Illinois REALTORS® get an analysis of seven separate case studies in the July issue of DR Legal News, including a violation of the Fair Housing Act by a Colorado landlord.
In the case Smith v. Avanti, a transgender woman and her wife sued a landlord who refused to rent a Colorado townhouse to the couple and their two children. The couple sued the landlord under the federal Fair Housing Act and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act.
For more details about this case and six others reviewed by Lisa Harms Hartzler, Sorling Northrup Attorneys, read the July DR Legal News. Other items covered in this issue include:
Changes to the Illinois Real Estate License Act,
Real estate disciplines,
Testimony by director of legislative and political affairs for a property tax freeze,
A story about the importance of copyright law awareness and compliance and
A video about surveillance equipment and eavesdropping.
Also included in the DR Legal News are stories about copyright issues, seven legal case studies, real estate disciplines and testimony by Director of Legislative and Political Affairs Julie Sullivan before the Committee of the Whole in the Illinois House.
Take great care to review any agreements that you might be asked to sign when outsourcing services that assist you in your real estate brokerage business. It is especially important to be cautious when hiring someone else to provide work for you that is generally subject to copyright, such as property photos.
Also, if you have a website where third parties post information, including copyrighted works such as photos, you want to be exempt from copyright infringement charges under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In the video “Window to the Law: Changes to DMCA Safe Harbor,” NAR Associate Counsel Chloe Hecht explains a 2017 requirement for copyright agents.
NAR offers more information on the DMCA here that explains the new digital process for registration of copyright agents which could well apply to you in your real estate brokerage business.