Fair Housing Law Center
Combating Sexual Harassment in Housing
The Sexual Harassment in Housing Initiative is an effort to combat sexual harassment in housing led by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. The goal of the Initiative is to address sexual harassment by landlords, property managers, maintenance workers, loan officers or other people who have control over housing. If you or someone you know has been sexually harassed by someone connected to housing, contact us to tell us about this experience.
On April 11, 1968—seven days after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—President Lyndon Johnson signed into law Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, commonly known as the Fair Housing Act. The legislation was co-sponsored by then-Senators Edward Brooke and Walter Mondale and advanced an ambitious and progressive vision: to eliminate housing discrimination and residential segregation in this country. As envisioned, the Fair Housing Act is an important tool for achieving both justice and equity. In signing the bill, President Johnson proclaimed: “At long last, fair housing for all is now a part of the American way of life. We have come some of the way—not near all of it.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced a formal complaint against Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act by allowing landlords and home sellers to use its advertising platform to engage in housing discrimination. HUD claims Facebook enables advertisers to control which users receive housing-related ads based upon the recipient’s race,(…)
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that it has charged the owners of a house in Beltrami County, Minnesota, and their real-estate agent, with discrimination for refusing to rent the house to a family because of race, national origin and their minor children. The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful(…)
HUD Approves Agreement Between Nevada Real Estate Companies and Applicant Resolving Claims of Disability Discrimination
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that it has approved a Conciliation Agreement between Delta House Investments, LLC in Reno, Nevada, and Premier Realty, Inc., of Carson City, Nevada, and a prospective tenant resolving allegations that they denied the applicant’s request to have an assistance animal. Read the agreement. The Fair(…)
HUD Charges New York Property Owners and Agents with Discriminating Against Resident with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced it is charging Syracuse, New York, property owners Nolo Contendere, LLC and Nolo Contendere LLC Trust, and their agents with housing discrimination for allegedly refusing to allow a woman with mental disabilities to keep an assistance animal. Read HUD’s charge. The Fair Housing Act prohibits(…)
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that it has charged two Ohio corporations, Epcon Communities, Inc., and Epcon Communities Franchising, Inc. (Epcon), with housing discrimination for failing to design and construct thirty-two multifamily housing communities throughout Ohio that meet the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act. Read HUD’s charge. The(…)