In September, HUD released a new Final Rule - Quid Pro Quoand Hostile Environment Harassment and Liability for discriminatory HousingPractices Under the Fair Housing Act which can be found at:
The majorprovisions of this rule:
This new final rule addresses claims of sexual harassmentspecifically related to housing.
Quid Pro Quo, or this-for-that, is a common form of sexual harassment that wediscuss in the RBD Fair Housing classes. If property staff, including managementstaff and maintenance staff, offer to provide services, preferences or otherfavors in exchange for sex, this is commonly referred to as quid pro quoharassment. HUD goes on to say that protections for applicants and residentsextend beyond acts of property staff; OAs are liable if they do not intervene orattempt to stop such harassment when the OA was or should have been aware thatsuch harassment was occurring.
Discrimination specifically related to creating a hostile environment is alsodiscussed. A hostile environment is created when a person was subjected tounwelcome spoken, written, or physical conduct; the conduct was because of aprotected characteristic; and the conduct was sufficiently severe or pervasiveas to interfere with or deprive the victim of his or her right to use and enjoythe housing or to exercise other rights protected by the Act.
Owner/agents should review the formalized definitions and become familiar withactions that may constitute discrimination.
We will be adding discussion of this new rule to our Fair Housing classes and tothe HUD Hot Topics classes that will be offered in 2017.
Join Mary Rossfor Online Training This Fall
Thechanges to the Section 8 student rule prompted us to add a new online trainingclass to our fall lineup. Based on popular request, we have also scheduled:
EIVBasics and EIV Discrepancy classes,
Aclass to review the effect of disparate impact on how we screen applicants andaddress criminal activity on the property
Anadvanced AR/IR class and
ASection 504 class for those of you who are responsible for addressing concernsand requests from people with disabilities
JoinMary Ross for the following live online training classes. Classes include atraining workbook and sample forms and checklists.
Clickon the link below for additional information and to register for the class.
New 4thQuarter 2016 Online Training Schedule
|NewSection 8 Student Rule(Class length 1.5 hours)||October 13, 2016|
EIV Income Discrepancy(Class length 2.5 hours)
|October 27, 2016|
|EIV Basics(Class length 2 - 2.5 hour sessions)||November 9 & 10, 2016|
|Section 504Coordinator(Class length 2.5 hours)||December 8, 2016|
|CriminalActivity, Screening & Tenancy(Class length 2.5 hours)||December 13, 2016|
|AR / IR &Terminations(Class length 2.5 hours)||December 15, 2016|
Students who register andattend the entire class will receive a certificate of completion.Students should register individually.Confirmations are unique to each student and cannot be shared.
For additional informationor to register, visit our web site athttp://www.rbdnow.com/onlinetraining.htm
Training materials andsample forms are provided to facilitate instruction.Training materials are provided and should beprinted before the training begins.
Since HUDhas indicated that we should expect an increase in the number of Management &Occupancy Reviews (MOR) conducted in 2016, we have created a class to allowowner/agents and property managers to take a step back and review HUD'smultifamily occupancy requirements. This is not a review of basic requirements,but rather a discussion about best practices designed to help you identifycommon mistakes that may otherwise be revealed during the MOR.
Trainingincludes sample forms, notices and checklists.
|St. Paul, MN||HUD Management & OccupancyChallenge||October 25 & 26, 2016|
To sign up for the HUDBlast,visit our web site atwww.rbdnow.com. Just enter your email address in the box in the center ofthe home page.You canview previously posted HUDBlasts from our web site athttp://www.rbdnow.com/hudblasts.htm
We also encourage you to sign-up for theListserv, so you can receive current RHIIP related information from HUDhttp://www.hud.gov/subscribe/mailinglist.cfm.You canview the RHIIP Tips Archives, under "Listserv-Multifamily RHIIP Tips" athttp://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/mfh/rhiip/mfhrhiip.cfm
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