The Fair Housing Act is formally known as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. It sets specific standards for anyone who is handling the rental, sale or financing of homes. It isn’t ever acceptable for anyone to face discrimination because of protected statuses. These include their national origin, race, color, sex or religion.
There are also specific standards that must be met for people who have disabilities. This includes amendments that stipulate that they shouldn’t be subjected to discrimination either. It’s imperative for anyone who manages or owns a mobile home community to remember that these requirements apply to them, too, so they can set standards to address this.
What constitutes discrimination?
Discrimination can occur at any point in the sale, rental or financing process. It is illegal for anyone to refuse anyone based solely on one of those protected factors. This must be made clear to anyone who’s handling these aspects of business within the mobile home park.
A person who feels they have been discriminated against in violation of the Fair Housing Act may opt to hire legal representation and file a claim. This would mean that your mobile home park could be facing a lengthy and costly legal battle. In order to prevent this from happening, you must ensure that you have policies in place that strictly forbid discrimination of any sort from occurring.
If you do find that you’re facing this type of lawsuit, be sure that you discuss the case with your attorney. You must ensure that you know the options you have for handling your case.