federal Appellate Court says Yes.

In a case of first impression (at least as far as I can tell), in an opinion issued last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

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