Fair Housing

Fair Housing is the freedom to choose where you want to live regardless of your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability.  The law protects people from discrimination in housing transactions involving rental, sales, lending, and insurance.

The Fair Housing Act

Coverage Under the Act

The act covers residential housing in the markets of rental, sales, lending and insurance to include private and subsidized housing.  

Prohibitions Under the Act

When the housing provider, because of your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability:

  • Refuses to negotiate for housing.
  • Sets different terms, conditions or privileges for sale, rental, lending or insurance of a dwelling.
  • Provides different housing services or facilities.
  • Falsely denies that housing is available for inspection, sale or rental.
  • For profit, induces someone to sell or rent because of the protected class that is moving into the neighborhood.
  • Denies anyone access to or membership in a rental or sales facility or service (such as a multiple listing service).
  • Threatens, coerces, intimidates or interferes with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others to exercise a right.
  • Advertises or makes any statement that indicates a limitation, preference, or discrimination based on a protected class.

Special Provisions Under the Act

Disabled persons who have a physical or a mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities such as walking, seeing, and hearing can request reasonable accommodations in the rules, policies, practices or services and/or if necessary, they can request that reasonable modifications be allowed to be made to a dwelling in order that they may be afforded the equal opportunity to the use and enjoyment of the dwelling.

To download more information regarding Fair Housing, visit our Publications Database and click Housing.

The work that provided the basis for this presentation was supported by funding under a grant with the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public.  The author and presenter are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this presentation. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government.