Court Says HOA’s Rules Discriminated Against Children

case involved an action by association members (“Owners”) against their homeowners’ association (“Association”) for alleged violations of the federal Fair Housing Act due to discrimination against Owners based on “familial status.” “Familial Status” is defined in the Fair Housing Act as “one or more individuals (who have not attained the age of 18 years) being domiciled with … a parent or another person having legal custody of such individual or individuals.” In short, familial status discrimination entails discrimination against families with children.