Fair Housing Advocates, Inc. recently helped three disabled persons who require service animals to enjoy the benefits of fair housing after their home city refused to provide an accommodation in their breed ordinance which prohibited pit bull dogs within the city limits. Though the three fair housing complaints were just filed, and the cases have not been officially reviewed, the outcome of the cases is easily predictable. Here’s the scenario:

There is a new and potentially discriminatory trend growing in the application process at the rental offices of many housing providers. The landlord and property managers are requiring prospective tenants and home seekers to bring their dog into the leasing office for a “pet interview.” This sounds like another inconvenience for the pet owning applicant, but it would most likely amount to a violation of the fair housing act if

Did you know….That a housing provider could be in violation of the Fair Housing Act by requiring some of the popular so-called “service animal” certification documents? As the team here at Fair Housing Advocates, Inc., continues to educate both consumers and housing providers, we notice some very troubling misconceptions regarding which documents can actually be requested to permit a bona fide service animal on property. To be

Many Americans are aware of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, its history and its impact on everydaylife. However, few are familiar with Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act, which protects people from discriminatory treatment when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. Unfortunately, many housing providers are also unaware of how to apply the Fair Housing

Having helped numerous disabled veterans rectify their housing discrimination complaints against apartment owners who refuse to accept service dogs because of their breed or size, I have had just as many conversations with those apartment owners about what a service dog really is. This is only a confusing subject to most people because of all the misinformation that’s circulated throughout the real estate community, and then passed on the tenants,