Fair Housing Attorneys in Newark
Are You Being Accused of Housing Discrimination?
The Federal Fair Housing Act outlaws discrimination against people who are renting or buying – or seeking to rent or buy – housing accommodations. If you are a property owner in charge of a multi-family housing unit to a single-family home, whether for purchase or rent, you must comply with this federal law to avoid assuming liability for a housing discrimination lawsuit.
At Ehrlich, Petriello, Gudin, Plaza & Reed P.C., Attorneys at Law, we’re on your side if you’re a property owner or landlord. If you need assistance to ensure you are complying with the Federal Fair Housing Act or are being accused of a violation, we can provide the legal guidance and services you need to protect your liability against avoidable or unwarranted claims.
What Is Housing Discrimination?
Under the Federal Fair Housing Act, it is unlawful to engage in housing discrimination against people on the basis of their real or perceived association with a protected class or characteristic.
Federally protected classes for housing are as follows:
- Race or skin color
- National origin
- Familial status
If a tenant or buyer believes you are basing a decision against their favor on any of these factors, they may try to sue you to recover monetary damages and other legal remedies.
The following actions cannot be taken if someone’s association with a protected class is a factor:
- Refusing to rent or sell accommodations
- Establishing different conditions, privileges, or terms for renting or selling a property
- Refusing to make reasonable accommodations for a person with a disability when deemed necessary by their doctor or another medical professional
- Refusing a person with a disability to make reasonable accommodations to their dwelling
- Providing different services or facilities
- Falsely denying that a home can be inspected, sold, or rented when inquired
- Interfering or threatening someone for making a fair housing complaint
If you are wary of taking action against a tenant or buyer, Ehrlich, Petriello, Gudin, Plaza & Reed P.C., Attorneys at Law can provide the legal guidance you need to protect your liability and property. Our fair housing attorneys in Newark are staunch advocates for our clients, and we can help you take the necessary steps that can prevent an unnecessary lawsuit in the future.
Should it become necessary to defend yourself in court, we are capable of building a defense that may mitigate your liability for a fair housing claim made against you or your business.
For more information about what we can accomplish for our clients, please reach out to us online to schedule a consultation.