Fair Housing: Understanding Familial Status

Member price:


Your price:

$ 99.00

11 am PT / 12 pm MT / 1 pm CT / 2 pm ET
*approximate length: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Presenters: Eric Luskin, CPM, and Margaret Hanson

Familial Status and establishing reasonable occupancy guidelines can be confusing aspects of Fair Housing Law. Under what conditions, if any, must children be allowed to reside within your community? Are there different policies that can/should apply when children are present? Who is protected under Familial Status? This webinar will address these questions and more as an expert panel takes an in-depth look at the Familial Status protection under the law. Participants will learn more about how this protected class applies to their leasing practices, including special considerations for student housing (renting by-the-bed) situations.

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • List who is protected under Familial Status
  • Describe reasonable guidelines when renting to an applicant with minor children
    • Define senior housing exception
    • Develop reasonable occupancy limits
  • Identify best practices for marketing and avoiding steering as it relates to Familial Status protection
  • Identify best practices for responding to applicants with a minor child when renting by-the-bed

Eric Luskin, CPM
Eric Luskin Eric Luskin is the Senior Vice President Emeritus at The Scion Group LLC. He has worked in the student housing field since 1975, including a combined 27 years managing housing on campus for colleges and universities.  Then, after becoming a principal of The Scion Group in 2002, he went on to work as an advisor in more than 150 campus markets throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, Mexico and the U.K. 
Over his career he has been an author and frequent presenter at professional associations on a diverse range of topics, including customer service, new developments, strategic planning and the Fair Housing Act.  Eric entered “semi” retirement in 2018, but still assists Scion with select clients, continues to facilitate campus workshops on Fair Housing, and has provided training at nearly 100 Scion communities on compliance with the FHA.      
Mr. Luskin is the recipient of the Dick Daines Memorial Award and the S. Earl Thompson Award, both presented by the Association of College & University Housing Officers-International, and the Michigan Property Manager of the Year Award from IREM®.  In addition to the Certified Property Manager Emeritus® distinction through IREM, Mr. Luskin is graduate of Wilmington College (Ohio) and of Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. 

Margaret Hanson, Senior Paralegal
Margaret Hanson Margaret Hanson, Senior Paralegal for The Scion Group since 2013, has over 20 years of experience focused on real estate sectors and oversees Scion’s daily legal and operational needs including contract review, entity management, acquisitions and Fair Housing matters. Ms. Hanson has continued her Fair Housing education through a network of seminars through Edge 2Learn, IREM® and Vendome Group. She is a national instructor for the Scion team regarding Fair Housing best practices.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Illinois State University and Certificate of Distinction in Paralegal Studies from The American Institute of Paralegal Studies.