Fair Housing Review & Practice Issues

For Vermont Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons

This course initially reviews the historic development of discrimination law in housing, including the three (3) major acts that constitute federal law and the two chapters of Vermont law on the subject.  After reviewing the basics, the course turns to an exploration of the practical effect such laws have on the day to day practice of real estate agents with an emphasis on pointing out the differences, including added protection, afforded by Vermont law.  The course ends with a discussion of strategies and procedures for handling fair housing issues, particularly those related to the familial status and handicap protected classes.

This course has been approved by the Vermont Real Estate Commission for 4 elective clock hours for activating or renewing a real estate license in Vermont.


  • To history and coverage of fair housing and related discrimination statutes
  • To explore practical situations where fair housing and related discrimination statutes affect duties of a real estate agent
  • To explore how Vermont discrimination law varies from the national laws
  • To discuss strategies and procedures likely to assist real estate agents in handling fair housing issues


This course employs a lecture and discussion format and is intended to promote HIGH LEVELS of student interaction and questioninig.


Topics Covered: Development of Legislation to Address Discrimination in Housing (75 minutes); Related Acts including ECOA, VT Public Accommodations Law, and ADA (30 minutes); Advertising (15 minutes); Specific Areas of Concern:  Familial Status (30 minutes); Persons with Disabilities (45 minutes); Public Assistance (10 minutes); Neighborhood Ethnicity and Niche Advertising (15 minutes); General Concerns for Brokerages ( 20 minutes)


Instructor: Randall F. Mayhew, Vermont attorney and longtime instructor of real estate

Enrollment: Sponsor reserves right to require a minimum of twelve pre-registered students.  Maximum enrollment may apply when required due to space limitations. Enrollment at the door is subject to available space.  Payment must be made prior to commencement of course.

Schedule:  Posted on this website.  Cost $70 (general charge).