Fair Housing & Public Accommodation Law
Baird Holm attorneys represent individuals, developers, property managers, and nonprofit organizations in all aspects of fair housing and public accommodation law. Our clients must comply with a myriad of federal anti-discrimination laws (Fair Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, and Title II of the Civil Rights Act), as well as state and local laws. Property managers face fair housing questions when screening applicants, enforcing housing rules and addressing reasonable accommodation requests.
- Draft policies and provide advice to assist our clients in complying with all fair housing and public accommodation laws, keeping in mind the practical ramifications for the operation of their businesses.
- Advise our clients on the additional regulatory hurdles they face when receiving federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other federal and state agencies.
- Advise developers, builders, architects, and other design professionals on the various accessibility requirements imposed by federal and state laws (the differences between federal accessibility standards and state and municipal building codes have caused widespread confusion and noncompliance).
- Assist our clients in not only understanding the accessibility requirements of the ADA, Section 504, and the Fair Housing Act, but also the interpretations of HUD and the Department of Justice of the more complicated aspects of federal accessibility laws.
FAIR HOUSING & PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION LITIGATION
We represent clients in numerous federal courts across the country, as well as before administrative agencies such as the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. We are often retained to defend targets of federal government "pattern or practice" investigations and complaints brought by the United States Department of Justice throughout the country. We also represent clients before state courts and administrative agencies in Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wyoming.
- Resolve a vast majority of cases when we win summary judgment for our clients or achieve a settlement consistent with their goals.
- Control each case from the outset by conducting an early case analysis.
- Collaborate with our clients to form a unique strategy for each case.
- When requested, we place our analysis and strategy in writing and provide case budgets.
FAIR HOUSING & PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION TRAINING
We have provided housing training across the United States to owners, property management companies, developers, contractors, architects, engineers, and state and local housing agencies. Our training engages audiences and provides practical solutions to everyday issues faced by the housing industry. We have provided training for national and state organizations such as the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Council for Affordable and Rural Housing, the National Council of State Housing Agencies, the Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the Missouri Council for Affordable Housing, the Alabama Council for Affordable and Rural Housing, and the Idaho Affordable Housing Management Association.
- Provide training for owners, property managers, and state and local housing agencies on the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and state and local fair housing and public accommodation laws.
- Provide training for owners, developers, contractors, architects, engineers, and other design professionals on the accessibility requirements of Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and state and local fair housing and public accommodation laws.
- Provide training mandated by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for owners, property management companies, developers, contractors, architects, engineers, and other design professionals involved with the design and construction of housing receiving low income housing tax credits and other funding from the TDHCA.
- Provide 3560 training to owners and managers of USDA Rural Development 515 properties.
- Provide a variety of online training products for the housing industry include web-based learning products and webinars.