What Housing is Covered?
Fair housing laws cover most housing. Owner occupied buildings with four or fewer units, single family homes sold or rented without the use of a broker, and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members (such as fraternities and sororities) are exempt from some fair housing laws.
What Actions are Prohibited?
Equal access to housing must be provided regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, national origin, or disability.
In the sale and rental of housing, this prohibits:
- Refusal to rent or sell housing
- Refusal to negotiate for housing
- Making house unavailable
- Denial of a tenant
- Setting different terms or conditions on sale or rental of housing
- Falsely denying that housing is available
Where Can I File a Fair Housing Complaint?
Fair housing complaints may be filed directly with:
Where Can I Get Legal Advice?
Where Can I Find Out More About Fair Housing and Tenant's Rights?