Did you know... November 30, 2020


That Fair Housing laws overrule homeowners’ association rules?  Many homeowners’ associations (HOAs) have rules and regulations that all community residents must abide by.  However, even a validly enacted, substantively sound covenant can be unenforceable if it discriminates against members of a protected class.  Washington added marital status as a protected class in 1973; marital status is defined as the legal status of being married, single, separated, divorced or widowed.  A landlord who denies tenancy to unrelated singles because HOAs rules allow only single families could be fines by the Washington State Human Rights Commission, even if just following the rules.

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