Challenges Continue to Impact Landlords & Property Managers, Opines

Disparate impact is a critical challenge faced in tenant screening and recent changes to immigration law highlight the potential impact of any law governing fair and equal access.

With an Executive Order the White House recently enacted new rules governing immigration from seven predominately Muslim nations by banning immigration entry from those countries into the United States thereby highlighting the potentially dramatic affect a change in law can have on a given group. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of states: “Laws that rule our country can change suddenly and absolutely; and this Executive Order highlights the immediate need of all landlords and property managers to work with well-qualified third-party tenant screening companies in order to stay ahead of any potential change governing the rental industry.”

Using the example of the Executive Order banning immigration from seven primarily Muslim countries may appear to be a stretch in logic when one compares it to the rental market, but the logic is there. Almeida opines: “When the direction of the federal government changes from one direction to another, 180 degrees opposite, change can and will occur very quickly.

Dr. Ben Carson is the White House nominee for secretary of HUD. If confirmed he could bring radical change to the policies of the department, especially in consideration of “disparate impact,” an oft used tool in regulating housing discrimination.

From (Jan. 18, 17):

Ben Carson, nominated by Donald Trump for secretary of Housing and Urban Development, objects to two Obama-era policies:

  •     A rule that requires local communities to seek and destroy discriminatory housing…

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