About the Fair Housing Act
The Fair Housing Act is enforced by several federal agencies but is enforced administratively by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO). The Act protects people from discrimination in housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. Contractors and builders that participate in housing and community development programs and activities are subject to nondiscriminatory requirements.
Federal regulations are ever-changing — partnering with a reputable fair housing act violations defense attorney in Tampa helps to prevent fair housing violations. Rest assured that when you work with us, your business will remain in compliance with the Act whatever changes may come.
Fair Housing Violations and Penalties
Fair housing violations include any complaint under the Act or civil rights violations in housing and community development programs. For builders and contractors, violations involve failing to build in accordance with fair housing design and construction requirements. A complaint filed against you can result in enforcement actions that may jeopardize your business or disqualify you from participation in HUD programs. Violation penalties include the award of compensatory and/or punitive damages, orders for comprehensive corrective action, or retrofitting houses to comply with fair housing requirements, or civil penalties to the government.
Consult a Fair Housing Act Violations Defense Attorney in Tampa
In order to avoid fair housing violations in Tampa, contractors and builders are advised to seek legal guidance from a knowledgeable fair housing attorney from Cotney Construction Law. We have extensive experience in construction law and have represented countless construction professionals throughout their careers with numerous construction-related issues that range from complaints, claims, and litigation at the local, state, and federal level. We understand the nuances of federal law and can counsel you on fair housing design and construction requirements, AFFH requirements, and more. We work diligently to ensure your business will continue to flourish. If you are facing a fair housing violation claim contact us immediately.
Staying in Compliance With the Office for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
FHEO implements and enforces laws that support its mission to eliminate housing discrimination and make communities more diverse. FHEO enforces fair housing laws and investigates fair housing complaints, conducts compliance reviews, and more. The 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule required states, local governments, and public housing agencies to conduct a formal fair housing planning process as a condition of receiving federal funds. However, in 2018, the rule is under consideration for suspension until October 2020 and thereafter.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.