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HUD Resolves Fair Housing Case Against The State Of Maryland For $225,000

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Pursuant to an agreement announced last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it resolved a discrimination complaint filed by local housing advocacy groups against Maryland’s...more

DOJ Issues Annual Report To Congress On 2016 ECOA/FHA/SCRA Enforcement Activities

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The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division has issued its annual report to Congress regarding its activities to enforce the ECOA, FHA and SCRA. The report covers 2016 activities that would have taken place under the...more

Court Awards Nearly $280 Million in Treble Damages Against Former FHA Lender

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On September 14, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued an opinion and order against two former mortgage companies and their former president and CEO. The order, which followed a previous jury...more

DOJ Settles Familial Status Fair Housing Act Case For $95,000

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Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it settled yet another Fair Housing Act (FHA) case, this time for a total of $95,000. In a case from Washington state, the owners/managers of three apartment...more

Fair Housing Act Advertising Checklist

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As an apartment management staff member, please know that advertising is absolutely a part of our Fair Housing Act (FHA) compliance efforts. Indeed, the FHA specifically has a section which confirms that it is against the law...more

Issues With Online Emotional Support Animals Medical Verifications

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The issue of online medical verifications for emotional support animals (ESA’s) is an ongoing problem for professional apartment management. As written in this space before, we want to approve all legitimate reasonable...more

National Lender Settles False Claims Act Allegations with DOJ for Over $74 Million

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?On August 8, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that a national lender agreed to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act. The settlement resolves allegations that the lender originated and...more

DOJ Settles Sexual Harassment Fair Housing Act Lawsuit For $600,000

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that it settled a Fair Housing Act (FHA) discrimination lawsuit with the owners/managers of more than 70 residential properties in West Virginia to resolve allegations...more

US Attorney Announces Settlement with Florida Condominium Complex Over Alleged FHA Reverse Mortgage Fraud

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On July 20, 2017, acting United States Attorney Stephen Muldrow announced a civil settlement with the owner of a Florida condominium complex over fraudulent reverse mortgage transactions. Defendant had been accused of...more

Rental Applications: Can rejecting a tenant based criminal background lead to a HUD complaint?

If an association has the right to deny rental applications and it does so based on an applicant’s criminal background, the association should review whether its policies, procedures and practices may lead to claims of...more

What Is The “Mrs. Murphy” Exception To The Fair Housing Act?

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I get this question about exemptions to the Fair Housing Act (FHA) regularly, so I thought I would provide a refresher on the “Mrs. Murphy” exception to the FHA. At the outset, please know that apartment community owners,...more

HUD Bans Mortgage Lender from Originating FHA-Insured Loans Because of False Financial Statements

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?On July 11, 2017, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced? that its Mortgagee Review Board had suspended a national mortgage lender from originating and underwriting new mortgages...more

HUD/Fair Housing After Six Months Of The Trump Administration

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While I always try to avoid political commentary here at the Fair Housing Defense Blog (as the reader comments can be, shall we say, colorful), I wanted to note a couple of housing related points with the Trump Administration...more

Mortgage Lender Pays $4.157 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Concerning FHA Loans

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On July 3, 2017, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the HUD Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG), the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, and the U.S. Attorney’s...more

HUD Announces National Origin And Familial Status Fair Housing Case Settles For $20,000

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that it settled another fair housing case, this one for $20,000, to resolve allegations of discrimination based on national origin and familial...more

HUD Approves $20,500 Assistance Animal Fair Housing Settlement

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved a settlement agreement concerning assistance animals and fees charged to residents. To resolve pending Fair Housing Act (FHA) disability...more

Some Thoughts On Fair Housing And Smoking

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A friend reached out to me to ask questions about HUD’s Smoke Free public housing initiative and for some general thoughts on smoking in apartment homes. So, here goes. There is no “right” to smoke in a rental home....more

HUD Regulatory Reform

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The new HUD administration has been pretty quiet on the regulatory front, with only a handful of regulations and notices issued since January. That may change soon. HUD is hard at work identifying regulatory changes that...more

Reverse Mortgage Servicer to Pay $89 Million to Resolve False Claims Act and FIRREA Claims

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On May 16, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had reached a settlement with a company engaged in reverse mortgage servicing, in connection with the company’s participation in the Department of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2017 #3

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Editor's Note - The Dual Banking System is Working. In the April 26 edition of the Roundup, we noted that the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) had sued the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC),...more

HUD Settles Fair Housing Act Claims Against California Credit Union

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On May 10, 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a settlement with a California credit union concerning allegations that the credit union denied loan approval to a married couple because...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017 #4

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Editor's Note - State Regulators Sue OCC Over Federal FinTech Charter. On April 26, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) sued the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in the U.S. District Court for...more

HUD Resolves Allegations of Discrimination Against California Lenders

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?On April 19, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it had entered an agreement with a group of California mortgage lenders to resolve allegations that they discriminated against a mortgage...more

Mortgage Lender Settles with HUD for Allegedly Making FHA Mortgage Loan Payments on Behalf of Borrowers

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On February 7, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Inspector General for the Federal Deposit Insurance...more

Facebook Unfriends Policy Allowing for Exclusion of Certain Racial and Ethnic Groups in Housing, Credit, and Employment...

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The social network giant, Facebook—amid criticism and a push from public figures and congressional leaders—announced that the site would no longer allow advertisers to exclude specific racial and ethnic groups in the areas of...more

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