Did you know... February 15, 2021


The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to harass persons because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin?  Recent changes, including a lawsuit and executive order, resulted in a HUD memo on February 11th defining discrimination on the basis of sex to extend to and include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

This is likely to result in additional Fair Housing testing.  HUD has ordered that effective immediately, “HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) shall accept for filing and investigate all complaints of sex discrimination, including discrimination because of gender identity or sexual orientation.” This shouldn’t be an issue for landlords and property managers in Washington state as marital status, sexual orientation and gender identity are already protected.

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