Cambridge & Statewide Virtual Meeting Tues June 16: Screening Tenants on Unemployment, and other Fair Housing Considerations

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Come learn about screening renters who receive public assistance, including unemployment. Can you refuse to rent to someone who is on unemployment? Not for that reason.

We'll begin by reviewing federal and Massachusetts discrimination protections. Included in the list of Massachusetts protections is receipt of public assistance. What counts as public assistance? We'll consider Section 8, SSI/SSDI, SNAP, unemployment, and state pensions.

Then we'll look at the math. How does Section 8 guarantee a renter will pass an income screen? Can federal and state unemployment add up to less than what is required? Can you reject an application the basis of income in either scenario? Attendees will leave with a detailed understanding of this important discrimination protection and how to know whether rent is likely to be paid by an applicant.

This part of the presentation will be given by trainers from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Staff trainers will be providing legal information but will not be giving advice specific to your situation.

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The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination will offer detailed information on the receipt of public assistance
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You'll be better prepared to screen renters receiving public assistance

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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, June 16th

Cambridge & Statewide Virtual Meeting Agenda

  • 6:00pm Sign-in and virtual networking: you can chit chat with others as people log in
  • 6:40pm MassLandlords Business Update and Member Minutes
    • Member Minutes - Any member can have the mic for 60 seconds (introduce yourself, ask a question, share words of wisdom, etc.)
  • 7:00pm Local Manager Meeting Introduction
  • 7:05pm Discrimination protections
  • 8:00pm Virtual meeting ends

Participation is Easy

As a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, our events have been replaced by webinars or virtual meetings held during the traditional event time for each former location:

  • Virtual meetings include optional audience participation via video, phone, and screenshare and are not recorded.
  • Webinars have limited participation options (typed questions only) and are recorded.

Our virtual registration desk is open for all events one hour starting 30 minutes prior to the event start time. Call 774-314-1896 or email for live, real-time help signing in and using your technology.

If joining a virtual meeting, please use the zoom "test audio" feature. You will be allowed to talk to others if your microphone is good and there is no background noise. We reserve the right to mute anyone for any reason. Attendees without a microphone or who don't want to be heard can type questions.

Virtual Meeting Details (hosted by Zoom)

We will share our video, audio, and computer screen and slides.

  • Optional: You can share your video with everyone, talk to everyone, and type chat with everyone. Video sharing is not required. Talking is not required.

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Open to the public. Membership is not required!

  • Contemporaneous participation:
    • Public: $10
    • Members: $7
    • Premium Members: No charge and no need to register. Click here for meeting details and password.

This event will not be recorded.


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