Fair Housing Roundtable

A hands-on workshop covering the fundamentals of Fair Housing compliance

Fair Housing Roundtable® (FHR®) provides participants with a working background in the requirements of the Fair Housing Act and other important civil rights statutes that pertain to Fair Housing compliance.

The Fair Housing Act covers all rental housing with more than four units. It makes no distinction between federally assisted housing and market rate housing. If you are involved with a federal housing program, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act applies as well. Participation in the FHR program can be the difference between compliance and non-compliance and between expensive lawsuits and lowered risk.

In addition to lectures, the program has participants work together to explore actual civil rights case studies. The instructor assumes the role of an investigator and assesses hypothetical “fines” for incorrect or discriminatory actions, increasing the learning power of the program.

What you’ll learn:

Federal "protected classes" and their relationship to state and local laws

Learn who is and who is not covered by federal Fair Housing. Understand the difference between federal protected classes and state and local protections. Explore trends in state civil rights laws

Fair housing requirements as they relate to individuals with disabilities

Learn what constitutes a disability. Understand the difference between a “reasonable accommodation" and a "reasonable modification" and the extent to which an owner or manager must go to provide them. Find out how to verify the need for an accommodation or modification and what costs are the owners and what are the residents. Explore an employer’s obligations to individuals with disabilities. Learn the difference between a pet and an assistive animal, and how this impacts a property’s rules about pets

Other applicable federal laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

Find out how ADA, Section 504 and fair housing differ and when they overlap. The Section 504 self-evaluation and transition plan and why it is important. Learn HUD/Justice Department guidelines regarding “reasonable accommodations”

Fair housing requirements as they relate to familial status

Learn what constitutes discrimination on the basis of family status and composition. Understand the circumstances under which children can be barred from living at a property.

Special topics and fair housing

Find out how Fair Housing laws apply to individuals addicted to illegal narcotics; learn the difference between permitted and prohibited types of inquiries.

The policies that should be in place

Learn how housing providers can protect themselves from costly lawsuits and complaints by adopting effective policies and practices

This course is also available as a one-day, non-certification workshop called Fair Housing Essentials

Download FHR Course Description




Duration:  Two days
Exam: Includes certification exam
Format:  Lecture with group participation/presentations 
Prerequisites:  None
Audience:  Anyone involved in rental housing 
Provided:  Manual, case studies
Bring: Calculator (required); highlighter, sticky notes 

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