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Important Fair Housing Laws That You Should Know

Managing a property or community association is complicated. There are so many rules and regulations that you need to be aware of and it’s hard to keep track of them all. Fair housing laws are diverse like the populations they aim to protect. We often assist property managers, realtors, landlords and community associations (condo, HOA and townhomes) on this topic and here’s what we think you should know:

1. The Fair Housing Act

2. The Americans with Disabilities Act

3. Illinois State and Local Laws

Defending a potential discrimination claim entails a detailed fact-finding process as well as a skilled interpretation of relevant laws. Under each of these laws, a Complainant can seek fines and damages, which will vary by jurisdiction. Discrimination claims can be before various entities, including administrative bodies, state court and even the federal level (since the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act are both federal statutes).

While it can be daunting to understand the legal intricacies of fair housing laws, Tressler attorneys are here to help. Over the years, I have helped numerous clients with these issues and can help you develop proactive steps in a non-discriminatory manner to protect against exposure as well as handle any allegations of housing discrimination.

Feel free to contact me for a complimentary consultation at momalley@tresslerllp.com [1] or by phone at (312) 627-4052.

Matt O’Malley [2]


Tressler LLP represents hundreds of associations and property managers throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Our attorneys have decades of experience serving the needs of associations in a wide variety of matters including the collection of delinquent assessments; review and negotiation of contracts; financing and loan documentation; property licenses; declaration and bylaw amendments; rule enforcement and challenges; construction disputes; discrimination claims; legal updates and opinions. 

Tressler condominium and common interest community association attorneys collaborate and work together in eight different counties in Illinois on a daily basis. We have litigated numerous issues on behalf of associations in both state and federal courts and serve as panel counsel for many insurance companies.