DIX HILLS, N.Y., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- As Fair Housing Month comes to a close, Fair Housing Helper is pleased to announce the arrival of Fair Housing Helper for Apartment Professionals, a new compliance product aimed at helping landlords, property managers, leasing agents, and staff comply with the Fair Housing Act and related housing discrimination laws. With 28,519 fair housing complaints filed last year alone, according to newly released data compiled by the National Fair Housing Alliance, fair housing compliance remains a top, year-round concern for the residential housing industry.
Fair Housing Helper for Apartment Professionals, a quiz-based paperback book published by Hillocrian Creative LLC and available on Amazon.com and other online retailers, addresses this concern by showing readers how to protect their business, gain peace of mind, maintain good tenant relations, and avoid legal troubles by explaining a wide range of key compliance topics. For example, the book covers issues such as understanding how protected classes work, decorating a building for the holidays without showing religious preferences, avoiding certain phrases when advertising apartments, rejecting applicants who weren't born in the United States, handling a tenant's request to keep a cat for a disability despite a no-pets policy, and avoiding illegal steering and linguistic profiling.
"Complying with tricky fair housing laws requires more than just common sense or an open mind," explains Ron Leshnower, Founder and President of Fair Housing Helper and author of Fair Housing Helper for Apartment Professionals. "Plus, even people who aren't racist, sexist, or prejudiced in any way can violate the law—sometimes, ironically, out of good intentions."
Readers who complete the book's quiz earn their designation as a FairHousingHelper.com Gold Professional, which entitles them to a badge and a personalized Certificate of Training to display their professional commitment to fair housing. In the unfortunate event of a lawsuit, a purchase of Fair Housing Helper for Apartment Professionals can also help bolster a reader's credibility with a judge to avoid costly punitive damages.
"Fair Housing Helper for Apartment Professionals is a thorough, convenient, and even entertaining training program," says Liz Bramlet of Liz Bramlet Consulting, LLC in Washington, D.C. "I highly recommend it to landlords, property managers, leasing agents, and other staff who need to identify—and handle—the many types of fair housing issues that can arise at a property any day."
For more information about the book, please visit www.fairhousinghelper.com.
Fair Housing Helper for Apartment Professionals
by Ron Leshnower
Published by Hillocrian Creative LLC
U.S. trade paperback, $19.99
5" x 8", 306 pages
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Real Estate
About Ron Leshnower:
Ron Leshnower is the Founder and President of Fair Housing Helper and runs the popular FairHousingBlog.com. He is the author of Fair Housing Helper for Apartment Professionals and Every Landlord's Property Protection Guide: 10 Ways to Cut Your Risk Now (Nolo), an Amazon.com #1 multi-category bestseller that can be found in law schools and libraries across the country. A nationally recognized expert, Ron has been invited to speak on fair housing and related topics in front of audiences of housing professionals across the country. He has been quoted in The New York Times' "Real Estate Q&A" column, The Associated Press' "Your Money" series, the New York Daily News, Black Enterprise, the Real Estate Intelligence Report, Minyanville.com, and the Landlord Law Report, among other publications. In 2008, The New York Times Company's About Group selected Ron as the About.com Guide to Apartment Living / Rental. He has since written hundreds of articles and blog posts offering useful tips, explanations of key industry developments, and insightful commentary on a wide range of topics pertaining to rentals. Ron has also written about real estate for Nolo.com and the National Apartment Association's Units Magazine as well as several trade newsletters, and he can be seen guest-blogging for MyNewPlace.com. Ron earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts and is a member of the Authors Guild.
About Fair Housing Helper:
Fair Housing Helper was founded in 2007 to help apartment professionals learn how to comply with the Fair Housing Act and related housing discrimination laws. Fair Housing Helper now includes a family of three Web sites: FairHousingHelper.com, for information about products and updates; FairHousingResources.com, a comprehensive housing discrimination information portal where visitors can gain access to the full text of the Fair Housing Act, its regulations, related laws, helpful guidance, a handy pull-down menu of additional protected classes by state, and more; and FairHousingBlog.com, the place to learn how important fair housing issues have played out in real-life situations and join the discussion.
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