Ensuring Fair Housing for People with Criminal Records (2021 Updates)

Duration: 60 minutes Speaker: Doug Chasick

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As the new administration implements its new policy regarding the disparate impact and more jurisdictions implement "Fair Chance" laws, join us to learn what's new and what's on the horizon

Although we may require individuals to undergo a criminal background check as part of the application process,  recent federal fair housing guidance states that it may be illegal for us to refuse to rent to someone because of their criminal background without considering the nature and severity of the crimes, how old the record is, and any rehabilitative efforts since the conviction. It is critical we understand how the theory of Disparate Impact affects our policies and modify our operations to comply.

This session will provide an overview as well as make specific suggestions for compliance, based upon industry best practices.

Areas Covered

  1. Recent court decisions
  2. Definitions
  3. What are the Fair Housing Act requirements?
  4. Creating effective policies and workflow
  5. Suggested form language
  6. Resolution of request

Learning Objectives

  • Ensure awareness of current Fair Housing guidance and court cases regarding disparate impact and criminal background checks, and suggested strategies for effective compliance.
  • Understand and apply the definition and concept of “the interactive process” when evaluating applications.
  • Create policies, forms and workflows that support compliance.
  • And much more.

Additional Handout: We will provide a PDF workbook with content and links to useful resources including access to HUD/DOJ guidance memos.

Who Should Attend

Property Manager/Supervisor, Community Manager/Director, Leasing Manager, Leasing Professional, Maintenance Supervisor

Doug Chasick

Doug Chasick, That Fair Housing Guy™, is the former President of the Fair Housing Institute, Inc. With more than 45 years of investment real estate experience, he began as the Resident Manager of a 524-unit apartment property and has been the President or CEO of five real estate companies, responsible for portfolios of over 28,000 apartments, and more than 8 million square feet of commercial, retail and industrial properties. Doug was awarded his CPM® in 1979 and was a member of the IREM National Faculty for eight years. A Senior Instructor member of the NAAEI Faculty, he leads the Advanced Facilitator Training course, is the co-author of “Outstanding Facilitation Techniques”, and a co-author of the joint IREM & NAAEI “FHS 201: Fair Housing and Beyond” course. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Florida, a licensed Expert Fair Housing Instructor in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the recipient of the NAAEI Apartment Career & Education award and the Legends of the Industry award from Multifamily Professional.

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