Did you know that we provide education to landlords seeking to better understand fair housing law? We educate landlords about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act, as well as help them navigate the changing housing landscape. The story below highlights how we helped one landlord stay compliant with fair housing laws, leading to better outcomes for both his business and his tenants:
Four years ago, Robert started a property management company. His company currently manages 168 units in Pendleton, including both single and multifamily homes.
FHCO was an invaluable resource for Robert when he was starting his business. He knew he wanted to have fair housing built directly into his policies and procedures, and knew he could count on FHCO to provide the resources needed for him to do just that.
Robert met Glenda, FHCO’s Eastern Oregon Education & Outreach Specialist, while attending a fair housing training. During that training, he learned just how easy it was to stay compliant with fair housing laws.
“Glenda is a great teacher,” Robert recently told us, “Anytime I have a question about fair housing, Glenda is willing to help. She will always give me an honest answer, even when it’s not what I want to hear. She’s not afraid to tell me when I’m wrong and teaches me about fair housing in a way that’s easy to understand.”
Since starting his company, Robert has learned how to address his biases and put them aside when dealing with tenants. He has also been able to help his tenants understand their rights and responsibilities under fair housing law. This has led to better outcomes for both his business and his tenants – his business is protected when he is in compliance with fair housing laws and he has good relations with his tenants.
“It’s easy to maintain fair housing standards so why wouldn’t I do so from the beginning”, Robert says, “And if I ever have a question or need assistance, I know I can count on Glenda and the Fair Housing Council of Oregon to help me.”
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are committed to protecting the housing rights of those who are most vulnerable, and that starts with educating landlords about fair housing law.
If you are a landlord who is interested in attending a Fair Housing training, fill out our training request form. To learn more about your fair housing rights and responsibilities as a housing provider, visit our Information for Housing Providers resource page. Landlords can also call our housing provider fair housing resource hotline at (503) 223-8197 ext. 5. We do not provide legal advice.