Statewide Virtual Meeting Tues May 18: Fair Housing Act, Avoid Fines

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This presentation will give an overview of the federal Fair Housing Act. First passed in April 1968 and since amended, the Titles VIII through IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 are commonly known as the Fair Housing Act. This landmark US law prohibits discrimination during the sale, rental, and financing of housing because of someone's membership in a protected class.

We will review the federal protected classes and describe how Massachusetts law builds on and expands these protected classes. We will look at behaviors landlords may engage in that would put us at risk of violating the Fair Housing Act, including:

  • Declining rental applications without business justification,
  • Ghosting,
  • Steering, and
  • Disparate impact.

In Massachusetts, the Fair Housing Act is enforced by testers looking for discriminatory actions, whether intentional or unintentional. The fine for the first offense is $10,000 and increases for subsequent offenses.

Attendees will leave knowing how to comply with the Fair Housing Act, which aspects of their rental operations may need to be revised, and how to ensure equal housing opportunity for all.

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The Fair Housing Act is not just a Good Idea, it's the Law
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Attorney Carl Lindley

Part of this event will be presented by Attorney Carl W. Lindley, Jr. Attorney Lindley is a partner at Farber and Lindley, LLC. He has been practicing law in Massachusetts for 14 years and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court and United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Attorney Lindley has effectively represented litigants in the District and Superior Courts of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court as well as the Juvenile and Housing Court systems. Additionally, he has practiced before many administrative agencies and boards, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Massachusetts Fire Safety Commission and Automatic Sprinkler Appeals Board, among others. Attorney Lindley’s practice focuses on civil litigation, including prosecuting and defending serious personal injury, wrongful death, automobile accidents, slip and fall injuries, dog bite cases and professional malpractice claims. Additionally, Attorney Lindley has successfully handled business and landlord-tenant litigation, including housing discrimination, reasonable accommodation issues, lead paint litigation, summary process actions, warranty of habitability and quiet enjoyment claims, lease violations, security deposit claims and class action litigation. He is widely recognized for knowing his stuff: Board of Bar Overseers Pro Bono Panel of Attorneys for 2018 and 2019; named by Super Lawyers as a rising star 2013 through 2015; Chairman of the Board of Directors for Oakham New Braintree Baseball Inc. He teaches a course at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, MA entitled "Landlord Tenant Law – How to be a Smart Landlord". Attorney Lindley is also a landlord in Worcester County, a licensed real estate broker and licensed to complete moderate risk de-leading on his own properties.

Erin Zamarro of A.A. Zamarro Realty will moderate networking time.
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Networking time for this event will be moderated by Erin Zamarro. Erin lives and works in Worcester. Erin is a real estate broker at A.A. Zamarro Realty, an independent brokerage which has operated in the Worcester residential and commercial real estate markets for over 50 years. Our office frequently works with buyers and sellers of investment property. Erin is a Certified Massachusetts Landlord™ as well as a member of the National Association of Realtors. Erin received a B.A. from Holy Cross and an M.B.A with a concentration in Marketing from Clark University.


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Open to attendees statewide

This event is regionally branded in keeping with a local tradition. This region used to meet in-person on this day at this time. You are welcome to participate in this virtual meeting no matter where you are in the state.

Tuesday, May 18th

Cambridge & Statewide Virtual Meeting Agenda

  • 5:00pm Sign-in and virtual networking: you can chit chat with others as people log in
  • 5:40pm Business Update
  • 6:00pm Fair Housing Act
  • 7:00pm Virtual meeting ends

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