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Fair Housing Info

The fair housing laws protect everyone from discrimination in the sale or rental of housing. When based on race, religion, gender, disability, etc., the following are discriminatory actions:

  • Refusing to rent or sell housing to you.
  • Sexually harassing a tenant
  • Falsely informing you that housing is unavailable.
  • Asking you to pay a different amount for rent or security deposit.
  • Excluding you from living in an apartment or neighborhood.
  • Evicting you based on the race of your friends or family.

Because you have children, your landlord CANNOT:

  • Limit where you live.
  • Charge you a higher rent or security deposit
  • Deny you housing.

If you are considered disabled, your landlord CANNOT refuse your reasonable
request to:

  • Alter your dwelling to accommodate your disability (Examples: include: lowering sinks, installing ramps, etc.) However, changes would be     made at your expense and you can be asked to change the unit back to its previous condition when you leave.
  • Change rules, procedures or policies to allow you to live in your place of choice with your disability. Examples include: allowing service animals, assigning handicapped parking, etc.

Did you know?

  • A Landlord or Realtor can not steer people and families to or away from a particular neighborhood or a certain part of an apartment complex.
  • Landlord, Realtor or mortgage Lender can not charge a higher security deposit or lending rate based only on a protected characteristic, example: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability.
  • A Landlord or Realtor can not have different qualifying standards for different groups of people.
  • A Landlord or Realtor can not misrepresent the availability of house or apartment
  • A Landlord or Realtor can not engage in sexual or racial harassment.
  •  A Landlord can not deny a reasonable accommodations request for people with disabilities.

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