What does the regulation say?
"Any real estate licensee who renews their license on or after July 1, 2008 will be required to complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing education, three hours of which must include fair housing and/or discrimination in the sale or rental of real property or an interest in real property." - NY Dept of State.
New Fair Housing course
While many New York real estate professionals are dismayed at reports of the most blatant fair housing offences that hit the news, others are surprised to learn how easily they themselves can become the target of a fair housing complaint.
New York has historically had the most diverse housing market in the country which has always made it a prime contender for contentious fair housing issues. But there are a variety of factors contributing to an environment where there is an increased likelihood of receiving a fair housing complaint. Consumers are more aware of their fair housing rights due to extensive public awareness campaigns and media reports. Also, the introduction of undercover investigators posing as buyers, particularly in specifically targeted communities, has significantly increased the odds of discovery of even the most spontaneous, and even unintentional discriminatory behavior. Relying on the defense that a potentially discriminatory behavior was your office or firm's standard operating procedure is not an acceptable defense. All licensees are expected to know and follow Fair Housing laws.
CE Network has developed a New York Department of State approved 3 credit course to address the Fair Housing issue. Nationally recognized real estate instructor Deborah Long, DREI, CRS, Ed.D. walks learners through real life examples and provides concrete direction for minimizing this risk. The course is available after completion for three years to ensure that learners have a handy resource they can access online 24/7 anywhere they have an internet connection.