Happy Asian Senior Couple Standing In Front Of A House

You may have heard the term 55+ senior living community. Or maybe you heard someone reference apartments for seniors. On the surface it seems pretty straight forward – an age-restricted community of people that are at least 55 years old – but what else is there to know?

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 actually made it illegal for communities/landlords to discriminate against potential occupants based on protected classes. It was amended in 1988 to include protection for those with disabilities or based on familial status. However, in 1995 the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) passed the Housing for Older Persons Act in order to preserve communities designed for seniors.

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