- Under federal fair housing laws, it is legal to prohibit which of the following in a housing unit? Answer: Both a and c: Tenants’ activities, such as smoking and drinking, aren’t protected.
- Which of the following are violations or potential violations of the Fair Housing Act? Answer: Both a and b: Excluding prospective buyers on the basis of race is always a violation. Although it’s potentially a violation to discriminate on the basis of familial status, “adults only” is acceptable when the housing is specifically designated for older persons pursuant to a state, local, or federal program designed to accommodate the needs of elderly persons. Or the community must be occupied solely by persons who are 62 or older, or house at least one person who is 55 or older in at least 80 percent of the occupied units and adhere to a policy that demonstrates an intent to house and provide services to persons who are 55 or older.
- Under the federal fair housing law, the seven protected classes include: Answer: Race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin. Race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin. Although some interest groups have tried to lobby to include sexual orientation and marital status, these aren’t protected classes under the federal law, but are sometimes protected by certain local state fair housing laws.
- The fair housing laws prohibit all of the following, except: Answer: Evicting a current user of illegal drugs. Evicting a current user of illegal drugs. Drug addiction isn’t covered under any of the protected classes. In fact, the Fair Housing Act specifically states that current illegal drug users aren’t handicapped.
- The Civil Rights Act of 1866 does which of the following? Answer: Both a and c Grants all citizens the same rights as white citizens to own, purchase, lease, transfer or use real property. Effectively prohibits all discrimination in real estate based on race.
6. The Equal Professional Service Model involves all of the following key guidelines except: Answer: Is my client working with another agent? One of the purposes of the Equal Professional Service Model is to document that the client, not the practitioner, has set the limits regarding desired properties.
- When a prospect inquires about the racial makeup of neighborhoods or schools, you should respond by saying: Answer: “The Fair Housing Act prohibits me from providing that kind of information. I recommend you contact the school district, municipal government, or the local library.” Send prospects elsewhere for an answer to such questions, after reminding them of the fair housing law
- Looking at the following four marketing examples, identify which one is OK under Article 10 of the Code of Ethics? Answer: Advertising your knowledge of a language other than English in an English-language advertisement.
- In an advertisement for a small, two-bedroom house in a neighborhood where many families live, which of the following language is clearly improper under the Fair Housing Act? Answer: No children. In general, it’s best to describe the property and nearby amenities–not the potential buyer–when advertising.