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Familial Status and Fair Housing Regulations

May 15, 2014  |  by Michelle

Equal Housing Thanks to the new Keystone enhancements, it’s easier to know which remarks fields are for agent remarks and which are for the public.

Remember, the Internet/Public Remarks fields appear on Broker IDX sites and syndication sites. This is a form of advertising and must adhere to Federal, State and local Fair Housing regulations. According to HUD, “Advertisements may not state an explicit preference, limitation or discrimination based on familial status.

MRIS reviews the Remarks fields in listings for potential violations of Fair Housing regulations. Whenever a potential fair housing violation is found, the MRIS Compliance Department removes the inappropriate information and notifies the listing agent. MRIS has enhanced its auditing for potential violations of familial status by looking for references to kids. Statements such as “Great for Kids” or “make this the place to raise kids” may be a potential violation.

Did you know that there is a list of Fair Housing Acceptable Words and Phrases on MRIS.com? Visit MRIS.com/Compliance (make sure you’re logged in to MRIS.com) and take a look at all of the resources Compliance has provided for you.

The guideline to use when entering Remarks is to describe the property, not the persons who may occupy the property. So, while it is probably OK to reference community amenities such as Tot Lots, Kids Playground or Children’s Pool, your remarks should not paint a picture of a person or people occupying the property.

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