Fair Housing

Fair housing is the right of all people to be free from discrimination in the rental, sale, or financing of housing. Federal and state law makes it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of:
  • Creed *
  • Familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18)
  • Handicap
  • Marital status *
  • National origin
  • Race or color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Use of a trained guide dog by a blind or deaf person *
* Specific State protected classes

In Addition
It is illegal for anyone to:
  • Threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise that right.
  • Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap. This prohibition against discriminatory advertising applies to single-family and owner occupied housing that is otherwise exempt from the Fair Housing Act.
Recognizing Discrimination
  • You are refused the opportunity to rent or buy even though you are qualified.
  • You are singled out and treated differently in the terms and conditions of sale or rental of a dwelling.
  • You are told a dwelling for rent or sale is not available, even though it is.
  • You are directed to homes or rental properties in a particular area for discriminatory reasons.
  • A landlord refuses to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services if necessary for a handicapped person to use the housing.
  • A landlord refuses to let you make reasonable modifications to your dwelling or common use areas, at your expense, if necessary for the handicapped person to use the housing. (Where reasonable, the landlord may permit changes only if you agree to restore the property to its original condition when you move).
  • A landlord refuses to rent to you because you have 1 or more children under 18 living with you. Housing for older persons may be exempt.
Discriminating Comments
When Renting
  • "Our 'kids' building is full."
  • "We have a no pets rule and that includes guide dogs."
When Buying
  • "Do you think you can afford this neighborhood?"
  • "We just can't seem to make an appointment to show you that house."
When Financing
  • "We have a minimum mortgage amount; we don't make loans under ,000.
  • "You might get a better deal at another bank, why don't you call there first.
Housing doesn't have to be made available to a person who is a direct threat to the health or safety of others or who currently uses illegal drugs.

Housing Covered by the Fair Housing Act
The Federal Fair Housing Act covers most housing. In some circumstances, the Act exempts owner occupied building with no more than 4 units, single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.