Two Persons Per Bedroom Is The Law- And Other Fair Housing Compliance Myths!

Event: Live Webinar
Event Date: September 20, 2023
Presenter: Doug Chasick
Event Time: 1 pm EST
Duration:60 Minutes


As we celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, let’s make certain that our compliance efforts are focused on what is really required as opposed to some widely accepted misconceptions of what fair housing compliance consists of.

Since the requirements of fair housing compliance change with the establishment of additional protected classes, court decisions and guidance issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), it is essential we know what is fact and what is fiction.

With the proliferation of social media sites, many unsuspecting multifamily professionals are posting questions and relying on answers posted by well-meaning individual who may not have the training, experience or knowledge to offer a factual response.

In addition, certain myths such as “Treat everyone the same”; “Two persons per bedroom will always be OK”; “Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian” persist and continue to be the source of fair housing complaints and lawsuits.

This webinar will debunk those and other myths and will give participants some resources to be able to tell fact from fiction.

Session Highlights:

  • What does national origin have to do with occupancy standards?
  • What can two animals do that one animal can’t?
  • Who can park in a handicap parking space?
  • What is a reliable source for disability verification?
  • Why can’t I refuse to lease to a convicted felon?
  • Why can’t I refuse to accept Section 8 vouchers?
  • Do I have to change the rental due date as an accommodation?
  • What age will serve as “Safe Harbor” under the FHA?
  • Where can I go to get the facts about fair housing compliance?

Learning Objectives:

This session will address the eight most common myths or misconceptions about fair housing compliance as well as provide participants with some resources that they can utilize to stay up to date with compliance requirements as well as test the veracity of fair housing compliance advice they may receive.

Who Should Attend:

  • On-site and Multi-site managers
  • Training Professionals
  • Service Managers
  • Leasing Professionals
  • Compliance Professionals

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.