What does the Law say about Fair Housing ?

The Fair Housing Act is federal law for the entire United States.  The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, or seeking housing assistance.  The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin. 

When selling or renting housing, it is illegal to refuse to rent or sell housing, refuse to negotiate for housing, set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling, or otherwise make housing unavailable.  It is against the law to make, print or publish any notice, statement or advertisement with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation or discrimination.  It is against the law to impose different sales prices or rental charges for the sale or rental of a dwelling, to use different qualification criteria or applications, or sale or rental standards or procedures, such as income standards, application requirements, application fees, credit analyses, sale or rental approval procedures or other requirements. 

The Fair Housing Act prohibits harassment or delay of maintenance or repairs.  If you feel you have been discriminated against when trying to rent or buy housing, contact a fair housing advocate or consult with an attorney.