Fair Housing is not an option it is the Law! Federal, state and
local fair housing laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color,
national origin, religion, sex, familial status (families with
children under 18 years of age or pregnancy), and disability
(physical and/or mental).
How can I recognize
|Refusal to Rent or
|Refusing to sell, rent, lease,
exchange or negotiate for a dwelling for discriminatory
||Discriminating in rental amounts,
security deposits, enforcement of rules or other terms
and conditions of rental or sale.
||Representing that an available
dwelling is not available for inspection, sale or rental
when, in fact, it is.
||Saying, publishing or displaying a
racial, religious, sexual or ethnic preference with
respect to the sale or rental of housing.
||Directing anyone to homes or rental
property in a particular area for discriminatory
||Directing anyone to a particular
section of the community for discriminatory reasons.
||Denying a loan or offer different
financial terms and conditions for discriminatory
||Engaging in panic-selling by
representing that the racial composition of a
neighborhood is going to change.
||Excluding or discriminating against
families with children, except under specific guidelines
for housing for older persons.
||Discriminating against or fail to
make reasonable accommodations for persons with
What types of housing are covered?
Under the law, a landlord (owner, manager, broker, realtor or
company representative) is responsible for applying fair housing
practices in dwellings
such as: apartments
rented or leased, houses sold or
rented, boarding and
rooming house rentals, condominiums, mobile home
What can I do to prevent housing
happening to me?
|Put together a
|Include your employment history,
rental history, references, etc. Use this sheet to fill
out your housing application. This way, you have a
record of the information submitted. If you are
disqualified because of income, rental history, etc.,
you are able to refer back to the facts given to the
|This person may serve as a witness should you experience
|Be aware of
|Be able to describe the housing and facilities you
are shown, notice other tenants and employees, etc.
|Ask for a
|If no card is available, write down the person's
name, title and phone number. It is important that you
know whom you are talking to.
|Ask for copies of
rules and policies
|This is for your reference and possible evidence of an illegal
|Compare this information with what was advertised or told to you
about the housing you are seeking.
|Ask for the location of vacancies and when
you can move in
||Many places have a layout map for this purpose. Compare this
information to your housing needs.
|Pay close attention to what you are told
||Often, misunderstandings cause unnecessary hard feelings. Be
sure you understand what you are told. Avoid second guessing.
|If you are denied housing services,
ask for the reason in writing
||If a written reason is not provided, write down the reason given
for the denial. Documentation is the key to proving a
|Record a detailed account of your
||Ask the person you are with
to do the same.
While it is fresh in your mind, write down your account of the
discrimination, using exact dates, words and phrases as much as