In this episode, I'm joined by Paul Valenti and Jeffrey Lorick from the Pinellas County Office of Human Rights and we are going to be talking about Fair Housing. A few months ago, I attended a training these gentlemen put on at my realtor board, the Pinellas Realtor Organization. The training was about how implicit bias can have an impact on Fair Housing laws. The training was one of, if not the best, training I have experienced in my real estate career.
In light of the recent events across our nation as it relates to COVID-19 as well as the civil unrest, I thought this was an important conversation to share with listeners and viewers and I wanted to share this important information with as many people as possible.
In this episode we discuss:
Who is protected under the Fair Housing Act
What fair housing laws prohibit and who is exempt from the law
Local, State and Federal Organizations that enforce Fair Housing Laws
What happens if a person is found to be in violation of Fair Housing Laws
The use of service animals and emotional support animals, in particular as it relates to pet restrictions and pet policies
Additionally, the Pinellas County Office of Human Rights together with the Tampa Bay Fair Housing Consortium, Gulfcoast Legal Services and the Hispanic Outreach Center will be holding a pair of free webinars for Landlords, Property Managers and Tenants on Friday, July 17 and Friday, July 24. Each event will start at 1pm. Go to tbfhc.org/events to learn more about the events and to register to attend
Additional Fair Housing Resources:
Pinellas County Office for Human Rights website
U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development
If you feel you need to file a Fair Housing violation with the Pinellas County Office of Human Rights, you can call the office at 727-464-4880 or download an intake form from the website