HUD Obtains First Settlement Under Rule Requiring Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Equal Access

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On January 2, HUD announced that a lender agreed to settle a claim that it refused to provide FHA financing to a lesbian couple. HUD noted that the agreement is the first enforcement action taken under a rule finalized in January 2012 that aims to provide equal access to housing, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status, including by prohibiting lenders from determining FHA-insured financing eligibility based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The lender denies the allegations, but HUD required the lender to pay $7,500 so the parties could avoid additional costs associated with the administrative proceedings. The agreement also requires the lender to update its fair lending training program to support compliance with the new rule.

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