Remind applicants that you are an equal opportunity housing provider and all units are open to all qualified people. – Paul Flogstad
Houston, Texas (PRWEB) June 29, 2015
There were 27,528 complaints of housing discrimination in the U.S. last year, according to the National Fair Housing Alliance.* And violations show no signs of slowing in 2015. The federal government recently sued a Minnesota apartment for evicting a tenant who kept a pit bull to cope with symptoms of mental illness.** And a Virginia retirement home will pay $390,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging it failed to offer proper disabled access to its facilities.***
Nearly 50 years since Congress passed the Fair Housing Act, surveys regularly reveal a lack of understanding of basic discriminatory housing practices. In the HUD hearings before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), if the ALJ decides that Fair Housing violations and discrimination occurred, respondents can be ordered to pay a civil penalty of maximum $16,000 for a first violation and $70,000 for a third violation within seven years and reasonable attorney's fees and costs.**** It’s important for property and site managers and maintenance technicians to gain the practical knowledge required to ensure compliance with FH standards and avoid penalties.*****
You never know if you could be the next target for one of these complaints. How well are you and your housing property staff trained to avoid discriminatory practices? Can you properly recognize protected classes—both obvious and less so?
To find answers to these glaring questions and to get concrete knowledge and avoid common fair housing pitfalls, AudioSolutionz in association with Assisted Housing Alert is hosting a one-day boot camp with industry veteran, Paul Flogstad on Friday, Aug 21, 2015 at the Hilton Houston North, Houston, Texas. From fair housing basics, through specialized training, to a thorough discussion of real-world examples of violations and penalties, the course will explain the breadth of the law and its very real implications for housing property owners, managers, maintenance staff, and other housing industry professionals.
During the boot camp Paul Flogstad, an industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience in property development, compliance and training, will train participants to make smart, compliant decisions when advertising housing, screening potential tenants, drafting property policy, training employees, and dealing with marijuana and LGBT issues. Participants will be able to get concrete and practical knowledge that they can put into practice right away.
For more information, visit: http://www.audiosolutionz.com/bootcamp/
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About Assisted Housing Alert
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About the Speaker
A veteran in the real estate industry, Paul Flogstad has spent more than 35 years of his professional life in property development, compliance, marketing and training. He has a long list of credentials in the housing and construction industry. Paul is a Certified Occupancy Specialist, Certified Manager of Housing, Certified Manager Of Maintenance, Site Based Budgeting Specialist, Tax Credit Specialist, Blended Occupancy Specialist, Certified Section 515 Specialist, and RHM (Registered Housing Manager). He is also a Certified Instructor for North Dakota and South Dakota Real Estate Commissions, as well the Minnesota Department of Commerce. He has supervised properties in over 22 different states and provides training and consulting services for property owners, managers, various real estate associations, as well as city, state and federal agencies.
*National Fair Housing Alliance, 2015, Where You Live Matters 2015 Fair Housing Trends Report, accessed on June 29, 2015 from http://www.nationalfairhousing.org/Portals/33/2015-04-30%20NFHA%20Trends%20Report%202015.pdf
**CASE 0:15-cv-02489-PJS-HB; Filed 05/18/15; United States District Court, District of Minnesota, Civil no. 15
***Case 2:15-cv-00200-HCM-LRL; Filed 05/11/15; United States District Court, Eastern District Of Virginia, Norfolk Division
****U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Portal, HUD.Gov, HUD's Title VIII Fair Housing Complaint Process accessed on June 29, 2015 from http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/complaint-process