D.C. Fair Housing

Overview

The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in residential real estate-related transactions, including brokering, financial, and appraisal services. This act along with the Housing and Community Development Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, are the bedrock of fair housing practices in the District. Despite these long-standing laws prohibiting discrimination, however, thousands of fair housing complaints are filed every year.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the laws governing fair housing, the protected classes under federal and D.C. law, the types of acts that violate fair housing laws, and the penalties that may be imposed.

This course meets the District of Columbia's mandatory three-hour fair housing CE course requirement.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • summarize the history of the Fair Housing Act and related federal and District of Columbia laws
  • recognize the protected classes under federal and D.C. law
  • explain government housing initiatives to promote fair housing
  • discuss prohibited acts that violate fair housing laws
  • recognize how fair housing relates to mortgage lending
  • describe predatory lending schemes that licensees must be aware of
  • explain how fair housing complaints are filed and laws enforced
  • list the penalties that may be imposed for fair housing violations

Designed For

District of Columbia real estate licensees
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