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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS Serving the Multi-Family Industry for Over r Total Reconstruction Services 24-Hour Emergency Services Including Water Extraction/Drying Emergency Board-Up & Fencing Skilled Tradesman on Staff Fire Damage Clean-Up with Soot, Smoke & Odor Removal Restoration of Commercial, Industrial, Institutional & Multi-Family Properties Certified Mold Remediators www.parkeryoung.com Trauma/Crime Scene Clean-Up www.firestarinc.com Restoration Experts in: Call the Largest Full-time Staff in the Southeast 1.888.303.9288 809062_Parker.indd 1 We'll Do It Right! 4/24/16 11:55 AM We Transform Communities ! 16 | H A B I T1A T 808214_A1Signs.indd | w w w.atl-apt.org NAA ISSUES MEMBER ADVISORY ON FAIR HOUSING AND FAMILIAL STATUS In July, a fair housing complaint was filed against an NAA member company that operates properties in several states. The complaint questions the member's occupancy standards, alleging discrimination on the basis of familial status. It specifically targets the policy restricting occupancy to twopersons per bedroom. We anticipate that this is the leading edge of a trend in fair housing litigation. The two-persons per bedroom maximum occupancy policy is a standard utilized widely by apartment owneroperators in accordance with HUD's standard policy established in the Keating Memo issued in December 1998. According the memo, a two-persons per bedroom rule is acceptable with some limited exceptions in light of other relevant factors (for example, two adult parents with an infant child should be allowed to rent a large one-bedroom.) The recent complaint states that such a policy is unreasonable and both excludes and limits the number of families with children who can live at the owner's properties thus discriminating against families with children. The complaint suggests that owners should use local building or zoning codes to develop a policy on the basis of square footage and accounts for the entire livable space in the unit. Alternatively, the complaint suggests owners rely on the International Property Maintenance Code, which would allow up to eight people in a two-bedroom unit measuring 1,100 square feet. Members are strongly encouraged to review their occupancy standard policies with an attorney to ensure they are in compliance with fair housing laws. Earlier this year, NAA and the National Multifamily Housing Council issued a guidance document, Fair Housing Familial Status and Occupancy. The document contains a review of the law, recent litigation specifically targeting familial status and occupancy restrictions and suggests best practices for proper compliance. Members are also strongly encouraged to review insurance documents and identify which types of litigation claims are covered and any relevant limitations or restrictions. The Keating Memo and Fair Housing and Familial Status and Occupancy guidance document can be accessed on NAA's website at www.naahq.org. * 4/20/16 4:25 804894_Walt.indd AM 1 4/1/16 12:58 PM http://www.parkeryoung.com http://www.firestarinc.com http://www.parkeryoung.com http://www.a1signs.com http://www.naahq.org http://www.a1signs.com http://www.atl-apt.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Habitat - September/October 2016

Chair’s Message
Legal Talk
Government Affairs
Up Close
Safeguarding Property Assets and Residents
Foundation Update
Volunteer’s Corner
AAA Platinum Patron Member Profile: For Rent
AAA Gold Patron Member Profile: Affinity Pools
New Members
Advertisers’ Index
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Habitat - September/October 2016 - Chair’s Message
Habitat - September/October 2016 - Legal Talk
Habitat - September/October 2016 - 11
Habitat - September/October 2016 - Government Affairs
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Habitat - September/October 2016 - Up Close
Habitat - September/October 2016 - Safeguarding Property Assets and Residents
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Habitat - September/October 2016 - Foundation Update
Habitat - September/October 2016 - Volunteer’s Corner
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Habitat - September/October 2016 - AAA Platinum Patron Member Profile: For Rent
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Habitat - September/October 2016 - AAA Gold Patron Member Profile: Affinity Pools
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Habitat - September/October 2016 - New Members
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Habitat - September/October 2016 - Advertisers’ Index
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