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Category: Federal Law & Regulations

What is the Federal Fair Housing Act?

Wednesday, November, 16th, 2022 at 8:20 pm by Richard S. Ekimoto, Esq.

The Federal Fair Housing Act was adopted in 1968 as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. In 1988, Congress expanded the scope of the Federal Fair Housing Act by adopting the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988. The Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act established new enforcement procedures and created two new protected classifications. The Federal Fair Housing Act protects individuals from housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, [Read More...]

Court Rules Management Company Not a Debt Collector Under FDCPA

Wednesday, October, 17th, 2012 at 5:28 am by Richard S. Ekimoto, Esq.

A few days ago, the Federal District Court for the District of Hawaii ruled that a management company is not a debt collector under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”).  Although the legal principles in the decision are not particularly new, it does provide an opportunity to discuss the FDCPA and management companies. The FDCPA requires debt collectors to meet certain requirements in the collection of a debt, including a requirement to provide the [Read More...]

HUD Settles Resident Screening Discrimination Claim Against Florida Condominium Association

Thursday, July, 26th, 2012 at 11:16 pm by Richard S. Ekimoto, Esq.

A few days ago, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) issued a press release that it had settled a discrimination claim involving allegations that a condominium association rejected a qualified buyer based on the buyer’s national origin and sex.  HUD is the federal agency that investigates and enforces claims of discrimination under the Federal Fair Housing Act. It is relatively rare for condominium associations to have the authority to screen owners and residents of [Read More...]