New Harassment Rules Added to Fair Housing Act

HUD recently issued its final rules regarding quid pro quo (“this for that”) harassment and hostile environment harassment under the Fair Housing Act.  The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and familial status.  Although community associations do not typically consider themselves to be “housing providers,” the Fair Housing Act applies to associations and plays a role in how the community relates to its residents.

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Will Assessments Become Tax Deductible?

On March 3, 2016, two members of the House of Representatives from California introduced H.R. 4696 which would amend the tax code to allow certain homeowners to deduct homeowner association assessments.  The act, called the “Helping Our Middle Income Earners Act” or “HOME Act” would allow homeowners earning $115,000 or less to deduct up to $5000 in regular assessments related to their primary residence from their federal taxes.  The bill has been assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee.

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