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The Fundamentals Of Fair Housing Law For Cooperatives

State and federal fair housing laws can be a minefield for boards, managers and decision-makers in housing co-ops. The laws in this area are complex and frequently changing. Partnering with a solid legal team is essential for avoiding complaints or costly missteps.

At Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak, P.C., our housing law team represents cooperatives nationwide. We provide consulting services as well as vigorous representation in fair housing complaints. With decades of experience in this niche area of law, our attorneys understand how to apply the nuances of fair housing regulations. We can help you take a proactive approach to maintaining compliance and addressing any complaints.

Housing cooperatives have a legitimate need to implement rules and policies for the benefit of the community. However, co-ops must be cautious to avoid running afoul of fair housing laws.

State And Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws That Impact Housing

The federal Fair Housing Act and similar state laws such as the Illinois Human Rights Act prohibit discrimination on certain grounds, including race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age (over 40), military status, disability and marital status.

These laws sometimes have nuanced applications. For example, while housing cooperatives may enact bylaws restricting animals, they can’t restrict emotional support or service animals.

Other laws and regulations also have implications for fair housing.

Read our frequently asked questions about fair housing.

We Know Fair Housing Laws Inside And Out

As leaders in the area of cooperative housing law, our attorneys understand the intricacies of fair housing laws. We frequently deal with fair housing issues, including compliance and defense against complaints. We provide trainings and publish articles on fair housing topics.

Learn more about how we can work with your co-op board. Call 773-435-9064 for our Chicago office or 773-435-9064 for our Detroit-area office in Wyandotte. You can also reach us by email.