If you follow my posts, you know that I’m a civil rights lawyer. Most times, I represent people with disabilities, as they are the victims of most of the discrimination in housing and public accommodations.
I frequently get calls from people with disabilities in Florida asking for help because their housing provider refuses to provide a reasonable accommodation or a reasonable modification. What’s the difference between an accommodation or modification?
I was the lead attorney on Sierra v. Hallandale Beach which I filed in 2017. Our team had to file a couple of appeals at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn rulings from the District Court. The second appeal, I’ll call it Sierra II, is an important case that has been cited by numerous courts throughout the country.
Now that the COVID-19 eviction moratorium has been lifted, many families find themselves behind on rent. This can make male or female tenants, vulnerable to sexual harassment. The is illegal under federal law and it is likely illegal under many state and local laws.
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development has published very useful examples of actions or omissions that are unlawful housing discrimination. If you have encountered unlawful housing discrimination, get in touch with an experienced Fair Housing attorney who can assist you through a through the process.
“Source of income discrimination” involves a landlord refusing to rent to a housing applicant because of the person’s lawful source of income they will use to pay the rent. You think it would be rare that a landlord would refuse to accept a legal income to pay the rent? It’s much more common than you think.