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Updates on Eviction Hearings, Jury Trials, and Fair Housing Lawsuits

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Updates on Eviction Hearings, Jury Trials, and Fair Housing Lawsuits

I have two announcements today, both for Fayette County folks, and a Fair Housing update. JURY TRIALS POSTPONED First, all jury trials in Fayette County have been postponed until February. So, if you have a forcible detainer jury trial scheduled for November, December, or January, it has been postponed and you will get a new court date. NO IN-PERSON EVICTIONS DURING NOVEMBER Second, evictions in Fayette County will be done remotely during the month of November. That means if you have an eviction scheduled this month, you will need to contact the Fayette District Judges’ Office at (859) 246-2247 within...

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Revisions to Kentucky's Assistance Animal Law (KRS 383.085): What Landlords Need to Know

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Revisions to Kentucky's Assistance Animal Law (KRS 383.085): What Landlords Need to Know

Anyone who has been paying attention in the rental industry over the past few years is aware of the explosion of requests for Assistance Animals by tenants and those seeking to live in rental housing. While such requests used to limited to those with physical disabilities seeking to have their service dog live with them to guide their path, pull their wheelchair, or alert them to an oncoming seizure, most requests today are for Emotional Support Animals.  Such animals are typically untrained, with the theory being that their very presence alleviates the symptoms of a mental or emotional disability. Due...

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A Review of Important Fair Housing Cases

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A Review of Important Fair Housing Cases

In last week’s post, we reviewed some statistics on housing discrimination complaints filed in 2017. One positive note from that review was that landlords are rarely found to have committed acts of housing discrimination. This week, I want to look at some cases across the country that shed light on some important topics in Fair Housing. One of several lessons from this week’s review: while housing discrimination might be rare, it can be very costly for landlords. Here are four cases that illustrate that point and give us lessons to consider: Case #1 - Fair Housing Center of West Michigan...

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Fair Housing Trends: What Landlords Need to Know

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Fair Housing Trends: What Landlords Need to Know

Every year, the National Fair Housing Alliance issues a report on Fair Housing Trends from the prior year. The report reviews the most recent data on claims of housing discrimination across the country. In April 2018, the NFHA’s 2018 Fair Housing Trends Report was released. You can read the full report using this link. Here are the highlights: I’m always most interested in two things in the report: (1) statistics on housing discrimination claims and (2) important housing discrimination cases. Today, I’m just going to review the statistical data regarding the housing discrimination complaints filed in 2017. 2017 Housing Discrimination...

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Video: Three Steps to Ease Your Fears of a Housing Discrimination Complaint

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Video: Three Steps to Ease Your Fears of a Housing Discrimination Complaint

Three Steps to Ease Your Fears of a Housing Discrimination Complaint from Stephen Marshall on Vimeo.

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