Fair Housing Month

ARTICLES


  • REALTORS® as Change Agents

    Summary:

    FAIR HOUSING CONVERSATIONS - By creating a safe and welcoming space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) homebuyers and renters, Washington real estate brokers can make a difference in their own communities and statewide.

  • Building Trust in a Community

    Summary:

    "REALTORS® should be aware of the effect that growth has on a community, the diverse households that live there and the diminished affordable housing opportunities that can result. Expansion and growth are good for our business but we should be conscious of giving back to communities where people often struggle because of the growth."

  • What NOT to Say: Fair Housing Conversations

    Summary:

    Lack of awareness can cause brokers to inadvertently violate Fair Housing law. Real estate brokers need to avoid making comments that can be construed as "steering," or statements that could steer clients away from, or toward, certain neighborhoods based on race, religion or other protected categories to prevent any implication of housing discrimination.

  • Property Management Q & A - Spring 2017

    Summary:

    Question: We manage a 150 unit complex in South Seattle. I have a tenant that wants to move his wife and child into the apartment he shares with a roommate. Their payment history is terrible. Due to the poor payment history, I don't want to allow any lease changes. Making this even more complicated, he disclosed to me that his wife was just released from parole in Texas. Does the fact that he disclosed this tie my hands to taking the application for his wife? Due to the recent HUD guidance, I am concerned about not letting her apply due to the criminal aspect. Could I tell him if he has clean rent and utility payments for 6 straight months I'll at least accept her application?

  • Property Management Q & A - Autumn 2016

    Summary:

    I recently attended a conference for property managers and one of my colleagues mentioned that they had received a letter from the Attorney General's office asserting that it was not prohibited to deny applicants based on criminal history. I didn't want to press my friend too much as to what this was all about, but I thought I would ask you what was going on and if this sounded correct.

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