The Fair Housing Act protects individuals’ fair housing rights from discrimination when they are renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance or engaging in other housing-related activities. Additional protections apply to federally-assisted housing.
Discrimination and Prohibited Actions:
The Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of:
Most types of housing are covered by the Act. Exemptions include limited circumstances such as owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family houses sold or rented by the owner without the use of an agent and housing operated by religious organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.
Prohibited Actions That Impact Your Fair Housing Rights
It is illegal discrimination to take any of the following actions because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin when it comes to renting or selling a home:
In mortgage lending, the following actions affecting your fair housing rights are prohibited:
Harassment, Disabilities and Other Prohibitions
The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to harass persons based on these protected characteristics. Among other things, this forbids sexual harassment.
The Act also protects the fair housing rights of persons with disabilities. Housing providers must make reasonable accommodations and allow reasonable modifications that may be necessary to allow persons with disabilities to enjoy their housing. Certain multifamily housing must be accessible to persons with disabilities.
In addition, threatening, coercing, intimidating or otherwise interfering with anyone exercising their fair housing rights or assisting others who exercise their rights counts as discrimination. Retaliating against someone who has filed a fair housing complaint or assisted in an investigation also falls under this label.
REPORT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
If you believe you have been discriminated against in your efforts to find housing, reach out to us today. Our attorneys will be able to guide you to the best resources for your situation, including providing legal counsel and representation, if appropriate. Any help you may receive from us is completely free to you.