Little Landlords, LARGE Penalties for Fair Housing ViolationsA
few years ago I received a call from a distressed Landlord…
This Landlord was also a real estate broker who had been in the business of buying, selling, investing and property management for well over 20 years. He is clearly among the top 20% of savvy Landlords in the District of Columbia and he was in distress because the attorneys at the DC Office of Human Rights’ Fair Housing were pursuing him aggressively.
He wanted to call in a favor and asked me if I had any personal contacts there. He expressed that the fines the agency purposed to assess were exorbitant.I
queried the Landlord because this was the 1st that I had …
heard of a small Landlord getting ensnared in fair housing violation cases with exorbitant penalties. It became apparent within minutes that he could have beat the case and avoided the excessive fines had a tenant selection criteria been in place.
The DC Office of Human Rights’ Fair Housing program was established in 1999 to eradicate discrimination in housing in the District of Columbia. In addition to enforcing local and federal fair housing laws, it conducts annual education campaigns and outreach events, including the annual Fair Housing Symposium in partnership with District government agencies and community partners. Read more.
About the author …
- Landlord for 16 years
- Real estate broker for 15 years
- Vice chairman of the Section 8’s DC Housing Provider’s Association for 5 years
- Founder of DCLUM, DC Landlord Unity Movement and Chairmain for 3 years
- Managing Partner of Housing & Urban Management dba HUM, a property management company, for 8 years – offering Property Management Plans for $35, $55 and $75 per month
- Inventor of PUSSH Scoring criteria which makes fair housing accessible for subsidized housing recipients