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Protections Against Housing Discrimination Extended to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Protections Against Housing Discrimination Extended to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The new presidential administration is expanding the government's enforcement of the federal Fair Housing Act ("FHA"). Community associations are subject to the anti-discrimination provisions within the FHA. The FHA expressly prohibits discrimination based upon "sex"...

What Every Board Member Should Consider to Reduce Assessments

What Every Board Member Should Consider to Reduce Assessments

A condominium association’s board of directors has a seemingly endless list of responsibilities, but one of the most important – at least in terms of its impact on the membership – is the adoption of an annual budget. In simple terms, adopting a budget requires the...

New Guidelines from HUD Aid Boards Reviewing Requests for Assistance Animals: What Every Board Should Know

New Guidelines from HUD Aid Boards Reviewing Requests for Assistance Animals: What Every Board Should Know

On January 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidelines clarifying how housing providers can comply with the Fair Housing Act (FHA) in reviewing an individual’s request for an assistance animal. These requests often prove...

Davis vs. Echo Valley Condominium Association: Guidance for Associations on Reasonable Accommodations and Nuisance Actions

Davis vs. Echo Valley Condominium Association: Guidance for Associations on Reasonable Accommodations and Nuisance Actions

The decline of smokers and smoking within one’s home in recent decades has led many co-owners in attached units to expect a relatively smoke-free living environment. However, the legalization of marijuana, first for medical purposes and now recreational use, has...