Accommodation Requests Under the Fair Housing Act: Best Practices to Avoid Discrimination Claims & Lawsuits
An HOAleader.com Webinar for Condo and HOA Boards
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
2-3 p.m. Eastern
Is your HOA or condo board seeing more and more requests for exceptions to your pet rules? What about requests for specific parking spots or deviations from your architectural rules? Afraid saying no to any request will trigger a costly and stressful discrimination complaint against your HOA?
Take charge of the process for handling requests for accommodations!
Join us for an in-depth webinar on March 18 led by two experts in HOAs, condominiums, and fair housing challenges—a Florida lawyer and a Minnesota lawyer who've represented community associations and handled fair housing issues for a combined total of over 28 years.
You'll get an easy-to-understand explanation of how fair housing laws apply to your day-to-day HOA operations along with a road map you and your fellow board members can begin following immediately to make responding to reasonable accommodation requests consistent, fair, and low-risk.
- The most important things you need to know about fair housing laws, including the groups of people who are protected by them
- The most common types of fair housing law challenges HOA boards face and the latest trends in fair housing issues for HOAs
- What is a reasonable accommodation, how the need for an accommodation is established, including the information you can request of owners
- How to create HOA policies and procedures to consistently and fairly respond to owners' requests for an accommodation
- Recent court cases that could dramatically affect how condos and HOAs handle requests for an accommodation
- Key components of reasonable accommodation policies and procedures, including important language boards often forget to add, and new provisions boards have added in recent years that could protect your association
- The most important factors to consider when deciding whether to grant a request for an accommodation … and the most common mistakes boards make in that decision-making process
- And much more!
In just 60 minutes, you'll gain practical, useful tools you can immediately use to smartly manage one of the most challenging issues condos and HOAs face today. Register now for this informative event for community association board members.
About Your Speakers
Attorney Lisa Magill is a shareholder at Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. She represents condominium, homeowner, cooperative, and other common-interest realty associations, including condo-hotels, country clubs, and commercial and mixed use properties. She's long been active on several boards of directors of the Community Associations Institute, where she's been a featured speaker on housing laws, covenant enforcement, and association operations for board members, managers, and other professionals in the field. She's a frequent author of articles and editor of the Firm's Community Update and is the editor of the Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog. Based on a poll of more than 12,000 Florida attorneys who selected their peers as the top 1.7 percent of their respective practice areas, Florida Trend Magazine recognized her in 2005, 2006, and 2011 among its "Legal Elite" in real estate and community association law.
Phaedra J. Howard is an attorney with Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC. She specializes in real estate, real estate litigation and appeals, creditor remedies, and community association law, with an emphasis in the representation of condominium, townhome, planned community and cooperative associations. Howard assists hundreds of community associations in interpreting and enforcing governing documents; drafting and amending governing documents; handling homeowner and vendor disputes; advising associations on fair housing issues; and providing legal advice and opinions on a wide variety of issues affecting community associations. Howard has taught many seminars on topics relating to community associations and is an approved fair housing trainer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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