Adult 55+/62+ Community
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Follow these guidelines when entering a listing in TREND's MLS system as "55+/62+ Community", previously called Housing for Older Persons (HFOP), which indicates age restricted 55+/62+ communities. Complete and return the Notification of Exempted Property form when you upload the listing.
Congress passed the Fair Housing Act of 1989 that provides for an advertising exemption for "Adult 55+/62+ Community." When advertising, you must give notice to the public, including real estate professionals, when the property you are advertising meets the guidelines for "Adult 55+/62+ Community." The exemption was created for two age groups:
Failure to advertise the listing in the correct fashion makes it possible to challenge any claim that it qualifies for "Adult 55+/62+ Community" and constitutes a failure to meet the legal requirements to qualify for the exemption.
Adding an Adult 55+/62+ Community Listing
ACCEPTABLE TERMS FOR ADULT 55+/62+ COMMUNITY ADVERTISING
The guidelines of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Human Relations Commission permit publishers (including newspapers or TREND) to publish an advertisement for "Adult 55+/62+ Community," and not be held liability in that advertising, when the following acceptable terms are used:
Equivalent phrases referring to persons 55 or 62 (eg. Senior Community for 55+) are also acceptable. The term “adult” should not be used alone, without reference to age limitation, as a description of Housing for Older Persons. For example, “Adult” by itself is unacceptable, but “Adult 55+” or “Adult 62+” is acceptable. For a list of words that are not acceptable in TREND for use in relation to Adult 55+/62+ Community, read Words Prohibited or Restricted in Free Form Data Fields.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON ADULT 55+/62+ COMMUNITIES: