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New HUD Final Rule updates Fair Housing Act

Lisa Vercauteren

Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended in 1988, is better known as the Fair Housing Act. This law guaranteed that all Americans, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, have the right to equal opportunity in the purchase or rental of housing. The Act is pretty clear on what type of practices are allowed and which are prohibited. However, as with any rule, regulation, or law, there is always room for interpretation.

HUD has been charged with the authority to interpret and enforce the Act. But over the years, several challenges have come before the Federal Court of Appeals and, more recently, before the Supreme Court. These higher-court decisions help to further define the standards used by HUD and our judicial system.

For example, it has been widely accepted by the courts that discrimination does not have to be intentional to violate the Fair Housing Act. A seemingly benign business practice that has an unjustified discriminatory effect is no less a violation of the Act than a blatant act of discrimination. But how do you show whether a business practice is justified or not?

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Remember: Student Eligibility before Student Income

Jo Ikelheimer

At this time of year, a lot of us think about students – especially if we have school-aged children, or we follow college football. I actually think (and write and talk) about students year-round, but from an affordable housing regulatory perspective.

Most affordable housing programs now have student eligibility restrictions, and most have regulatory guidance dealing with student income. Housing managers often confuse the two. If you fall into this category, then this article is for you.

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit program has always had student restrictions as part of its eligibility criteria. The basic premise is that a household consisting entirely of full-time students will be ineligible for occupancy at a tax credit property unless it meets one or more of the five exceptions to the rule, which generally make allowances for non-traditional student households. HUD project-based programs, along with the HOME program and Rural Development programs, also have student eligibility restrictions that differ from those applicable to LIHTC ...

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