In nearly all housing, including private housing, public housing, and multi-housing that receives federal funding, the Fair Housing Act prohibits the making, printing and publishing of advertisements that indicate a preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, familial status, or national origin. The prohibition applies to publishers, such as newspapers and directories, as well as to persons and entities who place real estate advertisements in newspapers and on websites. It also applies where the advertisement itself violates the Act, even if the property being advertised may be exempt from the provisions of the Act. Other federal civil rights laws may also prohibit discriminatory advertising practices.

The increasing scrutiny of practically everything multifamily professionals do and say certainly includes our advertising and marketing activities as well as our social media presence. There is a heightened sensitivity to the words and images we use and the lifestyle we portray. Since fair housing compliance is about the impact, and not the intent, of our words and actions, we must closely examine all of our advertising, marketing and social media content to make certain that we don’t cross the line into non-compliance. In this session we’ll examine HUD guidance, the evolving argument about social media responsibility, the use of human models, paid testimonials, the use of that funny little house logo and the ever popular “No No Words & Phrases” List!

Areas covered in this Training:

· Overview of Compliance Essentials
· Existing HUD Guidance
· What is Discriminatory Advertising?
· Social Media and Fair Housing
· Elements of a Compliant Campaign
· The Updated “No-No Words & Phrases” list
· Human Models in Advertising
· Testimonials and Compensation
· EHO Logo and Statement

Why Attend this Training:

Federal law requires that applicants for participation in HUD’s subsidized and unsubsidized housing programs pursue affirmative fair housing marketing policies. This is to help ensure that individuals of similar income levels in the same housing market area have a like range of housing choices available to them regardless of their race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, familial status, or national origin.

We will cover many examples of advertising that may violate the Act include phrases such as “no children,” which indicates discrimination on the basis of familial status, or “no wheelchairs,” which indicates disability discrimination. This seminar will concentrate on the topic of correct advertising so to stay in compliance with fair housing regulations.

We will discuss what terms you should use when advertising your property. What is the best wording to use in advertising your vacancies. You need to scribe the property, not the potential tenants. We will cover examples of housing discrimination in advertising and what words are not allowed in real estate advertising.

Suggested Attendees:

· Property Managers
· Property owners
· Leasing Consultants
· Housing Authority Staff
· Compliance staff
· Developers


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