HUD Issues Fair Housing Guidance on Criminal-History-Based Housing Restrictions
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today issued guidance addressing how the Fair Housing Act applies to the use of criminal records by providers or operators of housing and real-estate related transactions. Having a criminal record is not a protected class under the Fair Housing Act, but HUD says there may be fair housing violations if
a policy or practice (such as tenant screening) has a disparate impact on one race, national origin group or other protected class more than another without justification.
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