Orange County

FROM THE PRESIDENT AOA TODAY THE ORGANIZATION WITH A PURPOSE: to provide professional guidance and economic benefits for Housing Providers throughout the State of California. A COMMITMENT: To You! To assist you in becoming as successful as possible in all that you do. AND GOALS... 1. Financial - to provide information from which you will discover at least one idea that will help you make and/or keep more money than ever before! 3. World View - to support a strong belief in Biblical principles and individual responsibility. We are taxpayers for less government who also support the U.S. Constitution, as originally intended. 4. Political - to educate, motivate and organize the strongest group of owners in the state who are dedicated to winning back our American Economic System of Free Enterprise and correcting the injustices of our eviction, tenant welfare (aka rent control) and taxation laws! 2. Personal - to support you in making your business of providing housing for others more profitable, easier and more enjoyable! Apartment Owners Association of California, Inc. Je Faller, AOA President AOA News and Buyers Guide • Orange County • January 2022 • (714) 539-6000 8 We Are Housing Providers, Not “Landlords” We Are Housing Providers, Not “Landlords” The below article was written by Mercedes Shaffer, an agent with Pacific Sotheby's International Re - alty. T he real estate industry has made a lot of positive chang- es to try to provide equal housing opportunities for everyone. Fair housing laws are designed to guarantee a person’s right to obtain housing regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, famil- ial status, or disability. Additionally, many state and local laws prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Choose Your Words Carefully Today, if a real estate agent or property manager uses any phrases in an advertisement description for a home or apartment building that could be considered discrimina- tory, they could face large fines if they are found guilty of violating the Fair Housing Act (FHA). While some phrases are obviously dis- criminatory and inappropriate in a listing description, such as anything in reference to race or sexual orien- tation, phrases that you might not think of as discriminatory such as “near a church” are not acceptable and “near places of worship” is. Another example is “walking dis- tance to shops” could be considered discriminatory because a physically disabled person may not be able to walk, so instead the appropriate phrase is “conveniently located near shops.” The amount of risk and responsibility an owner has compared to a tenant’s is vastly disproportionate, yet government regulations continue to increase the rights of tenants and take away rights from property owners to the point that it’s crippling the industry.