The Refusal to Insure Section 8 Properties Has Disparate Impact Consequences

Civil Rights Insider Winter 2017 issue article - The Refusal to Insure Section 8 Properties Has Disparate Impact ConsequencesJean Zachariasiewicz authored an article for the Federal Bar Association Civil Rights Law Section’s newsletter, Civil Rights Insider, in which she discusses the willingness of insurance providers to issue policies to landlords who accept tenants using Section 8 vouchers, an issue at the intersection of fair housing and the insurance industry that is gaining prominence.  Federal and administrative complaints allege that, once they become aware of the presence of Section 8 tenants at an insured property, the insurance providers have either canceled the existing property insurance policy or required a higher premium in order to continue coverage, and that these actions have a disparate impact on protected groups, such as racial minorities and people with disabilities, thereby violating the Fair Housing Act.

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Link to Civil Rights Insider – Winter 2017