Amendment to Elliott-Larsen Act Introduced
Legislation has recently been introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives to amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. House Bill 4872 proposes to amend both the title of the act and section 502 relating to real estate transactions. The legislation would add “military status” to the protected classes under section 502, and defines that term to cover both active duty military personnel and veterans. Currently, Michigan’s civil rights law prohibits discrimination in real estate transactions on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, familial status, and marital status.
Trump Administration to Review Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has announced that the department will reinterpret the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule. This controversial rule, finalized by HUD under the Obama Administration, requires that local governments receiving HUD funds analyze their housing occupancy for racial bias and formulate a plan to address any imbalance. Local governments submit the plan to HUD, with progress tracked over a five year period. Non-compliant communities can face loss of federal funding or lawsuit under the disparate impact doctrine. A number of industry groups, such as the National Apartment Association, have sought a review of the rule. In July, a group of Congressmen and Senators sent a letter to Secretary Carson requesting that the rule be rescinded. Additionally, legislation introduced in Congress proposes to defund implementation of the rule.
Fair Housing Seminar Set for November 15
If you have staff in need of a Fair Housing seminar, AAM has scheduled a program for Wednesday, November 15 from 9:00 am – Noon. The instructor will be Kathleen Mabie of Success OnSite. Please visit www.apartments.org and click the link at the top of the page for details and registration.