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Age plays key role in housing discrimination laws

Developers deal with residency exemptions

Why are developments and buildings for persons aged 55 and older exempt from restrictions and seem so privileged? A brief review of this country's housing laws, and the reasons for their enactment, would be a logical place to begin that explanation. The Fair Housing Act of 1968 was crafted from the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and prohibits a broad range of practices that discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status and disability. The act applies to municipalities and other local government entities, and prohibits them from making zoning or land-use decisions or implementing land-use policies that exclude or otherwise discriminate against protected persons. In 1988, the Fair Housing Act was amended to prohibit discrimination based upon disability or family status. The focus quickly targeted children under the age of 18 and pregnant women. The formation of families as a protected category suddenly collided with the operatio...