On-Demand Webinar: Applicant Screening and Criminal Histories: Addressing Disparate Impact Liability Under the Fair Housing Act

1-Hour Webinar: Applicant Screening and Criminal Histories: Addressing Disparate Impact Liability Under the Fair Housing Act

  • Originally Recorded: June 21, 2016
  • Speaker: Kathelene Williams, Esq.,Partner, Williams & Edelstein, PC; and Linda Richer, Vice President, AmRent, Inc.
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This one-hour recording focuses on the implications, under the Fair Housing Act, of screening applicants for criminal backgrounds, and in using an individual’s criminal history in making rental, lease renewal, and other housing decisions, particularly in light of the newly released HUD guidance on discrimination liability.

According to HUD, even in the absence of intentional discrimination, a housing provider’s policies or practices may have a disparate impact on individuals of a particular race, national origin, or other protected class that exposes the provider to liability.

Issues discussed in the recording include:

  • Housing provider liability and defenses under the disparate Impact standard
  • Review and revision of the housing provider’s applicant screening policies and procedures
  • Use of statistics to establish claims of disparate impact, including arrest, conviction and incarceration statistics
  • Role of resident screening companies
  • Resident screening best practices

This webinar recording is a must-have for Multifamily Property Professionals in conventional and government-assisted housing:

  • Property Owners
  • Property Managers
  • Public Housing Authorities
  • Compliance Professionals
  • Attorneys
  • Training Professionals

Please Note: The information contained in this webinar is provided by Vendome Real Estate Media and is intended for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice or as an offer to perform legal services on any subject matter.