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House Financial Services Committee Bill (HR 3167) unless there are opportunities for amendments. It is unclear at this moment whether these messaging bills will have an impact on the House, which is expected to vote on HR 3167 after the August recess. Currently, the House is waiting on the Congressional Budget Office score of the bill’s cost before deciding whether to bring up the bill under regular order and amendments or expedited procedures on the Suspension-of-Rules Calendar for less controversial bills.

FAIR HOUSING

In an effort to educate our members about the Fair Housing Act, we ask that you review the situation below. While this situation happened in a different state, the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® feels it can bring further fair housing knowledge to local REALTORS®. HUD Settles Housing Discrimination Case The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced resolution of a housing discrimination case from California for just under $11,000. The complainants are a family with a child who has a respiratory disability. The issues involved a request from the family to move to a unit away from neighbors who were heavy smokers. Disability, of course, is one of the protected classes under the federal Fair Housing Act.

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As a reasonable accommodation (which is a change in a rule, practice, or policy needed because of a disability) the residents sought to relocate to a different unit. The case came to HUD after the mother made requests to her management company to switch units for the health of her son as the smoking aggravated her son’s disability. The terms of the settlement include that the property management company pay the mother $10,500 in damages and leasing office representatives are required to attend Fair Housing training. Persons who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 9279275 (TTY ).

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GLVR eMagazine Fall 2019  

GLVR eMagazine Fall 2019